August 9, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

MINNEAPOLIS, [MN]--Four years ago, FBI agents in Minnesota brought down an Army veteran and self-described militia leader named Keith Michael Novak, who pleaded guilty to identity theft after a federal investigation found he had sold personal details on dozens of former military colleagues. But as they scanned Novak’s encrypted hard drive, the agents found more than they had bargained for: A large cache of child pornography, which led prosecutors to seek a new indictment before Novak could be released from prison on the original charges. On Wednesday, a federal appellate panel upheld the 12-year sentence imposed on Novak last year after a federal jury found him guilty in the subsequent ch  

August 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--Energized by Donald Trump’s coarsely confrontational nationalism, the armed right-wing fringe is doing more than stepping out of the shadows in 2017. Detachments of armed men in fatigues have become fixtures at liberal protests, forming the vanguard of what’s become known in some quarters as the “counter-resistance.” Now, in a smattering of states with histories of right-wing extremism, chapters of groups like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters may be emerging as even more direct political players, providing security for local pro-Trump politicians and Republican organizations. In one case, a Three Percenter was found to be employed on a state lawmaker’s sta  

August 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--Angela Roman, a legislative aide to Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge last week and served four days in jail for the offense, according to her lawyer. She also paid a $100 fine, was required to let authorities keep the gun involved in the incident and is serving 18 months probation, records show. Roman, 37, made an illegal gun transfer when she lent her Ruger pistol to an acquaintance, Matthew Heagy, according to court records. As a convicted felon, Heagy, 31, cannot possess guns. Roman's attorney, Mark Brownlee, said Heagy and Roman are both members of Oregon Three Percenters, a wing of the anti-government militia movement that  

July 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

MINNEAPOLIS, [MN]--To the FBI, they were part of a Minnesota militia group possibly gearing up for a violent showdown with the government. Members of the group, called United Patriots of Minnesota 3%, say they’re nothing more than patriots defending hard-won liberties secured by a handful of forefathers who stood against tyranny. No one has been charged in the investigation, which spilled into public view recently when a federal judge unsealed search warrants in the case. But the probe underscores the complexity of balancing protected speech with trying to root out domestic terror. Soon after agents kicked in the door to his Red Wing home last December, Jason Thomas documented the aftermat  

July 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

KALKASKA, [MI]--A village council meeting in Kalkaska drew dozens of people and some groups who said they were there to keep the peace. Members of the Great Lakes Three Percenters, and other Michigan Militia groups gathered in Kalkaska early in the day. Their commander said, although they had been in contact with village president Jeff Sieting about being outside the meeting, they weren't there in support of him, just to provide security. The militia group has members from around the state who train regular and were carrying long guns and pistols outside the meeting. Police were aware that some of the people outside were doing to be armed. The Great Lakes Three Percenters said they always l  

July 19, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

AUSTIN, [TX]--State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to explain why a private militia group appeared at a Saturday campaign stop in McAllen. Abbott, who’s running for reelection, visited with supporters but also drew protesters — some of whom were stunned when they noticed armed, camouflage-wearing members of the Texas State Militia. The group reportedly stood with local law enforcement and observed protesters. Some protesters and members of the Texas State Militia were seen speaking casually, along with staff members from Gov. Abbott’s campaign. Hinojosa raised questions about their connection to Abbott. In a letter sent Tuesday to the governor, the lawmaker w  

June 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

CALGARY, ALBERTA, [CN]--They call themselves the Three Percent. They’re armed, say they’re ready for war on Canadian soil, and experts say they are dangerous. In front of Calgary City Hall, a couple dozen of them stood shoulder-to-shoulder in an attempt to make an unbreakable human wall. Each of them wore a uniform consisting of a black T-shirt emblazoned with a Roman helmet—a look that wouldn't be out of place in a biker gang. It was a line filled with mostly men, and a few women, who you wouldn't want to go toe-to-toe with in a bar. All of them were white. Some of the III% (the "three percent," as they call themselves) brought shock canes—a non-lethal weapon that can deliver up to   

June 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--In the woods south of Atlanta, John and Yvette DeMaria are with about a dozen camouflage-wearing, heavily armed Americans huffing and puffing as they scramble to navigate the sprawling piece of property where they train, one weekend a month, to ward off enemies — foreign or domestic. The DeMarias are with the Georgia Security Force militia, whose members are relieved that Donald Trump won the presidency but believe it would be a mistake to lay down their arms just because he is in the White House. So they continue to take to the woods to be ready for whatever may come, whether it’s an economic crisis that spawns unrest or Islamic extremists carrying out attacks on Am  

May 31, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--A judge called a New Hampshire man a "bully vigilante" and sentenced him Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for his role organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after a standoff with U.S. agents in 2014. Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus became the first person sentenced for his ties to the confrontation that became a rallying cry for those who want vast stretches of federal land in the U.S. West put under local control. Eighteen others are in custody. DeLemus has been jailed for almost 16 months, so the sentence means the 62-year-old former U.S. Marine will spend about six more years behind bars. View More>>  

May 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

WASHINGTON, [DC]--A top Oregon Republican said Monday he’s considering using militia groups for security purposes after a man directing anti-Muslim rhetoric at two women fatally stabbed two men and injured a third this weekend. Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman James Buchal told The Guardian that recent protests have prompted members of the Portland GOP to consider security alternatives. He said that might mean making arrangements that don’t rely on police. “There are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters,” he added. “We’re thinking about that. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Na