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The leader of a secret, murderous militia group, already serving life in prison for murder, today was found guilty in an Army court of the earlier murder of his wife and their unborn child.
Immediately after finding U.S. Army Private Isaac Aguigui guilty of the murder of his pregnant wife, the military judge who heard the case began the penalty phase in a military courtroom at Fort Stewart, Ga.
Sgt. Deirdre Wetzker Aguigui, an Army linguist, was found dead in her home on the Georgia Army base on July 17, 2011, about the time her husband began forming a militia he named FEAR – Forever Enduring, Always Ready. An autopsy concluded the woman was either choked or smothered.
Investigators determined Aguigui used the $500,000 proceeds from his wife’s life insurance to buy weapons for the video-game inspired militia. Many of the weapons were purchased from a firearms store in Washington state, near where Aguigui was raised.
Before arrests were made, investigators say Aguigui and members of his FEAR militia – all with ties to the military – discussed bombings, kidnappings and political assassinations.
Aguigui pleaded guilty last July in a civilian courtroom for his involvement in the murders of Tiffany York, 17, and her boyfriend, Michael Roark, 19, a former soldier who served with Aguigui. They were shot to death, execution style, in a wooded area just beyond the federal boundaries of the sprawling military base.
Roark was killed “to be silenced,” investigators said, because Aguigui believed the militia group had been betrayed by Roark, who left the military two days before the murders on Dec. 5, 2011.
Five days later, authorities arrested Aguigui and three of his Army buddies and fellow FEAR members – Pfc. Michael Burnett, Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon. Ultimately, Army and civilian investigators identified seven other current or former military members who were affiliated with the secret militia group.
Last August, the families of the murdered teenagers filed a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Army. The plaintiffs alleged the Army failed to correctly investigate the death of Sgt. Deidre Aguigui, waiting two years to determine it was a homicide. If that had been done and arrests promptly made, the families contend their teenagers wouldn’t have been murdered by Aguigui and his gang.
Instead of going to trial on multiple federal charges, Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and his 37-year-old son, Cheyne, struck plea deals with federal prosecutors, with each pleading guilty to a single count before Magistrate Judge Michelle H. Burns. The elder Kehoe pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and his son to being a felon in possession of firearms.
The Kehoes are best known for the exploits of Cheyne Kehoe and his brother, Chevie, who is still serving a life term for his leadership of a terrorist cell called the Aryan Republican Army. Both were involved in shootouts with police, and Chevie led the gang in the torture-murder of a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl who was smothered to death after being shocked with a cattle prod.
As part of the plea bargains, four other federal felony charges will be dismissed against Kirby Kehoe and three will be dismissed against Cheyne Kehoe, court documents show. The judge ordered background reports on both defendants and set sentencing for mid-May. Under the deal, Kirby Kehoe faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, and his son faces the low-end of the sentencing guideline range, probably about five years.
The pair, who have been affiliated with a series of white supremacist groups, were arrested last Oct. 14 when agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives raided an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix, near Ash Fork, Ariz. Kehoe and his son were indicted on Nov. 6 by a grand jury in Phoenix. ( continue to full post… )
Come on, all you antigovernment militia members and wannabe guerrilla fighters. Surely, you can employ more stealth and cunning than three alleged domestic terrorists arrested recently in Georgia.
Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson appeared in federal court today in Rome, Ga., for a detention hearing after being arrested on federal weapons charges last weekend for allegedly trying to obtain pipe bombs and other explosives to launch a series of attacks on government facilities. The men were detained at the end of the hearing.
The third suspect, Terry Peace, is scheduled to make a court appearance on Feb. 24.
Their goal, according to a nine-page federal criminal complaint, was to force the declaration of martial law and spark a national uprising of militia groups.
“This case is a stark reminder of the threat we face not just from abroad, but from within our own borders from our own citizens,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this afternoon in a press release. “When plans turn violent, law enforcement must step in to protect our communities from harm.”
The trio, the complaint alleges, hatched their plot “in online chat discussions, which were monitored by [the] FBI, during which they chatted about carrying out an operation against the government.”
Didn’t these guys ever hear of the NSA? ( continue to full post… )
After nearly seven months, federal prosecutors have decided to move forward with charges against one of two men charged with conspiring to build a portable, remote-controlled device designed to deliver fatal doses of radiation to Muslims – or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was charged in an indictment last week with attempting to produce a radiological device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distribution of information related to weapons of mass destruction. Another suspect, Eric Feight, 54, was named in the original complaint but was not indicted. Both were arraigned last June.
According to sources who spoke with the Times-Union of Albany, Feight and his lawyers are working on a plea agreement in exchange for testimony against Crawford.
The case has been under investigation by a Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least April 2012, when Crawford went to a Schenectady synagogue, Congregation Gates of Heaven, and “asked to speak with a person who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies while they slept.” ( continue to full post… )
It took a federal jury in Gainesville, Ga., only 90 minutes to convict two members of a north Georgia militia in a plot to produce the deadly poison ricin and use it to “attack government buildings and kill government employees.”
Samuel J. Crump Jr., 70, and Ray H. Adams, 57, were convicted Friday of conspiracy, possession of a biological toxin for use as a weapon and attempted possession of a biological toxin. A sentencing date hasn’t been set, but both face up to life in prison.
