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Oath Keeper Convicted on Weapons Charge, Attempted ‘Citizen’s Arrest’

By Booth Gunter on October 25, 2011 - 3:26 pm, Posted in Militias

All Darren Wesley Huff wanted to do was arrest some county officials in Tennessee who refused to indict President Obama for using a fraudulent birth certificate. The problem is, that’s not really a criminal offense. And Huff had no authority anyway.

But he was a member of the Georgia Militia and the Oath Keepers, both antigovernment “Patriot” groups that see the federal government – and, presumably, Obama – as part of a global conspiracy to establish a socialistic, one-world government. 

So, intent on making a “citizen’s arrest,” on April 20, 2010, Huff set out from Dallas, Ga., in his pickup truck with a loaded Colt .45 and an assault rifle with 200 to 300 rounds of ammunition.

The cops were waiting. A bank manager had told the FBI that Huff had divulged a plan to take over the courthouse in Madisonville, Tenn., arrest some two dozen officials and prevent the trial of another man who had earlier attempted the same improbable feat. Huff was taken into custody by state police in Tennessee before ever reaching his target.

Today, a federal jury in Knoxville convicted him on a charge of carrying a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use it in a civil disorder. Huff, 41, faces up to five years in prison. The jury acquitted him of using a firearm in relation to another felony.

Huff told the jury last week that he was humiliated by the whole affair, because “my government has called me a potential domestic terrorist,” The Associated Press reported. He denied that he had threatened to take over the courthouse.

Huff did testify, however, that he sought to help Walter Fitzpatrick, a retired Navy commander who lives in Madisonville and is a leader in the Patriot group American Grand Jury (AGJ). Fitzpatrick had earlier been arrested when he tried to place a grand jury foreman under citizen’s arrest for failing to investigate Obama for fraud. The AGJ seeks to indict Obama for treason on the grounds that he is not a U.S. citizen.

At the time of his arrest, others in the Patriot movement wrote that Huff was a Christian Identity minister and also chaplain of the Georgia Militia, which announced on its website at the time that its chaplain (who remained unnamed) had been removed from office. Christian Identity is an anti-Semitic and racist theology.

Huff isn’t the only Oath Keeper to run afoul of the law.

Matthew Fairfield of North Olmsted, Ohio, was convicted in February 2010 for carrying concealed weapons and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Police found a cache of weapons and a napalm bomb stored over the garage at his house in the Cleveland suburb. Fairfield, 31, was president of a local Oath Keepers chapter, a prosecutor said.

And, in August, authorities in Texas apprehended Charles Alan Dyer, 31, following a nationwide manhunt that began when Dyer failed to appear in an Oklahoma court on charges of raping a 7-year-old girl. Three days before his Aug. 15 date in court, Dyer’s home in Stephens County, Okla., burned to the ground. In addition to the child rape charge, Dyer was accused of possessing an unregistered grenade launcher, one of three stolen from a California military base in a weapons shipment bound for Iraq.

The Oath Keepers group attempted to distance itself from the man it once considered its liaison with the U.S. Marine Corps. Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the two-year-old organization that encourages police officers and soldiers to disobey orders that may be unconstitutional, acknowledged the group’s contacts with Dyer.

  • krissy

    April 20th belongs to hitler followers and or pot smokers.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Just more proof that these Constitutional “scholars” don’t know anything about the Constitution or law.

  • Peter Hockley

    “The AGJ seeks to indict Obama for treason on the grounds that he is not a U.S. citizen”
    Well under that definition these idiots have to arrest me and anyone who isn’t a US Citizen! There is whole lot of us!

  • Jimmy Neal

    J.D. also missed the part that said Mr. Huff is from Georgia, not a citizen of Tennessee. The mantra of these right wing-nuts is “Local Control,” so, why are citizens of Georgia in Tennessee interfering with their political affairs? Mr. Huff would likely be the first one “up in arms” if a group of “citizens” from L.A. California came to his town and tried to arrest the people he voted for.

    In the many stories I’ve read about this incident there is no mention of the other OathKeepers and militia members who were there and “chickened out” when the chips were down and the blue lights started flashing. They all turned tail and ran away, leaving Mr. Huff holding the bag.

  • Mark

    Slow day? Not close to news worthy.

  • Paul

    Not surprisingly, J. D. has failed the reading comprehension test.
    What this article refers to as “not a crime” is the refusal by the Tennessee officials to indict President Obama.
    Oh, and just being a citizen does not give anyone a “right” to make a citizen’s arrest. There are very specific conditions that must apply, such as personally witnessing the criminal behavior.
    J. D. is the mindless one in this instance.

  • Donna Sims

    I am hoping that Darren Huff will be sentenced to prison and kept behind bars until President Obama is safely out of office. He, and the people who went with him to Tennessee, are a danger to all of us. I can’t help wondering what is happening with the other Oath Keepers and the Georgia Militia during this time leading up to the 2012 election. The Oath Keeper and Georgia Militia members that I know are very vocal about their plans to take action of a violent nature if our president is re-elected and many of them carry such hatred for him that I can’t be sure he will be safe long enough to see the election.
    The rhetoric that I hear and read tells me that these militia people are organizing an effort to insert themselves into local governments and one small and growing branch here in my area even claims that law enforcement and local politicians here and in a neighboring county are “on board” with their stated plans to see all who are not part of their militias “perish” and to “take over the White House by armed force” if the president is re-elected. I can’t really imagine that they will disband and give up their plans to eliminate all “liberals” even if the president isn’t re-elected. I see them as a potential threat to any county government that they see as out of step with their agenda.
    They have no respect whatsoever for the rights of the rest of the citizens of this country to elect our representatives and officials without fear of having them step in with arms and remove them if they don’t match their ultra conservative, racist militia agenda.
    I see this as one of the largest threats to our safety and our Democratic system and, although Darren Huff and a few others have been disarmed and taken off the streets, there are many, many more who are plotting still and doing what they can to secure private areas for themselves to train and develop their strategies to take over neighborhoods and local governments for their own use.

  • J. D.

    “The problem is, that’s (using a fraudulent birth certificate to establish legitimacy for the Presidency) not really a criminal offense.”

    Really? I guess that clears the way for America’s first Canadian President.

    “And Huff had no authority anyway.”

    So he wasn’t a citizen? Obviously, that’s all the ‘authority’ one needs to make a citizen’s arrest.

    The mindless rhetoric of SPLC bloggers grows more blatant with every publication.

  • Erik Weiss

    This reminds of a Book that is being sold on Amazon called Rebel Call. It alludes to former Vets that become Neo Nazis and start assassinating prominent civil rights leaders. It reads like the Turner Diaries, albeit a little more modern. I visited the Author’s Facebook page and he has friends like April Gaede and Harold Covington. His book is graphically violent, and explicitly racist.