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Five More Suspects Indicted in FEAR Militia Terror Plot

By Bill Morlin on September 11, 2012 - 4:04 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Militias

Three former U.S. Army soldiers are among five additional suspects indicted Tuesday in Georgia for their alleged roles in a secret militia plot that led, allegedly, to a double homicide.

The group, calling itself the FEAR Militia, was secretly formed by soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart. Its members armed themselves with $87,000 in assault weapons and discussed taking over the military base, poisoning fruit crops and blowing up a dam in Washington state, and assassinating President Obama, authorities say.

There are now 10 defendants facing state charges in Georgia in connection with the alleged militia plot and murders. No federal charges have been filed, but the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is closely monitoring the case.

Tom Durden, the district attorney in Liberty County, Ga., has said he will seek the death penalty against the alleged ringleader, Army Pvt. Isaac Aguigui of Wenatchee, Wash., as well as Pvt. Christopher Salmon and Sgt. Anthony Peden, whose hometowns haven’t been disclosed.

Named in new indictments were Adam Dearman, Timothy Joiner, Randall Blake Dearman and Antony Garner, The Savannah Morning News reported. The four are charged with illegal gang activity and various counts of theft, burglary and auto break-ins.

The burglaries and thefts “were committed in an effort to fund FEAR and what FEAR was at least advocating they wanted to accomplish,” Durden was quoted as saying by The Associated Press

FEAR stood for Forever Enduring Always Ready, according to investigators.

The militia group was started after Aguigui got a $500,000 insurance settlement after the July 2011 death of his pregnant wife, Dierdre Wetzker Aguigui, who also was a soldier. She died at Fort Stewart where the couple was stationed. They met while attending a West Point Academy prep school.

Her father, Alma Wetzker, who lives in Minneapolis, told the Seattle Times last month that Dierdre Aguigui’s death, and that of her unborn child, remained “undetermined and under investigation” by authorities who labeled the case “highly suspicious.”

After getting the $500,000 insurance settlement, Aguigui allegedly used the money to fund the secret militia, prosecutors have said in outlining their case in court.  The money reportedly was used for the purchase of land for a militia base in Washington state and the expenditure of $87,000 for assault weapons from a Wenatchee gun store, High Mountain Hunting Supply.

It hasn’t been disclosed if those weapons were used in the double homicide.

Last December, two days after he left the Army, former solider Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York, were lured into a wooded area near Fort Stewart and fatally shot, execution-style. Authorities say they believe the assassinations were carried out to protect the secrecy of the anarchist militia group operating with the ranks of the U.S. Army.

It was those murders and the search for the suspected killers that eventually led investigators to the FEAR militia.

Further insights were gained when one member of the group, Army Pfc. Michael Burnett, struck a plea bargain, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and started talking to investigators.

The other defendants charged in the case are Heather Salmon, who is Christopher Salmon’s wife, and Christopher Jenderseck, who is charged with evidence tampering. The prosecutor said Jenderseck is accused of helping the soldiers burn clothing they wore during the killings of Roark and York.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Rev. Renee:

    I saw that occasionally myself in the Navy…it could be simultaneously a raceless meritocracy and a collection of savages at the same time.

    Of course, recruiters are desperate to make quota, and they will find ways to haul in young men and women who promptly disgrace themselves.

    I don’t think it’s as bad as it was when judges could and did sentence young men who had messed up to six months in jail or three years in the military. But I do agree with you.

  • marta

    No Federal charges is because they are not Muslims. Having said that I do point the finger to Bush for not standing up to his father and Chaney to allow the hitlerian polices to escalate. Our troops have, as one said, been brained washed to commit crimes. Obama, picked up where Bush left off, and next will be Romney. What our government started has caused the increase in crime in the United States, not by muslims but our own, especially the young, and heightened the crimes by the KKK . 9/11 was our Reichstag .

  • Rev. Renee

    One thing that I don’t see being discussed here, or much at all in the main stream is the rampant hate-mongering that is endemic in the military. As a veteran, I have seen this first hand. As the wife of an active duty soldier who has more than 22 years, I see my husband’s bigotry, fueled by this war on terror. He’s not so obvious-he’s not outwardly racist. But, he and many other service members have had decades of brain washing on the war on terror, and the idea that all Muslims are terrorists. In addition, the military has become more and more attractive to white supremacists who like the idea of being paid to learn tactics and weapons and everything they want to use for their own causes. This is surfacing more and more, though the military position is that they try to not allow known white supremacists to join. We’ve made America a mess, including the very institution that is supposed to protect all our citizens, regardless of the citizen’s religion.

