November 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown sentenced defendant Darryl Thorn on Tuesday to a year and a half in federal prison followed by three years supervised release for his role in last year’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Following prison time, Brown ordered Thorn be released to a halfway house for up to 90 days. In March, a jury found Thorn guilty of conspiracy to impede federal officers as well as carrying a firearm in a federal facility. Both are felonies. Brown also found Thorn guilty of two misdemeanors: trespassing and tampering with vehicles and equipment. Prior to his trial, prosecutors offered Thorn a deal: He could plead guilty to trespassing,  

November 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--A man who tried to get Mormon church leaders to mediate an end to last year’s occupation of a federal wildlife center in Oregon by armed militants was sentenced on Wednesday to two years on probation for his own brief role in the takeover. Wesley Kjar, 33, a Utah native who prosecutors said acted as a bodyguard for occupation leader Ammon Bundy in the early days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge siege, pleaded guilty last June to a single count of conspiracy to impede federal officers. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison. Federal prosecutors had recommended Kjar (pronounced “Care”) be confined to his home during the first five months of his  

November 23, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

ATLANTA, [GA]--There are more than 500 armed militia groups in the U.S. CBS46 wanted to break through the stereotypes and find out what a typical militia group believes. So I went to a training site in Alabama to spend time with the III% Security Force, which is a very tight-knit group. I met the leader of the militia during my coverage of Charlottesville. I kept in touch with him for months and was able to earn his trust. So, I took it a step further and asked him if I could train with the force. There was some back and forth, but I did it, and it was a day I'll never forget. As bullets fly, the men become brothers in battle.  "I've been in situations where I felt helpless, I felt defense  

November 17, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

BAY CITY, [MI]--With a pot leaf inked onto the back of his shorn head, Theodore J. Visner testified he did indeed break the law by repeatedly selling medical marijuana to undercover cops. He asserted, however, that he does not believe such conduct is in fact illegal. Such was one of many bizarre aspects in the Nov. 16 continuation of Visner's preliminary examination. The hearing began Oct. 26, at which point the 50-year-old defendant with professed militia leanings represented himself and called Bay County District Judge Mark E. Janer a "grammar teacher" and a criminal, and called Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Bernard J. Coppolino "a dork." Visner is charged with 16 counts -- eight counts   

November 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

MINNEAPOLIS, [MN]--Minnesota’s militia groups are active, but their movements are almost never seen by the general public. Through public records and interviews, the Fox 9 Investigators got a rare look at one of the groups. Joshua Raider is a commanding officer in the United Patriots of Minnesota 3% and one of the few willing to talk about the movement publicly. He said people told him not to do an interview. His brother video-taped the conversation between Raider and the Fox 9 Investigators. When asked what the group stands for he replied: “Protecting community, gun rights, the 2nd amendment, that kind of stuff. Pretty straight up stuff.” The name, 3 Percenters, comes from the Americ  

October 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--On Saturday afternoon, Tanesha Hudson set up a lunch buffet in a conference room on the top floor of the Central Library on Market Street. A few dozen people spooned mac ’n’ cheese and other dishes onto disposable plates and sat at folding tables to eat. Hudson planned the meeting, a sort of citizens committee, she says, for the Charlottesville community to discuss how to “start holding the city more accountable for the way things turned out” the weekend of August 12. But only a handful of community members were in attendance—they were outnumbered by members of independent militia and other Three Percent and American patriot movement groups, who drove in from   

October 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--At the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August, Virginia's public safety secretary, Brian Moran, did a double take when he spotted men in military fatigues with assault weapons clipped, infantry-style, to lanyards around their necks. "They're not ours, are they?" Moran asked his deputy, momentarily confusing the men with state National Guard soldiers. No, they were not. Rather, they were part of a homegrown militia: heavily armed men self-appointed to ostensibly help keep the peace. They failed at that, as did Charlottesville law enforcement. The day ended with one woman killed when a man identified as a Nazi sympathizer rammed his car into a crowd o  

October 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PHOENIX, [AZ]--After a massive resurgence of American militia groups following President Barack Obama's 2008 election, the Southern Poverty Law Center -- which tracks data on the anti-government movement -- reported a decline in patriot groups in 2016. In its annual report, the SPLC found that patriot groups dropped 38% last year and that militias within the patriot movement dropped 40%. The organization attributed this decrease to "(hope) that (Donald) Trump would become the new face of the federal government." So what about American militias not identified and analyzed by the SPLC in its annual report? The Southern Arizona Militia, which is not included in the report, is run by a welder wh  

October 18, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

MACON, [GA]--There are more than 10,000 Three Percenters—heavily armed Second Amendment supporters who believe their right to own firearms is under attack—scattered across the country. According to the Anti-Defamation League, many members of this "extremist movement" have gathered into small militias and adhere to the unfounded belief that only 3 percent of colonists fought in the Revolutionary War. If a small group of armed citizens could fend off the British, the thinking goes, a militia can still single-handedly battle "tyranny" today—as long as it still has guns. On the premiere of HYSTERIA, VICE goes inside the Georgia Security Force III%, a small militia in a rural part of the s  

October 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

ALBANY, [NY]--A Greene County militia member who boasted to an informant about being a resistance fighter and attacking federal buildings in Albany will serve no more time behind bars. Robert Twiss, who spent five months in jail and has been free since March when he pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court by Senior Judge Thomas McAvoy to time served plus five months' home detention and three years of supervised release. The 59-year-old father of five from Earlton faced up to 2½ years in prison for unlawful possession of a rifle by a felon. He had been convicted of burglary in 1981. View More>>