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Ohio Militia Calls for Armed March on Washington

By David Holthouse on April 24, 2009 - 9:28 am, Posted in Militias

The self-identified leader of the Ohio Militia, a conspiracy-minded “Patriot” group, released a video earlier this week calling for 1 million heavily armed antigovernment demonstrators to march on Washington, D.C., this coming July 4.

“We need to do something,” he said. “We need to make a dent.”

Identifying himself as “Pale Horse,” apparently a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and speaking through a creepy voice distorter, the Ohio militiaman detailed his brazen vision: “A peaceful demonstration of at least a million — hey, if we can get 10 million, even better — but at least one million armed militia men marching on Washington. A peaceful demonstration. No shooting, no one gets hurt. Just a demonstration. The only difference from any typical demonstration is we will all be armed.”

The Ohio Militia website contains apocalyptic language and imagery, along with references to various 9/11 and “North American Union” conspiracy theories. Videos show men said to be Ohio Militia members engaged in small-unit, live-fire combat training. One video is titled “America’s Wake Up Call: Buy Guns.” A different video slideshow depicts assault weapons, mushroom clouds, George Bush, Satan, Osama bin Laden and lots of men in camouflage on maneuvers. It’s set to “Goofy’s Concern,” a song by Butthole Surfers, a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas, that includes these lyrics: “I don’t give a fuck about the FBI! I don’t give a fuck about the CIA! I don’t give a fuck about LSD! I don’t give a fuck about anything!”

That video concludes with a message to the Michigan Militia, one of the largest and oldest militia groups in the country: “Thanks for letting us train at Camp Stasa with you guys.”

It isn’t clear that the Ohio Militia is capable of bringing a busload of protesters to Washington, let alone a million or more. But Pale Horse’s call for a gathering of gun-toting militia forces in the nation’s capital brings to mind a similar infamous call to arms issued in 1994 by Patriot movement attorney, filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Linda Thompson. Thompson — who once told the editor of this blog about being personally and repeatedly followed by black helicopters, shot at by mysterious attackers, and having a beloved dog zapped by a secret government ray gun — was probably best known for producing the pseudo-documentary “Waco: The Big Lie,” which alleged a government mass murder in the 1993 standoff in Texas. Although the video was widely circulated, its claims were soon debunked.

Proclaiming herself “Acting Adjutant General” of the “Unorganized Militia of the United States,” Thompson announced that her armed march would take place on Sept. 19, 1994. She said her unorganized army would demand the repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Brady Bill, a gun control measure. U.S. senators and congressmen who refused to accede would be arrested, tried for treason and, if necessary, executed by firing squad or hanging, she said.

Thompson’s plan was almost universally denounced by right-wing groups, including most of the militias that were then appearing all over the country, who accused her of attempting to lead them on a suicide mission. Many in the movement suspected that Thompson was an agent provocateur working for the government.

Response to Pale Horse’s suggestion for a more “peaceful” display of force remains to be seen.

  • zach

    I believe his reference to “pale horse” maybe from the book.. behold a pale horse.

  • Ed Miller USN(Ret)

    All of your ranting hasn’t accomplished anything. The Left and Right are joining forces to take your Last Right away. The Right to Bear Arms. We are closer to a civil war than you think. Better keep your ammo dry and ready. Mine is. And I’m a Fleet Marine Force Sailor and Former U. S. Marine Corps Sergeant. Time to stop bickering over people’s liberties you don’t like and treat them as allies or we all lose this war. I don’t like gays or druggy’s lifestyles, but it’s their Right to live their life as they see fit, just as you have a Right to live yours. Think about this for a second: “I have more Respect for a Prostitute, Drug User, and Gay Person than I do most Americans. Now Email me and Tell me Why.”

  • Mike Luchini

    It seems pretty co-incidental that alot of the things described in this article as false or non existant, have actually come to be true. It give great credence to why americans should join a militia today. The wolf is at the door. Ignore him and he will own you. Call them crazy if you will but they were right. God help us, they were right.

  • jeff bragg

    really tired of the wanna be gun grabbers in this country,the goverment as it is is all about power ,control,money and the taking away of our rights its time to take a stand for our freedoms

  • Ron diberto

    There is a better way of doing it. 1 million men marching into DC. (No guns, no weapons) just men. Have 500,000 or more split into 2 subgroups. March into DC with the Senate and Congress in full session. Have those groups march into those sessions and take it over. Taking control of these sessions takes control of the country. If he had planned it this way things would have been differant. Then Real Change would have happened. A true “Civil War” would have been started and ended the same day.

    “People should not be afraid of its Govenrment. The Government should be afraid of its people.”

    For we have the true control.

  • 7 3 9 1 0 /\/

    Well Scott, first off the people should look out for the people, as demonstrated by the formation of these militia groups.

    Personally I don’t understand why these issues are even being discussed when we have a much bigger one looming over us. Why do people not see that our federal government has literally become “Big Brother”?

    Why are more people not outraged over the fact that federal proceedings outweigh state proceedings, this would be blasphemy to our forefathers… Small federal gov, Big state gov. That’s how it should be.

    I suppose ill just answer my own question, since ill undoubtedly be dissatisfied with the one i get from this lot.

    The simple reason the majority of people aren’t outraged and not joining up with these militias is because of the truly genius and subliminal way that we are fed propaganda.

  • Scott

    Does anybody out there know the National Guard was created to defend the people from the U.S. government and its militarys. Now they take thier orders from the government. Who’s looking out for the people?

  • Isaac

    there is evidence of ballot rigging in the 2000 and 2004 elections, and it’s blatant that the media and the GOP brick-walled Ron Paul in the primary ensuring that Obama, who the media had been prepping the public for since at least 2006, would face no serious opposition from GWB Jr….

    even if Bush and Obama where fairly and freely elected, it by no means abridges me of my right to due process, and it has been the actions of this and the previous administration to imprison people for years on end without charges or oversight by the courts, and that in it of itself is an act of treason punishable by death.

    The ones who think the army and national guard are the “patriots”, are the same ones who think that the US government “keeps us free”, these are the same deluded idiots who do not understand that the only laws that keep us free are those that restrict the government.

  • charly smarjesse

    why does ryan the non aryan use the wordage we will be surprised.who are the we????he certainly speaks as if he has law enforcement in his background.

  • charly smarjesse

    is it possible that kate and richard are cops or possibly married???

  • charly smarjesse

    tantrums?????blowing off steam????i have used every method as youve suggested with only laughable results sorry to you teach for a living????respectfully charly

  • Kate De Braose

    Being violent and lashing out blindly will lead only toward worse conditions for everyone and more suspicion on the part of authorities.

    Some people feel better after they have had a little tantrum, but most find themselves in even deeper trouble, depending on the damage they’ve inflicted on someone else.

    How much trouble is it to write a letter to the editor or even to your own representatives? Pick up the phone and speak to your senator’s staff about your particular problems and ask for specific help. They will pass on the message to the Washington offices at the very least. But don’t stop there. Keep writing and calliing until you get specific help. Communication is the cheapest method of protest and a very good way of letting off steam.

    How much trouble does that represent to you personally?