Category: Militia Groups

FBI sees little chance of copycat militia plots

Militia groups 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.

Hutaree militia members arrested in Sunday raid to be charged today

Hataree Christian Militia 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.

Seven arrested in FBI raids linked to Christian militia group Hutaree

Hataree Christian Militia 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.

9 years after Oklahoma City blast, militias remain shadowy groups in U.S.

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, which included nearly half a million rounds of ammunition and more than 60 pipe bombs. He was not some foreign terrorist with ties to al-Qaida but a 63-year-old Texan with an affinity for anti-government militias and white supremacist views. William Krar, an itinerant gun dealer,

California militias revive their rhetoric

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 that the timing for a resurgence seems ripe. “It just absolutely fits. From a strategic point of view it makes perfect sense,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. Militias in rural states have gone largely unnoticed since their apocalyptic

Patriot games:

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 backs, they trained in survivalist tactics, sharpened their marksmanship and preached of government conspiracies and the guerilla war they were prepared to wage against an ever more repressive society. “It has been said, and I think correctly, that the militia movement was conceived at Ruby

Homegrown radicalism: Book examines anti-Semitic roots of phenomenon

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 are bogeymen pulling the strings behind a curtain marked “government.” The book’s leading character is William Potter Gale, the father of the modern Posse Comitatus movement, and the more recent militia and Christian Patriot movements that flowed from it. It is Gale’s voice that opens

Inmate sues prison over spiritual worship

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 by prison authorities. Looker, who said he is a Messianic Jew, alleges prison officials make him attend Protestant services and have canceled Jewish services. Messianic Jews worship in the Jewish tradition and believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah — Jews for Jesus is an example