  • aadila

    @Robert Pinkerton

    More and more I believe the violence we see around us in the world begins and ends with the violence that is in our own hearts.

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • Anon

    Shortly after Obama was elected an internal memo within the DOJ was leaked noting the rise in hate groups and warning that as soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan disillusioned or traumatized ones may well turn to violence.

    It was immediately buried under criticism from the GOP and most military experts.

    Now we’re seeing things like this plot and the Sikh shooting. It’s like the Al-Qaeda warning Bush received, all over again, except this time the perpetrators will be almost impossible to find…

  • Kiwiwriter

    In the British military, it takes two servicemembers to make a mutiny. One rebellious servicemember is “insubordinate.” To the British (and Commonwealth) forces, “mutiny” requires a conspiracy.

    This incident concerns me very greatly…the necessity of maintaining discipline and obedience to the lawful authority of the chain of command and the Constitution is essential in the US armed forces.

    I can’t help thinking that there must be some connection with how our troops are being over-used in badly-designed wars, and how destructive that is to the morale and psyche. The German, Austro-Hungarian, French, Russian, and Italian armies all fell apart disastrously in World War I after years of pointless exertions, and in three of the above five cases, the national governments collapsed as well. Italy fell to Fascism a few years later.

  • Robert Pinkerton

    @aadila: I concur with your condemnation, under color of questioning the wisdom, of my country’s conduct over at least the last twenty years. The irony of my conversion to the anti-war position, however, arises in its grounding in the indoctrination I received, courtesy of the State, every time I sought the proficiency certificate prerequisite for a handgun carry permit. I not only believe in that indoctrination, but I have meditated upon it.

    Briefly, use of deadly force is permitted for one and only one purpose, which is defense of life from immediate danger of deadly attack. Use of deadly force in any other circumstances, is unlawful. Now I am SF-fan enough to remember the question that Robert A. Heinlein put into the mouth of “Bernardo de la Paz,” in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: “When is it moral for a group to do something that’s immoral for one member of the group to do?” I relinquished my carry permit when I retired, but not my revulsion at my country’s misconduct.

    @Mr. Zebatakis: Respectfully concur with your advocacy of use of UCMJ Article 94.

  • aadila

    I would like to point out that the United States has been responsible, through direct political and military action, for somewhere between 20 million and 30 million deaths in 37 other countries since WWII.

    This body count includes not just well publicized wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, but also proxy wars in Angola, DRC, Indonesia, Guatamala, Pakistan, Sudan and elsewhere. As well, since it is estimated that 10 are wounded and maimed for every 1 killed in military conflicts, the numbers of people harmed are actually upwards of 200 million.

    Two thirds of our federal budget goes to military spending. Are we really surprised that this vast institution of violence we call the military has the capacity to turn against our own people? I don’t see there is justified killing and unjustified killing.

    I just see killing.

  • Sam Molloy

    John F Kennedy thought that this type of thing was a viable threat. Against the Pentagon’s advice he visited Hyannisport so the movie “Seven Days in May” could film some scenes in the White House.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    Earlier I opined that these guys should be charged with treason. That was wrong. It is Mutiny and Sedition that should be alleged. It seems they intended to overthrow the military as well as civilian authorities, and committed actual violence in furtherance of these aims. Mutiny, attempted mutiny, sedition, and failure to supress either, are all punishable by death.

    It would save the state governments a lot of money if they’d just try these guys by Court-Martial.

    The relevant section of the UCMJ is quoted below:

    894. ART. 94. MUTINY OR SEDITION
    (a) Any person subject to this chapter who–
    (1) with intent to usurp or override lawful military authority, refuses, in concert with any other person, to obey orders or otherwise do his duty or creates any violence or disturbance is guilty of mutiny;
    (2) with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of lawful civil authority, creates, in concert with any other person, revolt, violence, or disturbance against that authority is guilty of sedition;
    (3) fails to do his utmost to prevent and suppress a mutiny or sedition being committed in his presence, or fails to take all reasonable means to inform his superior commissioned officer or commanding officer of a mutiny or sedition which he knows or has reason to believe is taking place, is guilty of a failure to suppress or report a mutiny or sedition.
    (b) A person who is found guilty of attempted mutiny, mutiny, sedition, or failure to suppress or report a mutiny or sedition shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a court- martial may direct.

  • Wendy Walker

    Racism and hatred of all types are diseases we must conquer. They’ve ruined and stolen too many lives. I wish that I could contribute to SPLC as I usually do but can’t afford to at this time. God bless all of you at The SPLC.