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New Charges Filed Against “765 Anarchists” Leader Sam Bradbury

Posted in Antigovernment by Bill Morlin on May 27, 2015 - 2:34 pm

New federal charges have been filed against an Indiana man, Samuel L. Bradbury, the reported leader of the antigovernment group “765 Anarchists” that claimed ties to extremists who fatally shot two police officers last year in Las Vegas.

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Samuel L. Bradbury

The self-described antigovernment anarchist is accused of making social media threats to kill local police   and “blow [an Indiana] courthouse to pieces.”

The new superseding indictment, filed on May 14, now charges him with making threats to use fire or explosives and, in a second count, of maliciously conveying false information concerning the use or fire or explosives. The 23-year-old Indiana man remains in federal custody without bond, deemed a flight risk and a danger to the community. ( continue to full post… )

‘Patriots’ Declare Victory for Oregon Mine After Judge Issues Stay for BLM Enforcement

Posted in Antigovernment, Patriot by David Neiwert on May 26, 2015 - 1:11 pm

 

A judge’s order requiring the Bureau of Land Management to refrain from enforcing its regulations while the dispute over the Sugar Pine Mine in southwestern Oregon is being adjudicated appears to be enough for the assembled antigovernment “Patriots” who have shown up on the scene to declare victory and head for home.

“Mission Accomplished” now declares the header over the website of the Oath Keepers of Josephine County, the local organization that had made a national callout the month before for other Oath Keepers and likeminded antigovernment zealots to show up to defend the mine from the supposed plans of the BLM to destroy the mine and kick out its owners. The day before, the headline had read: “STAND DOWN.”

“Our initial mission has been a success… however this is just the first of many missions we are still working on,” the website proclaims.

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Police Find Explosive Liquid in Home of Militia Author Kurt Saxon

Posted in Antigovernment, Militias by Bill Morlin on May 14, 2015 - 10:33 am
Kurt Saxon.

Kurt Saxon.

It apparently came as no surprise to local police in the tiny community of Alpena, Ark., when they found explosive materials last week in the former home of Kurt Saxon, considered by some to be the father of modern antigovernment survivalists.

Saxon has been in a nursing home since suffering a stroke about three years ago, according to various reports. His former home recently sold and remodeling crews discovered the explosive material, Alpena Police Chief Mark S. Bailey told Hatewatch.

“There were explosive materials, but there wasn’t a bomb,” Baily said, describing the item removed as “liquid in a bottle.”

After the explosive material was discovered last Friday at his former residence, Alpena police evacuated neighbors within 300 feet. Two hours later, the liquid explosive material was safely taken to a quarry where bomb squad technicians used a small explosive device to destroy it last week, Bailey said. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Arkansas State Police, were involved, the Harrison Daily Times reported. Other “hazardous material” – described by the Alpena chief as “chemicals” – remain in the home and will be removed by specially equipped contractors, the Alpena chief told Hatewatch.

Born Donald Eugene Sisco, he changed his name to Kurt Saxon because he considered himself to be curt and a Saxon. He later moved from Eureka, Calif., to Arkansas and got into the publishing business in the 1970s after involvement in the American Nazi Party, the John Birch Society, the Minutemen and the Church of Scientology.

Saxon wrote and prospered from a series of books, including “The Poor Man’s James Bond,” that describe how to make homemade bombs, poisons, firearms and chemicals. His books, frequently sold at gun shows, became widely popular with survivalists, militia and assorted antigovernment “Patriots,” and reportedly made Saxon wealthy before he squandered his fortune.

His neighbors described Saxon, now 83 and in failing health, “as a good neighbor who occasionally blew up things,” the Harrison Daily Times reported.

“They were never big explosions,” the neighbors told the newspaper. “Saxon just wanted to see if his experiments worked,” claiming that “he never did anything that couldn’t be found by going to the library and looking it up.”

The Alpena police chief said he has had previous contacts with Saxon, but didn’t question him about the recent discovery of explosive material. There was one report that investigators went to the nursing home in an attempt to question Saxon, but he wasn’t arrested.

“We’re mindful of whom he is and what he’s capable of, but we’ve never really had any issues with him,” Bailey told Hatewatch. “To me, as a police officer, he was — I don’t know exactly how to say this — I guess he was polite enough but not overly excited about helping police.” The chief said he believed Saxon expressed an anti-police, antigovernment sentiment.

U.S. Military ‘Jade Helm’ Training Plan Draws Fears from the Antigovernment Right

Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies, Patriot by Bill Morlin on May 4, 2015 - 8:32 am

The U.S. military’s plan to conduct a training exercise this summer across seven states has become the latest hot-button topic for antigovernment conspiracy mongers who are advancing a plethora of wild-eyed theories.

