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Alleged Militia Leader Implicated In Plot

A man ordered to stand trial on weapons possession charges was the leader of a heavily armed militia group that planned to use snipers to kill immigrants trying to illegally …


Judge Tells Freeman To Help Fbi, Irs Sentencing Delayed For Farmer Who Tried To Defraud Bank

A federal judge has postponed the first sentencing of one of the Montana freemen to see how much cooperation the man gives to investigators. “I don’t want to send you …


Judge Goes Easy On Freemen Member Passing Bogus Check To Court Earns Man $2,699 Fine, Three-Year Suspended Sentence

A man who claims membership in the Montana Freemen has drawn a fine and suspended sentence in a phony check case here. Steven McNeil was convicted in April of passing …


Texas Separatists Indicted In Kidnapping

Republic of Texas separatist leader Richard McLaren and four followers were indicted Monday in the kidnapping that sparked a weeklong standoff with scores of state troopers. McLaren, Gregg Paulson, Karen …


Texas Police Cut Power To Separatists

Police Thursday cut electrical power to the trailer here in the West Texas mountains where armed separatists have been holed up for five days. Despite a promise not to pull …


Pair Sought By Police Get Pal’s Sympathy One Brother Just Defended Another In Ohio Shootout, Man Says

Two Colville men sought for shooting at police in Ohio aren’t criminals and merely got carried away, says a friend. “I share their point of view,” said Mark Reynolds, a …


Two Freemen Found Guilty Of Numerous Fraud Charges

A member of the Montana freemen and his associate were convicted Friday in a scheme to buy vehicles with bogus financial instruments issued by the anti-government group. Russell Dean Landers, …


“The War Within” The War Within Working Independently But With A Common Goal, Rebels Throughout The Nation Are Attempting To Disrupt And Overthrow The Government

1. “Today, we are preparing to take over the U.S.A. Tomorrow, the world,” says the leader of the Aryan Republican Army, a racist group charged in 19 bank robberies. Read …


“The War Within” Domestic Terrorism And Anti-Government Crime In The U.S.

The anti-government crime that’s so familiar to the Inland Northwest is cropping up across the country, mostly since the April 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. 1. Location: …


“The War Within” Raising Cash For The Movement

1. Police destroy a contanimated trailer used in a drug lab operatin near Burns., Ore. Photo by Harney County Sheriff’s Department 2. Anti-government activist Edwin Dale McCLain awaits trial on …


“The War Within” Mean, Lien Legal Machine

1. Carl Whalen, left, and Bill Stultz ponder their next move after the Arizona Supreme Court rejected their challenge of a lower court’s jurisdiction on charges they filed fraudulent liens …


Freeman Still Defiant After Arrest Tells Newspaper He’s Not Ready To Cooperate With Government

A jailed freeman from North Carolina has told his hometown newspaper that he is not ready to submit to the U.S. government’s jurisdiction. In a seven-page letter to The Charlotte …


Militia Sympathizer’s Sentence Suspended Man Caught With Illegal Arsenal Provided Information To Agents

Dennis Stucker, a friend of militia activist Calvin Greenup who was caught with an arsenal of illegal weapons, tearfully said he was sorry Monday, and got a suspended sentence. Prosecutors …


Jailed City Worker Blisters U.S., Banks Masker Runs Water Plant, Cashes Checks, But Quit Paying On $30,000 Loan For Jeep

Richard Masker, a city employee who holds anti-government beliefs, is in jail after he railed against the banking system and refused to pay his car loan. Masker is Sandpoint’s water …


Militia Head Moved To Halfway House

The former head of the Washington state militia, who is accused of teaching people how to make pipe bombs, was moved from jail to a halfway house Wednesday after a …


Freemen Standoff Figure Not Praising Fbi Now

Colorado state Sen. Charles Duke, who tried to end the Montana freemen standoff in May, has ended his honeymoon with the FBI. Duke, who brought federal agents and freemen to …


Common-Law Group Threatens To Arrest Officials Idaho Sovereignty Tells Magistrate, County Workers To Retake Oath Of Office

A leader of Idaho’s common-law movement says supporters plan to arrest an Ada County magistrate and possibly hundreds of county officials across the state. Gary DeMott, a leader in a …


Colorado Grand Jury Indicts Freemen Associate Computer Technician Accused Of Forging Bogus Checks

An associate of Montana’s freemen has become the first person indicted by a state grand jury investigating anti-government groups in Colorado. Computer technician Rickie Allen Wilson, 45, formerly of Conifer, …


Picnic For Really Big Family Proved Costly Montana’s Support Role In Standoff With Freemen Will Cost Fbi Plenty

The armed standoff with the Garfield County freemen this spring cost Montana more than $720,000, but the bills read more like a family shopping list than a counter-terrorism operation. Make …


Montana Militia Delivers Message In Wenatchee Gathering Focuses On How Such Groups Are Misunderstood

The Militia of Montana brought its warnings about one-world government to Washington on Saturday as about 150 people gathered in a hotel ballroom to hear dire predictions of the nation’s …


Militia Leader Pays Fine In Pennies

A militia leader convicted of assaulting a police officer made a $50 penalty payment in pennies, prompting clerks to work overtime to count the coins. Bruce Alden Banister, 30, of …


Freemen Leader Visits Jailed Cohort Clark Confers With Schweitzer; Surrender Possible Thursday

A freemen leader was flown by the FBI to Billings Tuesday to confer with a jailed comrade, and a source told The Associated Press that the group could surrender as …


Freemen Resume Fbi Negotiations

The freemen returned to the negotiating table a day after four among them left their compound, and a senior official said Friday the defections will delay, for a while, further …


Ruling Bodes Ill, Says Mom Who Left Freemen

An FBI agent flexes while another jogs near the freemen compound. Photo by Associated Press


Armored Vehicles Moved Closer To Freemen Ranch

Federal agents moved three armored vehicles closer to the freemen ranch Sunday, within the FBI’s road blocks around the ranch where the anti-government group has been holed up for 70 …


Freemen Institute Founder Blasts Freemen Author Says Radical ‘Outlaws’ Have Destroyed The Good Name

W. Cleon Skousen, conservative author and lecturer who helped found the original Freemen Institute, says the term has become distorted and destroyed by outlaws. “As a 16-year veteran of the …


Poll: Freemen Shouldn’t Get Special Hearing

Most Montanans do not favor granting the freemen a special hearing before the state Legislature, a new poll for the Lee Newspapers shows. More than 60 percent of the 800 …


Fbi Orders Media To Leave Vantage Point Near Ranch Eviction Not A Prelude To Move Against Freemen, Official Says

Two network cameramen take photos of the media hill overlooking the freemen enclave Wednesday. The FBI has obtained an order that removes all media from this site. Photo by Associated …


Traditional Day Near Compound Memorial Day Services Held As Freemen Standoff Continues

People here gathered for traditional Memorial Day services Monday as the freemen-FBI standoff at an outlying ranch reached 64 days with no apparent developments. In Jordan, the Veterans of Foreign …


Armed And Militant Fugitive Wanted On Federal Weapons Charges Has Advocated Violence Against Government

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