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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.”

  • Kiwiwriter

    Well, Terry, my answer to you is a simple one:

    The outpatients are out in force, and your idiotic outburst proves it.

    Which foreign nation is running the United States? Bhutan? Monaco? How about Andorra?

    What does Noah have to do with this situation…well, maybe if the polar ice caps all melt, and “Waterworld” becomes something more than an extremely expensive movie that bombed with the critics….

  • Terry

    The whole place is falling into lawlessness…as in the days of Noah..

    There is an unelected foreign nation running American gov today..perverting our elections to their favor…spilling American blood…stealing American money, and yet..nothing is ever said about this people…

    Their ‘works’ are ALWAYS overlooked…and they use their control over media to always point their finger at someone else…Amazing..

    When the government looks lawless…then these things will happen..

    The media is totally corrupt…we dont even know if this story is true…or if they were forced to say they did these things..

    I have no trust in any institution where large amounts of money are present…there are many Judas Goats out there that will do anything for money and power.

    Lawlessness breeds lawlessness

    A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves…

    If someone tries to reverse this communist agenda…are they then called criminals? Im not sure what these men did..if they did anything at all…INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY…That used to be the American way…

    There could be a totally different side to this story…I find it rather odd that the government has turned against the troops..now ALL OF A SUDDEN…all these so called troops are committing these nefarious things..

    I DONT BELIEVE ANYTHING THE MEDIA SAYS..I THINK THIS IS A FALSE FLAG CRISIS DESIGNED TO STEAL AWAY OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS…a false flag crisis that works on only the sheeple people who cannot think for themselves…and look at the evidence, which is 3 incidents close together involving military men..while the goons in Washington seek to destroy this nation from withing through disarmament of the people against the Constitution…

    THOSE ARE THE TRUE CRIMINALS..AND YET…THEY TAKE OATHS TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION..AND YET..THEY WORK AGAINST IT..

    THOSE ARE THE TRUE CRIMINALS…HOW COME THEY ARE NOT ARRESTED AND IN JAIL…

    HHMM?????

    Beasts have taken control over America…until they are eradicated..this insanity will never stop..

  • Kiwiwriter

    Reynardine, fascinating about narcissism…I have run into at least one borderline narcissist personality in my lifetime, and they can be quite scary.

    I think narcissism is heavily at the core of the leaders of these wacko movements…their need to have a surrounding mass of slavelike fans. That and being cynical opportunists and self-serving con men.

    Don’t worry about the Kutuzov quote.

  • aadila

    Curiously enough, Reynardine, I have found no trouble deciphering the ideas of the many exotic characters who find their way to this forum. Whether or not I understand any of them is another matter.

  • Reynardine

    Kiwi, you’ve found that exotic characters won’t translate into this format; they become question marks. Even if I’d had the right keyboard, that Kutuzov quote would not have entered properly.

  • Reynardine

    Actually, Aadila, the character iin that story was Rick Scott, and it wasn’t his nose.

  • aadila

    “Ruslan,you’re absolutely right, and I’m not disagreeing with you.”

    It’s a good thing you said that. I read somewhere that somebody once disagreed with Ruslan only to end up cutting off his own nose whilst taking a shave. This episode became the little known factual inspiration for Gogol’s short story “The Nose.”

  • Reynardine

    Kiwi, you are right about all of it. It’s the trait of malignant narcissist to regard other people as objects, but first they have learned to regard themselves as objects, which must be magnified and shined to a perfect brilliance in the pupils of these others’ eyes. That is what distinguishes the malignant narcissist from the pure sociopath or psychopath, who simply fulfills every impulse wthout inhibition, empathy, or ruth (an old word for foreseeing the consequences of one’s deeds and regretting the probable consequences towards others in advance, so as to refrain). Those are in many cases inborn; they’re “missing a chip”. The malignant narcissst has learned: learned that how he (or she) looks in the eyes of others determines whether he gets a lick of ice cream or a licking.. Therefore, he must be “seen” properly; he must have enough power to ensure that others do, and that those who don’t are punished/destroyed. In the worst cases, it can co-exist with psychopathy and Machiavellianism: the notorious “dark triad”.