The exercise, called “Jade Helm,” is tantamount to martial law, they say, where special operations forces from four branches of the U.S. military will secretly train and further militarize local police, blending in with local populations and gearing up for an eventual battle to disarm Americans.

“They’re training to attack and beat and arrest and shoot and kill Patriots,” conspiracy theorist Alex Jones recently said on his television show. “This is what a slow-motion martial law scenario looks like!”

 

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The U.S. Army’s Special Operations command has dismissed those conspiracy theories, saying Jade Helm is nothing more than “routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for (special forces) since they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.” ( continue to full post… )

Fears of Black Helicopters and Mercenaries Fuel Oregon Oath Keepers’ Paranoia

Posted in Antigovernment, Militias, Patriot by David Neiwert on May 4, 2015 - 8:10 am
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Oath Keepers encampment.

It wasn’t exactly a black helicopter, but it was close enough to spook the Oath Keepers keeping watch on the Sugar Pine Mine in southern Oregon.

Someone flew a private helicopter over a tract of land near the mine north of Grants Pass last week and set off a panic among the assembled “Patriots” – Oath Keepers, so-called “III Percenters,” and various other militiamen. And somehow, in militialand, this translated into a certainty that not one, but three helicopters were circling the mine and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was bringing in “troops.”

The militia gathered issued a coded call to arms, bringing the entire collection of would-be defenders rushing to the armed encampment’s staging area near the town of Merlin, bristling with guns and ready for action.

“THIS IS NOT A DRILL. CODE WORDS HAVE JUST BEEN GIVEN THAT OR MINE IS IN DISTRESS. ANY PATRIOTS IN THE AREA. ROLL OUT. ANYONE WHO CAN GO BETTER” read the callout on Facebook.

But according to Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel, it was all a false alarm. The helicopter did not belong to the BLM or any government agency, but instead was privately owned. It was landing on a mountain far from the Sugar Pine Mine. ( continue to full post… )

Sovereign Oregon Pastor and Wife Flee Sentencing Hearing on Income Tax Evasion Charges

Posted in Antigovernment, Sovereign Citizens by Bill Morlin on April 27, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Ronald D. Joling, 71, and his wife, Dorothea, 72, of Coquille, Ore., “have engaged in a shameless scheme “to defraud the United States and to evade payment of $1.2 million in federal taxes since 1992, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Bradford said in court filings.

Ronald D. Joling, 71, and his wife, Dorothea, 72, of Coquille, Ore., “have engaged in a shameless scheme “to defraud the United States and to evade payment of $1.2 million in federal taxes since 1992, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Bradford said in court filings.

An Oregon pastor and his wife — tax protesters who appear to have morphed into antigovernment “sovereign citizens” — are now federal fugitives after refusing to appear for sentencing last week in Eugene, Ore., following their convictions for income tax evasion.

Ronald D. Joling, 71, and his wife, Dorothea, 72, of Coquille, Ore., “have engaged in a shameless scheme to defraud the United States and to evade payment of $1.2 million in federal taxes since 1992,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Bradford said in court filings.

As a deterrent to such antigovernment tax protesters, the prosecutor recommended that the 71-year-old pastor of the conservative Hope Covenant Reformed Church in Coquille be sentenced to 121 months in prison, with 60 months recommended for Dorothea Joling.

Prosecutors have seized multiple rental properties and land owned by the couple and have asked the federal court to order the Jolings to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. government.

But Assistant Federal Defender Mark Bennett Weintraub said such a sentence was excessive, claiming it “is unreasonable to believe” that antigovernment activists like the Jolings will be “deterred or dissuaded b y the federal government’s exercise of its immense power.” ( continue to full post… )

Oath Keepers Come Out to Heckle Oregon Residents Who Want Armed Gathering to Disband

Posted in Antigovernment, Militias by David Neiwert on April 27, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Perturbed by the influx of armed militiamen bristling with guns and angry rhetoric into their normally quiet little town, residents of rural Josephine County, Oregon, are fighting back, asking the assorted “Oath Keepers” and other “Patriots” who have arrived recently to ostensibly defend a local miner to pack their bags and leave.

As if to prove their point, a number of Oath Keepers showed up on the scene last week and heckled local residents, intimidating them into retreating through the courthouse where they had stood to hold a news conference on Friday.

The community residents – who included a sporting-goods business owner, a former dean at the local community college, and several local church leaders, each of whom read a prepared statement – spoke to reporters outside the Josephine County Courthouse in Grants Pass.

