U.S. Federal agents arrested four suspected members of a Georgia militia
on charges of plotting attacks with toxins and explosives in Atlanta and against unnamed government officials.
There’s a lot of anger out there. But the alleged plot
by Midwestern militants and violent outbursts by scattered individuals don’t signal any coming wave of extremist violence, federal investigators say.
There’s more fizzle than fight among self-styled militias
and other groups right now, they say, and little chance of a return to the organized violence that proved so deadly in the 1990s.
“Captain Hutaree,” his wife and two sons planned with other militia members to kill a law enforcement official to draw the officer’s colleagues to the funeral, authorities say.
Then, according to an indictment unsealed Monday, the militia planned to attack the funeral procession to kick off its war against the U.S. government.
Federal prosecutors plan to unseal charges today against members of a self-described Christian militia arrested Saturday and Sunday in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
At least seven people were taken into custody in raids by an FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force as part of an investigation into an Adrian-based unit of the Hutaree, a group that professes it is training in modern armed combat techniques for a prophesized coming battle with the Antichrist.
At least seven people, including some from Michigan, have been arrested in raids by a FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana as part of an investigation into an Adrian-based Christian militia group
, a person familiar with the matter said.
Other other militia members say that the FBI targeted the Hutaree after its members made threats of violence against Islamic organizations.
AUSTIN, Texas – (KRT) – When FBI agents searched a rented storage locker in a small east Texas town last year, they were alarmed to discover a huge cache of weapons and the ingredients to make a cyanide bomb capable of killing thousands. Just as startling was the identity of the owner of the arsenal, […]
Contra Costa Times, Mar. 20, 2003 http://www.bayarea.com/ By Thomas Peele, CONTRA COSTA TIMES Extremist paramilitary or militia groups have re-emerged in California and other western states, calling themselves a last line of defense but acting like camouflage-wearing vigilantes. While experts who track such groups said they see little solid evidence of a surge, they agreed […]
The Dallas Morning News, Feb. 28, 2003 http://www.dallasnews.com/ By BRIAN ANDERSON, Dallas Web Staff “Remember Waco!” It became the rallying cry for thousands of disenchanted Americans fed up with what they perceived to be an overzealous government bent on gun control and the abolition of privacy rights. With rifles in hand and camouflage on their […]
Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Nov. 27, 2002 http://www.zwire.com/ By Rick Hellman, Editor Kansas, Missouri and the farm belt in general are the setting for much of the action in Daniel Levitas’ book, published this month by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press. To the gun-loving, IRS-hating, Federal Reserve-suspecting radicals whose exploits Levitas chronicles in the book, Jews […]
AP, Nov. 17, 2002 http://www.wvgazette.com/static/apnews/?story=ap0011r.php ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — The founder of the West Virginia Mountaineer Militia, who was imprisoned for plotting to blow up an FBI fingerprint center, has filed a lawsuit against the federal prison in Ashland over religious practices. Floyd Raymond Looker, 62, claims his constitutional right to worship has been abridged […]
Feds were seeking evidence to keep militia leader in prison, wife claims Daily Press & Argus, Nov. 10, 2002 http://www.dailypressandargus.com/ By Kasey MacAllister The wife of imprisoned former militia activist Mark Koernke says the Wednesday seizure on her home by special agents was nothing more than a conspiracy by the federal government to extend her […]
U.S. Marshal’s remove firearms from home of imprisoned militia activist Daily Press & Argus, Nov. 8, 2002 http://www.dailypressandargus.com/ By Kasey MacAllister Firearms and an assortment of radio broadcast equipment were among the items reportedly confiscated by federal agents in two separate searches of the home of imprisoned militia activist Mark Koernke Wednesday in Webster Township, […]
The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov. 3, 2002 http://www.mlive.com/ By Steven Hepker A 56-year-old retired teacher says bomb materials found in a hole on her property Thursday were her late husband’s and they were stolen from her barn. “I moved the stuff out of the house and into the barn 30 days after my husband died, […]
A Rulo, Neb., survivalist cult is among those profiled in “The Terrorist Next Door.” Omaha World-Herald, Sep. 8, 2002 http://yellowbrix.com/pages/newsreal/Story.nsp?story_id=32820545 Daniel Levitas gets a lot of mail from hate groups delivered to his Atlanta, Ga., post office box. He expects it. He subscribes to it. Levitas gets newsletters, videotapes, audiotapes and other hate material. He […]
Outfit tries to regroup, but few are interested The Courier-Journal, Sep. 8, 2002 http://www.courier-journal.com/ LEXINGTON, Ky. — The militia movement in Kentucky, once a stronghold of paramilitary activity in the United States, appears to be waning. With former Kentucky State Militia commander Charlie Puckett in prison and Steve Anderson — another high-profile member of the […]
By Associated Press, Sep, 9, 2002 http://www.maysville-online.com/ LEXINGTON – The militia movement in Kentucky is waning due to a fading national interest and some high-profile arrests, experts and militia members say. With former Kentucky State Militia commander Charlie Puckett in prison and Steve Anderson – another high-profile member of the group – being sought as […]
Billings Gazette, Sep. 1, 2002 http://www.billingsgazette.com/ By ROB CHANEY, Of The Missoulian The spotlight may have drifted away from the Militia of Montana, but co-founder John Trochmann is still focused on government corruption, United Nations conspiracies and other “threats to liberty.” The Noxon resident and former snowmobile parts maker spoke to the Missoula County Republicans’ […]
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 29, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Militia-Leader.html LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The former commander of the Kentucky State Militia was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Thursday on federal weapons charges. Charles N. Puckett, 55, pleaded guilty in May to two weapons charges and one count of intimidating a witness. Eight charges involving guns, pipe […]
Norman Olson plans ‘strategic retreat’ after group casts him aside AP, Aug. 28, 2002 http://www.detnews.com/2002/metro/0208/28/c07-572797.htm TRAVERSE CITY — In the mid-1990s, Norman Olson lorded over the Michigan Militia, a brash, camouflage-clad preacher and gun dealer who railed at the government and trained his troops in the north woods. By decade’s end, the militia’s main body […]