    Ruslan, some time back, you questioned whether “totalitarianism” is a real construct. Maybe not politically, but psychologically, it is. To paraphrase Earnest Hemingway: The authoritarian walks into the bathroom, pulls a gun onhimself, and orders what move he is to make. The totalitarian walks into the confessional, pulls a gun on himself, and says, “Repent all your bad thoughts about me!”

  • Kiwiwriter

    “@Kiwiwriter

    I would disagree that William Pierce considered the slaughter of innocents as “mistakes.” He was a man who held great contempt even for his “white” people. Not surprising seeing as how he quit his job to live off of hard-working though severely misguided people.”

    Ruslan,you’re absolutely right, and I’m not disagreeing with you.

    In the course of studying neo-Nazis, I stumbled on the life and times of Milton Kleim, who used to claim the title of the “net’s Number One Nazi,” until he decided to chuck it all with some public posts, which I found on the NizKor website. In the posts, he quoted from Dr. Pierce’s magnum opus, and I was nauseated by some of his output, including this one:

    “”Certainly, we must have made some mistakes today — mistaken identities, wrong addresses, false accusations — but once the executions began there was no admitting to the possibility of mistakes. We deliberately created the image of inexorability in the public mind.” (TTD, Chapter 23)”

    Pierce also wrote:

    “…{T}here is no way we can destroy the System without hurting many thousands of innocent people — no way.” (TTD, Chapter 6)

    That’s what I meant when he referred to “making mistakes.” And his attitude to the situation, as you rightly point out, was contemptuous, and shrugging. I was struck by that and appalled by it.

    I read in the Intelligence Report, the interview with Von Brunn’s son, and the elder Von Brunn, who shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington, had the same attitude. He talked about nuking Washington, even though that would kill his son, who lived in Annapolis.

    The cavalier attitude of these people towards killing other human beings is repulsive. They have no respect for any other human being on earth…which makes me believe that they don’t respect themselves…you can’t respect others if you don’t respect yourself, it seems to me.

    Narcissism is strongly tied with self-hatred, I have read. I have also read that what these people really want is not to bring the Rapture or Utopia…but to make everyone else as miserable as they are, and I think there’s some validity to that idea.

    Ultimately, Hitler did turn on his own people…as the war ground to its finish, he showed contempt for them, ordering the destruction of the Reich’s power plants, water supplies, railroads, and so on, so that the Germans he’d led for 12 years would live in a desert. Told that such a move would have horrible results, he just sneered that the German people were not worthy of his greatness. They had betrayed him.

    I wonder if the militia leaders share that same narcissism?

  • Kiwiwriter

    “Kiwi,

    I’ve gotta take a little disagreement with you. Semyon Budyonny WAS a great military leader.

    It’s just that Pi?sudski and Sikorski were better :D”

    Aron, I would point out that Budyenny did well in the Russian Civil War with his cavalry, but failed pretty disastrously in the defense of Kiev in 1941, which is what I graded him on.

    I also left out two other poor generals: Neil Ritchie and Rodolfo Graziani.

    Rokossovsky was a superb general, and he was part-Polish. I believe he made Marshal while still under a temporarily suspended sentence of death from the Stalinist purges. Not well-known in the West.

    My favorite WW2 generals and other leaders are Lucian Truscott, Guy Simonds, Bill Slim, Richard O’Connor, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Robert Eichelberger, Matthew Ridgway, Jim Gavin, Bert Hoffmeister, Lord Lovat, Pete Quesada, Keith Park, Andrew Cunningham, Raizo Tanaka, Willis “Ching Chong” Lee, Ray Spruance, Alphonse Juin, Fridolin Von Senger, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Joseph Stilwell, Leslie Moorehead, and Keith Park.

  • Heather Morcroft

    Sam, if only the Tea Party meant Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness for everyone……..

    And on the Pagan/Wiccan thread, a pentacle or pentagram on one point can also signify a second degree Gardnerian.

  • aadila

    What will more killing solve?

  • Reynardine

    It appears Georgia is seeking the death penalty against Aguigui.

  • Reynardine

    Yeah, Aadila, it is.

  • aadila

    Is that true about he-snakes? Eeewww.

