February 17, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, [PA]--A Middlesex Township man who was accused of threatening to shoot a police officer is looking at up to four years behind bars. Michael S. Filaroski, 43, was sentenced Tuesday by a Cumberland County Judge to 24 to 48 months of confinement on one count of firearms not to be carried without a license. In July, as police were arresting his son, Colin Filaroski, on a drug-possession charge, Michael Filaroski threatened to shoot the police, telling them he was a member of the "Three Percent Militia" -- a self-described, far-right patriot movement that opposes government intervention, except as stated in the U.S. Constitution. Filaroski threatened to shoot everyone involved   

December 25, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

EL PASO, [TX]--His radio crackled. “Can you hear it?” a veteran Army soldier named Tim Foley asked one weekend afternoon while traversing the remote trails off the remote community of Sasabe, a dot along a busy drug-smuggling corridor in southern Arizona. “They’re pushing something through,” he said. “And they’re not too far.” When the housing market collapsed and Foley, 57, lost his construction job and then his home, he moved to Sasabe, on the U.S.-Mexico border, to start his own citizens’ border patrol. Foley prefers to call his group, Arizona Border Recon, a nongovernmental organization, but others label it a militia and scoff at the notion of private individuals, many   

December 14, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PHOENIX, [AZ]--A man affiliated with a militia group was sentenced to five years in prison in a police sting in which he and two others thought they were stealing cocaine from smugglers. Robert Deatherage previously pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Authorities say Deatherage and two other men stole drugs from an SUV that authorities had stocked with cocaine as part of the 2015 sting. They say the sting was arranged after one of the other men involved portrayed himself to an undercover officer as a mercenary who had stolen drugs from smugglers. The two other men have already pleaded guilty in the case. One was sentenced to seven years in pri  

November 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

CLEVELAND, [OH]--A brief glance at the robin’s egg blue, two-story home on the east side of Cleveland — complete with a low white fence around the raised porch and a grassy front yard covered by leaves — and you would not think it contained a small arsenal. Until, that is, you realized it was inhabited by members of the Three Percenters, a militia group, which named itself for the claim that only 3 percent of the population fought in the American Revolution. On its website, the group referred to itself as a “structured group of United patriots willing to protect our rights against a tyrannical government and foreign invaders.” The group seems particularly concerned with “Big Gove  

November 18, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

TUCSON, [AZ]--Heavily armed figures in military uniforms patrol the border between the US and Mexico, looking out for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. But these aren't US Border Patrol officers or member of the US military. They're members of a civilian paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon (AZBR). Formed in 2011, the armed group is made up of former US military and law enforcement servicemen and women, as well as private security guards. Led by US Army veteran and former meth user Tim "Nailer" Foley, the group – which claims up to 200 volunteers – does not consider itself a militia, but rather a group of citizens supplementing US Border Patrol efforts to counter illegal b  

November 1, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--Down a Georgia country road, camouflaged members of the Three Percent Security Force have mobilized for rifle practice, hand-to-hand combat training -- and an impromptu campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. As the most divisive presidential election in recent memory nears its conclusion, some armed militia groups are preparing for the possibility of a stolen election on Nov. 8 and civil unrest in the days following a victory by Democrat Hillary Clinton. They say they won't fire the first shot, but they're not planning to leave their guns at home, either. Trump's populist campaign has energized militia members like Hill, who admire the Repub  

October 28, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

ALBANY, [NY]--The FBI says a man forming a militia in Greene County wanted to attack federal buildings in Albany. Robert Twiss is being held without bail. The FBI launched its investigation after it learned Twiss was forming or had formed a militia that had violent intentions. An informant posed as someone interested in joining and recorded Twiss. Investigators say Twiss talked about killing dozens of people, and using a Molotov cocktail on an FBI building in Albany. He's also accused of plotting to cripple a FEMA building in Albany, which doesn't exist. Twiss was taken into custody on Sunday. View More>>  

October 20, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--America's militia extremist surge received national media attention during the occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge by Ammon Bundy and a group of armed supporters, but it has continued to rise alongside Trump, with his legitimization of white nationalist politics and his apparent inspiration of insurrectionists across the country. The Patriot movement is an overarching description for a range of anti-government groups – from organised militia groups to tax protesters and so-called “sovereign citizens”. They have burgeoned during the Obama years and have carried out actions, such as the occupation of a wildlife refuge to border patrols in Arizona.  

October 15, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

COVINGTON, [GA]--An armed militia is targeting a Muslim congregation in central Georgia, calling its plans to build a new mosque an effort to build a training ground for the Islamic State group. The Islamophobic attacks from the militant group known as the Georgia Security Force III% have raised concerns of "uncivil threats" from the local county government. The Al Maad Al Islami congregation sought approval from county commissioners in August to build its new mosque in Covington, a suburb of Atlanta. They had been meeting for years at the home of imam Mohammad Islam for evening prayer and had grown large enough to require a building to house their events. The 200-member congregat  

October 14, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

LIBERAL, [KS]--Federal investigators said Friday they stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group that planned to detonate bombs at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live. Three southwest Kansas men were arrested and charged in federal court with domestic terrorism, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said at a news conference in downtown Wichita. The three are suspected of conspiring to set off a bomb where about 120 people – including many Muslim immigrants from Somalia – live and worship, Beall said. An apartment at the complex also serves as a mosque, officials said. Curtis Allen, 49; Gavin Wright, 49; and Patrick Stein, 47, were arrested in Liberal on