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Prosecutors: Secret ‘Militia’ in Army Planned to Blow Dam, Poison Apples

By Bill Morlin on August 27, 2012 - 3:48 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Militias

Four members of a secret militia group, now facing murder charges in Georgia, operated inside the ranks of the U.S. Army and discussed blowing up a dam and poisoning fruit crops in Washington State, authorities said Monday. The motives of the alleged plotters remained murky.

The revelation came as Army Pfc. Michael Burnett, 26, struck a plea bargain with prosecutors in Long County, Ga., agreeing to testify against three other soldiers who called themselves the FEAR militia (Forever Enduring Always Ready).

Burnett pleaded guilty to manslaughter, illegal gang activity and other charges as part of a plea deal, The Associated Press reported. Other members of the militia group include the group’s reported leader, Isaac Aguigui, of Cashmere, Wash., and Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon, whose ages and hometown weren’t available, The Associated Press reported.

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The four soldiers, stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia, spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components, and now face charges in the execution-style murders last December of former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York. The pair was shot to death in the Georgia woods, near the U.S. Army base. The killers apparently believed the militia group had been betrayed by Roark, who left the military two days before he and York were shot “to be silenced,” The AP reported.

Aguigui, who was home-schooled before being accepted at West Point preparatory school, funded the militia using $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the death of his pregnant wife a year ago, The AP reported. Aguigui was not charged, but Long County Prosecutor Isabel Pauley said the young woman’s death “was highly suspicious.” It was not disclosed where she died.

“This domestic terrorist organization did not simply plan and talk,” the prosecutor said at Burnett’s court hearing. “Prior to the murders in this case, the group took action” and possessed the “knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans.”

In a videotaped interview before he was “separated” from the Army, Aguigui called himself “the nicest cold-blooded murderer you will ever meet,” Pauley said, according to The AP. Aguigui used the Army to recruit militia members who wore distinctive tattoos that resemble an anarchy symbol, the prosecutor said.

The group allegedly conspired to bomb an undisclosed hydroelectric dam in Washington and talked about poisoning the state’s apple crop.

Many of the firearms were purchased at High Mountain Hunting, a gun store in Wenatchee, Aguigui’s father, Ed Aguigui, confirmed today when contacted by Hatewatch. “We don’t talk about any of our customers’ purchases,” an employee at the gun store replied when asked about that today.

Ed Aguigui told Hatewatch that he had “no clue” as to the location of the land in Washington State that reportedly was purchased by his son and members of his militia group. “I served my country for 20 years and I honor that, take pride in that,” Ed Aguigui said when asked about his son’s alleged antigovernment activities. “I don’t know what my son’s views are, and where they came from.”

“The only thing I can say right now is this case is moving from the military to the state courts in Georgia,” Ed Aguigui said. “I don’t think it would be right to say much more at this point.”

The suspect’s grandmother, Gloria Aguigui, of East Wenatchee, Wash., said her large family is from Guam. Annette Aguigui, the suspect’s mother, homeschooled Isaac and his five brothers and sister while their father spent a career as a U.S. Army combat engineer. “When they were little kids, they weren’t even allowed to have guns,” Gloria Aguigui told Hatewatch. “Isaac never got into trouble, and was always helping out. I have no idea what happened.”

  • aadila

    Such kindness will reverberate through 20 lifetimes.

  • Reynardine

    Aadila, I hereby award you an Epigrammy.

  • aadila

    Exactly, Rey. That’s where the rubber meets the road.

  • Reynardine

    I really thought Monaco was your best choice, since the Grand Duchy of Fenwick was said to have been modelled on it. You are right that the Anglo-French Condominium would have been better, since it’s clearly a decadent European conspiracy to manufacture Condoms©, and thus destroy morality. But we’re just goofing around here. The real villain is actually San Marino, even though Ronald Reagan tried to pretend it was Grenada.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “Kiwi,

    There is, between France and Italy, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a little bitty kingdom. The name of this kingdom is Monaco.-

    L. Tolstoi, “It Costs Steep””

    Reynardine, I referred to Monaco in my post.

    Actually, I kind of wish that the British and French never gave New Hebrides its independence in 1980. It was an Anglo-French Condominium, with two separate legal and political systems, even two separate postage administrations, for one island. People could be either under British rule or French rule, on the same set of islands. There were two completely different legal systems, one British, one French. The King of Spain appointed the Chief Judge.

    During World War II, they were a major US military base, and the birthplace of a lot of “Cargo Cults.”

    48 hours before they gained their independence, the British and French sent in Foreign Legionnaires and Royal Marines to put down a rebellion that would have turned the independence celebrations into a nightmare. Now it’s the Republic of Vanuatu, and for a while, they were one of Muammar Al-Qaddafi’s few allies.

    It would have been wonderful to come here and answer these goofballs by suggesting that the evil foreign power behind America’s throne was the Anglo-French Condominium in New Hebrides. It’s perfect for conspiracy theorists.

  • Reynardine

    In fact, that’s a GOOD idea! I’m starting some today! Wish there was some way to share real hard cider around a virtual Stammtisch!

  • Reynardine

    Y’know, it’s just the time of year when I could poison some dam apples by turning them into hard cider.

  • Erika

    Terry, while they always have claimed “innocent until proven guilty” in practice it was actually “innocent until proven Black” or “innocent until proven poor.”

    Now with the rise of the for profit prison industry and the need to bring in more and more prisoners so that vulture capitalists like Mitt Romney can make more and more money, middle class White people are finally learning what poor Black people have always known: the criminal justice system is largely a tool to enforce the class system through selective enforcement.

    Instead of fighting the real enemy – which is the voracious capitalist goal to turn everything into a for profit enterprize and to privatize gains while socializing risks – you are falling into their trap by embracing your gun and your Bible. The fact is that they do not care about your gun. Your gun is not a threat to them unless you are stupid enough to actually use it against someone who isn’t Black or to actually fight against the class system.

    Now personally i would like it if the government sent in people to take guns from people like you simply because paranoia and firearms don’t mix.

    But honey, you aren’t the Black Panthers, the government isn’t going to machine gun you while you’re sleeping. You are just a useful idiot to the right wing.

  • Reynardine

    Kiwi,

    There is, between France and Italy, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a little bitty kingdom. The name of this kingdom is Monaco.-

    L. Tolstoi, “It Costs Steep”

    There is the archvillain nation!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    According to the Bible, in the days of Noah there was no “law.” It doesn’t come out and say that, but Noah lived before Moses when the law was handed down to the Jews. So basically people are living “wickedly” but God never really told them how to live in the first place. It’s really a terrible, terrible book.

    Terry, ask yourself how many “false flag” shooting sprees they need to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. Because I don’t know if you noticed, but there have been dozens of mass shootings in the last ten or more years, and none of them managed to prompt draconian gun laws.