  • Reynardine

    Not qualified at all on matters military. One of my favorite lines, though, was ascribed to Kutuzov, and it applies to my advancing years, even though I might have to alter the adjective a little:

    Ty seriy
    a ya sedoi.

    (Sorry kirilitsa not available)

  • Aron

    And Tukhachevsky was even better! Nothing like commanding an invasion hundreds of miles from the front, while luxuriating in your own private train! xD

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    But Rokossovsky was the best!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I was just picking one group that tends to wear pentagrams. “All anarchists are Wiccans” wouldn’t have the same effect.

  • Aron

    Kiwi,

    I’ve gotta take a little disagreement with you. Semyon Budyonny WAS a great military leader.

    It’s just that Pi?sudski and Sikorski were better :D

  • Reynardine

    I second Coral Sea herein. The Wiccan pentagram is set on two points, so you can inscribe a human figure, standing akimbo, within its points (if a star) or its angles (if a pentagon). The Satanist pentagram is customarily inverted- on one point- and may have a goat’s head inscribed (goats seem to have that reputation because of their strange pupils). The Masonic star also stands on one point, but, despite hysterical claptrap, has nothing to do with Satanism.

    Thanks, Coral Sea, for the information connecting Rand, La Vey, and by implication, Friedman. It’s like finding out the first hobos really came from Hoboken and he-snakes are really forked more places than their tongues.

  • CoralSea

    Ruslan –

    I respectfully submit that pentagrams or pentacles are not exclusively satanic. They have been used by many groups, including the Masons and, of course, Wiccans and other pagans. Please don’t perpetuate the myth that anyone (or any place) sporting a pentagram is a satanist. (And, of course, satanists are basically just highly disaffected Christians — or followers of Ayn Rand. See Bruce Wilson’s latest posts on talk2action.org for the use of Rand’s books by that paragon of lunacy, Anton LaVey, to create the “Satanic Bible.”)

    Wiccans and other pagans are NOT satanists! We have enough trouble rebutting this erroneous concept without having a man of your stature blurring the lines.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Sandy Berman said: “The opposite of truth”…

    The plotters were left wing anarchists. Anarchists don’t follow a central ideology because….. they are anarchists. All anarchists are left wing.”

    No, they were not “left-wing anarchists”, and there doesn’t seem to be any proof that they were even anarchists at all, save for their tattoos which were said to resemble and anarchy sign. A pentagram resembles an anarchy sign, and the pentagram is used by Satanists. This doesn’t mean Satanists are anarchists.

    Also, how can you claim that anarchists don’t follow a central ideology and then immediately after claim that all anarchists are left wing? Oh wait, I know how…ignorance!

    @Kiwiwriter

    I would disagree that William Pierce considered the slaughter of innocents as “mistakes.” He was a man who held great contempt even for his “white” people. Not surprising seeing as how he quit his job to live off of hard-working though severely misguided people.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Mike tells us that militias aren’t dangerous because “they don’t plan on hurting innocent people.”

    And, as we know, every plan ever made in human history that involved weaponry and violence went off perfectly, with no damage to civilian targets, no civilian or innocent casualties, and no mistakes by the planners.

    Mike, tell us again about the great military achievements of Crassus, Philip II, John Pope, Ambrose T. Burnside, Johnny Hamilton, Semyon Budyenny, Archibald Percival, Maurice Gamelin, Robert Nivelle, William Calley, Oskar Dirlewanger, Masanobu Tsuji, Stanislaw Kaminski, and Timothy McVeigh…and how their plans worked out.

    Also, even William Pierce admits that innocents will die in the great rebellions the neo-Fascists dream of. Yes, he does! In “The Turner Diaries,” he refers to mistakes being made and millions of innocents dying.

    So don’t tell me that militias “don’t plan on hurting innocent people.” You’ve been watching too many war movies, in which only the heavy and the second lead get killed.

    “No battle plan survives its first contact with the enemy.” — attributed to Clausewitz.

  • JAC

    Sandy Berman said: “The opposite of truth”…

    The plotters were left wing anarchists. Anarchists don’t follow a central ideology because….. they are anarchists. All anarchists are left wing.

    The also were not white supremacists either. The leader was Chamarro from Guam and would never be a allowed to join a WS group. Some of you guys are pretty clueless.