The pair were among four suspects arrested on Nov. 1, 2011, after two FBI informants secretly taped 400 hours of discussions of plans for dispersing ricin powder from speeding cars in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla., and New Orleans. Two of the men pleaded guilty in the antigovernment plot in 2012.
The FBI considered the case one of its top terrorism investigations of 2011. While it wasn’t clear what the men expected to accomplish with their ricin attacks, they were taped talking about “saving the Constitution” by killing people. ( continue to full post… )
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a story posted yesterday, reflecting the fact that Joseph Paul Franklin was executed early this morning.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. – The one-time poster boy for modern-day American terrorists was executed here early this morning after 33 years behind bars.
Joseph Paul Franklin, a former neo-Nazi and Klansman who crisscrossed the country for three years in the late 1970s killing as many as 20 people – blacks, Jews, interracial couples – was put to death by lethal injection.
“He was calm, he was peaceful, he was cooperative,” Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said minutes after the execution at the antiseptically named Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, about 60 miles south of St. Louis.
Franklin, who was 63, took his last breath around 6:10 a.m., but only after a roller coaster night of last-ditch legal maneuvers that stretched all the way to the United States Supreme Court and deep into what was Franklin’s last morning. ( continue to full post… )
Editor’s Note: Hours before Joseph Paul Franklin was scheduled to be executed, a federal judge in Missouri granted a stay of execution. The Associated Press reported late Tuesday that U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughery ruled that a lawsuit filed by Franklin and other death-row inmates must be resolved first.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. – The racist sniper serial killer, Joseph Paul Franklin, preferred to hide and strike from the thick bushes, the distant shadows or the gloom of an abandoned building – anywhere he could pull the trigger unseen.
The state of Missouri plans to kill Franklin much more openly. And instead of a gun it will use a needle. Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Franklin is scheduled to be strapped to a steel gurney in a brightly lit room here and poisoned as at least eight government witnesses watch him die.
Franklin’s execution by lethal injection after 33 years behind bars will be the last killing in a life twisted and consumed by murder, childhood abuse, racial hatred, madness. Law enforcement officials suspect Franklin, now 63, may have shot to death as many as 20 people as he roamed the country from 1977 to 1980, robbing banks and trying to ignite a race war with a hunting rifle. ( continue to full post… )
A father and his son who share extremist views, a dislike for the law and a love of illegal firearms were arraigned today in Phoenix on a seven-count federal indictment that could send them back to federal prison for 10 years.
Trial was set for Jan. 7 before U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow.
Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and Cheyne C. Kehoe, 37, were arrested Oct. 14 after heavily armed federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided what they now describe as an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix. What they found, court documents disclose, was a commercial-grade marijuana operation.
Cheyne Kehoe was part of a major white supremacist group, the Aryan Peoples Republic, that his brother Chevie led and that worked in the 1990s to carve an all-white nation out of the United States. Cheyne, who was convicted of lesser charges in that plot, was released in 2008. Chevie is still serving a life sentence in connection with the murder of an entire Arkansas family, including an 8-year-old girl, the killing of a romantic rival, and other charges. Their father, Kirby Kehoe, was convicted of related weapons charges in the case. ( continue to full post… )
Last night, on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” I tried to explain how a note written by alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia contained several hallmarks of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement’s animating “New World Order” conspiracy theory. My remarks were based on references to the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency” that were exclusively reported by Hatewatch over the weekend.
My jousting partner in the exchange was Michael Medved, a conservative radio show host, frequent television commentator and columnist. Medved told the audience that my comments were “very dangerous” and “unforgiveable,” that I was “completely unfair” to use the word “Patriot” in describing a key sector of the radical right, and that I was “try[ing] to tar” the political right with the Nov. 1 shooting that left one TSA agent dead “when the clear problem is mental illness.”
Even as Medved spoke, the FBI was, in effect, backing me up with its own suspicions about Ciancia’s motives. The Associated Press reports the FBI obtained a warrant yesterday to search Ciancia’s cell phone for, in the words of its request, materials reflecting his “views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order.” ( continue to full post… )
The 23-year-old man who allegedly killed a TSA official at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday was carrying a one-page “manifesto” that included references to the “New World Order,” the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency,” according to a knowledgeable source with ranking law enforcement contacts.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, who allegedly wounded three other people before being shot and critically wounded himself, also expressed antagonism toward the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its chief until she resigned in August, Janet Napolitano, the source said. Ciancia’s note called former Secretary Napolitano a “bull dyke” and contained the phrase “FU Janet Napolitano,” the source said.
Ciancia’s language and references seemed to put him squarely in the conspiracy-minded world of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. The New World Order refers to a longstanding conspiracy theory that today, in its most popular iteration, claims that global elites are plotting to form a socialistic “one-world government” that would crush American freedoms. Often, the root of the alleged conspiracy is traced to the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve and the adoption of fiat currency — paper money that is not backed by gold, as it was once was in the U.S.
So-called Patriots also increasingly see the DHS, which produces intelligence assessments of extremists that are distributed to other law enforcement agencies, as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy. Many believe DHS has targeted their movement and is somehow connected to the alleged construction of concentration camps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purported camps are thought to be meant for those Americans who resist a coming national seizure of all weapons from U.S. citizens. ( continue to full post… )