“Certainly the miners are entitled to get their fair day in court and not have anything done to them until after the legal process, but they don’t need gun toting people coming around, threatening the whole community,” said Jerry Reid, a former dean of Rogue Community College. ( continue to full post… )

‘Patriots’ Rally For Oregon Mine Owners Turns Out a Tepid Affair

Posted in Antigovernment, Militias by David Neiwert on April 24, 2015 - 5:05 pm

So much for a repeat of the Bundy Ranch standoff.

Joseph Rice. (Credit: David Neiwert

Joseph Rice. (Credit: David Neiwert

A collection of antigovernment “Patriots” gathered Thursday in the parking lot of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Medford, OR, to protest what they believe was the federal government’s “tyrannical” treatment of miners in the region.

But the organizers of the affair were adamant they were uninterested in a standoff with federal authorities similar to the confrontation between BLM agents and hundreds of heavily armed “Patriots” a year ago at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada. All they wanted, organizers claimed, was to defend ordinary citizens from federal abuses.

“You have untrained people, uneducated people, throwing around their weight, abusing people who are trying to earn a living, and they think it’s OK,” Joseph Rice, coordinator for the Josephine County chapter of Oath Keepers, told about 50 people gathered. “I took an oath to uphold the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic, and a domestic enemy is anyone who will abuse someone’s rights within that Constitution.” ( continue to full post… )

Arson Charge Pending for Self-Described Antigovernment ‘Sovereign Citizen’

Posted in Antigovernment, Sovereign Citizens by Bill Morlin on April 23, 2015 - 4:53 pm

An arson charge is pending against a 33-year-old antigovernment “sovereign citizen” accused of starting a fire outside a home occupied by his relatives last weekend in suburban Phoenix.

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Ismael Roman Mota.

Court records show Ismael Roman Mota’s antigovernment “sovereign citizen” views likely go back to 2007, when he was arrested in Maricopa County on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. Mota was arrested again on Saturday when his young niece called to report that her uncle was trying to start a fire to burn down the residence.

When police and fire crews arrived, one side of the house was “engulfed in flames and several people were attempting to put out the fire with garden hoses,” KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported. No one was injured in the fire.

Police have said neighbors saw Mota start the fire and yelled at him to put it out. Mota responded that he didn’t care because the house belonged to him before fleeing the scene. He was arrested when he returned several hours later.

Firefighters determined the fire was started in a large bucket containing charcoal and gasoline, ignited about a foot from the house before spreading to the exterior wall of the residence.

Mota, who self-identified as a sovereign citizen, refused to acknowledge that officers had read him his Miranda rights, and he refused to cooperate with routine fingerprint and mug shot processes during the jail booking, police said.

Court records show Mota, who was arrested in 2000 on a felony charge of sexual (contact) with a minor, has used various combinations of his first, middle and last names, sometimes spelling his middle name as Ramon – all of which are common practices for sovereign citizens, who believe they are the sole arbiters of the law.

In 2007, when he was arrested in Maricopa County for failing to register as a sex offender, Mota submitted an affidavit to the court that resembles sometimes nonsensical, paper terrorism submitted to the judicial system by sovereign citizens. He said he was filing the paperwork as a “full recanting of any and all statements and pleas made by ‘Ismail Roman Mota.’”

That name, he contended, “is a fictitious entity and my real name is Ismael Mota Roman. Both names are prohibited for use in any type of communication whatsoever,” he told the court.

Mota also has displayed sovereign citizen views by refusing to comply with motor vehicle and driver’s licensing laws, court records show. He has been involved in 31 traffic court cases since 1999.

Oath Keepers Descend Upon Oregon with Dreams of Armed Confrontation over Mining Dispute

Posted in Antigovernment, Patriot by David Neiwert on April 23, 2015 - 11:02 am

What began as a paper dispute over the language in a claim for an old gold mine in the hills of southwestern Oregon has lurched into what the antigovernment “Patriots” arriving on scene seemingly hope will be an armed confrontation with federal authorities.

Most of those arriving at the scene of the dispute over the Sugar Pine Mine near tiny Merlin, Ore., and nearby towns such as Grants Pass and Medford, believe they are engaging in a stand against a tyrannical federal government and the Bureau of Land Management – the second chapter in a fight that began a year ago with the Bundy Ranch standoff.

But as the mine owners now are stressing to the militia members and antigovernment activists pouring into the valley after heeding the call: “This is NOT a standoff with BLM. We are NOT promoting any confrontation with BLM. This is a security operation for the protection of Constitutional Rights.”

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“If you are on a fringe element, and you’re here to protest, or provoke a reaction with the federal government, I don’t want you here,” said Joseph Rice, the “security coordinator” for the Josephine County chapter of the Oath Keepers, in a YouTube video on the Oath Keepers site. “Let me repeat that: If you’re here to protest and to provoke a reaction with the federal government, I do not need you.

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