  • Reynardine

    Actually, if I knew of a bunch of damn poison apples, I’d probably advocate blowing them up.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Mike, it’s pretty reasonable to point out that the government hasn’t really been doing a good job of looking out for people’s rights. But I don’t see why these militia movements would do any better.

  • Reynardine

    Dammit, Mike, take Thorazine, not Jonestown Koolaid.

  • mike

    Erika and every other ignorant person who says militias are dangerous are stupid…….they don’t plan on hurting innocent people…….yet you don’t fear the government or cops who motto is shoot now ask later……soon you won’t be able to but a gun and they will have shake downs at every corner…….people need to open up and see what is happening

  • Sam Molloy

    NOFEAR, your last line is universally agreed to be correct. The Occupy protesters sense it and educated economists know it. Reasonable people can wish for a European style Socialist state, but I personally believe the Tea Party, sans Religious Fanatics, have the best formula: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

  • Reynardine

    Thank you, Eric Grahamer.

  • Reynardine

    Treason could also be open insurrection by an entity within the United States (as in the Civil War), but it must be active, not merely planned, and the Constitutional requirement is that there either be two witnesses to the same act, or that the accused confess it in open court. That is why treason charges are rarely brought. Sedition and related charges have only ordinary standards of proof.

  • Aron

    Loving the FEAR name, guys. Very Keystone Kops.

    At least they didn’t choose a name like SPECTRE or The Guild of Calmitous Intent.

    And NOFEAR, I think you may have come to the wrong website. The forum you’re looking for is Stormfront, dear.

  • Eric Graham

    In the first sentence: “Four members of secret militia group.” I’m sure you meant “Four members of a secret militia group.” ;^)

  • Sandy Berman

    As a long time member of the SPLC, I know full well that you were warning of such things as the infiltration of our military by white supremacists and militia members.

    As usual, your prescient predictions were spot on.

    Bless you all for your vigilance and hard work.

  • aadila

    It’s not surprising that Wikipedia is the first and last stop for SawdustAnnie.

    Sigh…do you suppose it ever read Noam Chomsky?

  • Little Anarchy Annie

    Thanks for stopping associating these guys with “Anarchism”! There’s absolutely no evidence any of these guys are Anarchists other than some obscure tattoo, which is ridiculous. Anarchists are peaceful Leftwingers who abhor war–I’ve never heard of them joining the military, or forming a militia or trying to poison things or kill the POTUS, etc. It must be a mistake on the case of the Prosecutor? In any case, I will have to see the evidence presented that they have ANYTHING to do with “Anarchism”! Noam Chomsky & Emma Goldman are Anarchists, can you imagine them being involved in something like this? LOL! Thanks for your Great Work, SPLC & Mark Potok!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism

  • NOFEAR

    However, we should point out that these men had a excellent point and reflect the idea that the government isn’t a government of the people anymore. Even if the way they wanted to change it might have been questionable at best, you can’t row a boat with out creating a ripple. You can call it hate or whatever, this country needs a change!!!!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    If the military court martial tries someone for a serious crime, that means the military has to foot the bill for incarcerating them. This is a colossal waste of money, but unlike the Pentagons other many colossal wastes of money, this one gives them no benefit in return. This is why, for example, if you want to commit a lot of minor felonies(drug possession, dealing, unauthorized weapon possession), I suggest you do it in the army.

  • CoralSea

    One of the good things about having them tried in Georgia is that I am assuming that more information about who these guys are and what the heck their motivations were will come out.

    This sort of thing is very disconcerting, and I would suspect that, given the crazy rhetoric that is given air time just now, there are probably many more like them, with addled minds, crazy ideas, and access to guns, bombs, and who knows what else?

    As Erika said, it’s too bad that Janet Neapolitano allowed herself to be bullied by Right wingers into removing discussion of malcontents coming from within the armed forces as a having serious potential to wreak havoc in that report on terrorism. Of course, I’m sure that if any comments are made about these guys by the Rightests at all, it will be to paint their activities as “isolated incidents.” Isolated incidents — but there is definitely a thread that ties many of these scary people together.

