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Militia Gains Strength; Officials Fear For Safety ‘There Cannot Be A Cleansing Without The Shedding Of Blood,’ Says Militia Leader Cal Greenup

This sidebar ran with story, accompanied by a map of Montana: TURMOIL IN MONTANA Arrests of seven men this month are heightening an already tense situation in Montana between public officials and self-styled militia members who call themselves freemen, constitutionalists or tax protesters. Here’s a look at this right-wing political movement throughout the state. ROUNDUP - Six “freemen” and a co-founder of the Militia of Montana were arrested this month for felony intimidation, being a criminal syndicate and carrying concealed weapons. CASCADE - Cascade Mayor Tom Klock, who calls himself a “freeman,” was charged with felony criminal syndicalism and official misconduct in office. Before his arrest last week, the mayor wanted to make Cascade a freeman enclave. HAMILTON - Constitutionalists threatened to take over the Ravalli County courthouse earlier this month. Scared public officials, including judges, want a new state law to make it a felony to threatened or impersonate a public official. NOXON - The Militia of Montana, based here, is becoming a national leader in the militia movement. It’s also a business enterprise - selling videos and pamphlets attacking the “New World Order.” KALISPEL - The year-old Militia of Montana held one of its first organizational meetings here, tapping from the remanents of United Citizens for Justice, formed after the 1992 Randy Weaver siege near Naples, Idaho. HELENA - The Montana Human Rights Network, based here, is calling for a local, state and federal task force to combat armed radicals and death threats. Network president Ken Toole says he sees a coordinated criminal enterprise. Also, the counties of Beaverhead, Fergus, Granite and Teton have passed local ordinances taking local control of all federal lands in those counties. Staff research: Bill Morlin Staff graphic: Warren Huskey

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