  • Kiwiwriter

    As usual, this confederacy of dunces was exploded when one of its members ratted out his buddies. There is no honor among thieves and junior Fascists.

    Poisoning fruit crops and blowing up a dam…yes, that would certainly win friends and influence people.

    Dan, the reason they are not facing charges of treason is that the Constitution is fairly specific on defining treason: you have to aid an enemy nation in time of war. Unless they can prove these guys were working for a foreign power that was at war with us, they can’t nail them for treason.

    Note that Richard Reid and Walker Lindh were NOT charged with treason, even though they tried to cause chaos for Al Qaeda, because Al Qaeda is not a nation, it’s a terrorist organization, so they’re considered a criminal group, like pirates.

    Why they’re not getting court-martialed is interesting…the military has ceded jurisdiction in the past in criminal cases. One that comes to mind is the Walker spy case of 1985. John Walker’s son Michael was photographing secret documents on his aircraft carriers, USS Nimitz and USS America, and giving them to his father, who in turn sold them to the Soviet Union.

    When the Walker gang was nailed, Michael was taken into custody on his carrier, USS America, by Naval Investigative Service, but was removed from the carrier by Marine escort, and flown to the United States, where he was turned over to the FBI. He stood trial in a civilian court for his espionage crimes, and went to prison. He did NOT face Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    I’m really not sure how civilian jurisdiction applies in situations like this…particularly as one of the people killed seems to have been military. It may be that the fact that they were plotting the overthrow of the country resulted in the law enforcement agencies and the military chain of command deciding that the civilian charges outweighed UCMJ. They were planning an attack on the country, not robbing the PX of liquor.

    This incident, however, is going to be a nightmare for the idiots’ first sergeant, platoon leader, company commander, executive officer, and commanding officer. How’d they miss these guys, hey?

  • Kevin

    There wouldn’t normally be a courts-martial since the murders took place off the installation. It’s rare the military doesn’t defer to the civilian courts in those cases.

  • John the Drunkard

    Gawker has reported that Isaac Aguigui was a page at the 2008 Republican National Convention. A news photograph from ’08 appears to match the current mug-shot.

    http://gawker.com/5938288/lead.....-as-a-page

  • carol paton

    Yes, why did the military not court martial these men?

  • Reynardine

    Dan, being tried for murder in Georgia is not, to my understanding, a nice experience, and under the doctrine of two sovereigns, if they manage to walk in Georgia, the feds can still try them without invoking double jeopardy. There are probably a whole bunch of sovereigns who’d like to get their mitts on these guys. Washington State is not going to be amused by somebody playing Snow White’s stepmother with their whole crop. If they have not done enough to be tried in a U.S. District Court for treason, they’ve sure met the test for sedition. Even if they are eventually acquitted of every charge every different sovereign brings aganst them, they’ll be standing trial from now until the hour of their deaths. Oklahoma still has charges pending against Ted Bundy.

  • aadila

    “Why are they not charged with treason at a court-Marshall? ”

    All good questions…but thanks to George W. Bush we don’t have the right of habeus corpus in the United States any more, so there is no guarantee these people or anyone else will ever be charged while being held indefinitely in our country, much less granted access to a lawer or any other so-called “right”.

    Habeus Corpus R.I.P (1215-2006)

  • ModerateMike

    I don’t doubt that there are plenty of groups out there who are hard at work trying to discredit this story. Even if this particular group is apolitical, surely it hurts the public image of militia groups in general.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    Why has the case been moved to a civilian court? Why are they not charged with treason at a court-Marshall? Why have they not been declared enemy combatants and moved to Guantanamo Bay?

    This seems to be a very rare case of a genuine home-grown terror cell that was not created and run by the FBI.

    They seem to have been actually willing and capable of carrying out violent acts, and had already begun to do so. Why such a low-key response?

  • Erika

    These guys – likely unintentionally – came up with what might be the perfect name – I definitely FEAR idiots with guns and bombs who are out to kill people indiscriminately. Its not as good as calling their secret anti-government militia the Covert Group, but its appropriate.

    Now lets see – anyone now disbelieve the report that there were dangerous militias trying to recruit people in the military?

  • Jim Barry

    Thank you for all your hard work keeping hate at bay……