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March 12, 2011

MILITIA'S VIOLENT PLOT DISRUPTED IN ALASKA.... Four leaders of the Fairbanks-based "Alaska Peacekeeper's Militia" are now in custody, charged with conspiring to commit murder, kidnapping and arson. Their plot, by all accounts, was pretty serious. (thanks to E.D. for the tip)

Federal agents made extensive recordings of Fairbanks militia members plotting to kill or kidnap judges and Alaska State Troopers and burn their houses, according to documents filed in court Friday. [...]

The militia members amassed high-powered weaponry, including grenades and .30- and .50-caliber machine guns, with which to carry out retaliatory strikes against law enforcement officials, according to court documents.

One of the leaders of the militia, Francis "Schaeffer" Cox, was arrested on a gun charge a year ago, but failed to show up for a court appearance. That, apparently, led to what the militia called the "241" (two for one) plan.

According to the criminal complaint, the militia was supposed to "respond to attempts to arrest or kill [Cox] by responding against state court or law enforcement targets with twice the force and consequences as happened to him or his family. If he was arrested, two state targets would be 'arrested' (kidnapped). If he was killed, two state targets would be killed. If his house was taken, two state target houses would be burned."

Based on the FBI's account, the plot had progressed to the level at which militia members were instructed on where to find three state troopers and a state judge.

Media Matters added that Cox, who doesn't regard state or federal laws as valid, is part of a "sovereign citizens" movement, which promotes violent resistance to the federal and Alaska state government.

The arrests come almost exactly a year after the arrests of a Michigan-based Christian militia group, which also intended to target law-enforcement officials.

And yet House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) refused to expand his investigation of domestic radicals to include anyone other than Muslim Americans.

Steve Benen 10:20 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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How ironic 'christian militia' those words should not be used in the same sentence.

Posted by: joan on March 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

Peter "You Hack" King:
"No, no. Not those terrorists! THOSE terrorists!!! Yeah, you know, the one's who are mainly brown. Yup, them!"

I've seen statistics that in the past 2 years, our own redneck militia types have a 2:1 edge on Muslims in terrorist acts here in the US.
And yet King doesn't want to take off the blinders.

I live in NY State, and I'm ashamed that this xenophobic asshole has anything to do with it.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Paging Peter King...please schedule hearings to investigate the radicalization of Alaskans!

Posted by: sue on March 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe it's because he's been saying so many kookie things lately, but so far I haven't heard anyone comment on Newt's blowing the 'sovereign citizen' dogwhistle:

The contemporary challenge, Gingrich says, begins with “Reasserting American Exceptionalism.”

“The Founding Fathers believed in American Exceptionalism because we are the only country in history that recognizes that power comes from God to each citizen personally. The citizen is personally sovereign. The citizen then loans power to the state. The state does not loan power to the citizen. This is the opposite of Obamaism.”


After this arrest someone should call him out for palling around with terrorists.

Posted by: Newton Whale on March 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Not to be a "concern troll" but, Peter King "could" run an investigation that would eventually bolster US confidence in the Muslim community.

Unfortunately I think he is not capable of such. He does seem capable of giving the "security industry" another eastasia, though.

Posted by: IntelVet on March 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

Steve, you missed something. Don Young, his GOP Rep, is on tape advising Cox to not register his weaponry.

Video here: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/240705_Wingnut_terrorist_arrested_-_V

Posted by: MsJoanne on March 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

Is Alaskan GOP Rep. Young affiliated with Cox's group? What about Todd Palin? More light needs to be shone on this development.

Oh, and yeah, the Rightness Dudes who freaked when DHS Sec. Napolitano issued her terror report, EAT CROW! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on March 12, 2011 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Some black people, named Leroy Jackson, go into prison and come out Mohammed Fatwah. Who is to say Muslims don't go into prison, named Ibn Saud, and come out Francis "Schaeffer" Cox?

-keep up the good work, Peter King!

Posted by: DAY on March 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

Send them to Gitmo and try them using military tribunals, or better yet, use the nearest federal prison to Peter King's Congressional District.

Posted by: max on March 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

Any connection between this right wing militia and Todd Palin's separatist group would finish Sarah's political career. She's already discredited after running those advertisements with the rifle scope bulls eye over Gabriel Gifford's district.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on March 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK


Btw - I know of several caucasian people who converted to Islam. One of them was one of the most active people in NC in the anti-war and anti-rendition movements in the mid to late 00's. Great guy, and a great leader.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

The article doesn't mention the bomb that didn't go off at the MLK Day parade. That's another bullet we dodged. And King ignored.

Posted by: Seould on March 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

The radicalization of Alaskans has been happening for a long time. There being no people of color in these groups, tells all you need to know about them. The skinheads on Prince of Wales island better watch what they say. The Natives are getting angry.

Posted by: alaskan1st on March 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe if the nut balls you think are right wing were to kill a few thousand people, like the radical Muslims have, you would be taken more seriously. Note that the FBI rolled them up before anybody was hurt. Also, if you know anything about Alaska, you know it is the last refuge of many nuts and anarchist types.

Posted by: Mike K on March 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

@Mike K:

In the ten years after Timothy McVeigh killed 168 and injured 450 in Oklahoma City in 1995, sixty right wing terrorist plots were foiled. I count another fourteen between from 2005 through 2009. But, you're right; nothing to see here.

Posted by: AK Liberal on March 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry for the bad link. Try http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/050712/12natsec.htm.

Posted by: Ak Liberal on March 12, 2011 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

Say that again? .50 caliber machine guns?! People, that is like catching someone with a rocket-launcher; that is a military weapon more akin to an auto-cannon than a machine gun. Where the f*ck did they get one (or two, or three...) of those?! Give you some idea of an M2 Browning's power, one .50 cal round hits you in the arm, it will likely take it off, and the hydrostatic shock generated will likely kill you. Shot into a truck, a .50 caliber round will crack the engine block. And this sort of weapon is in the hands of far right wing extremists? Christ!


Posted by: Robert Murphy on March 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if Cox thinks state and federal governments are unconstitutional.

Posted by: Tom on March 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM | PERMALINK

I can see Fox now trying to make a case that these guys really aren't terrorists, but are a plant by the Obama administration to put heat on King and take heat off the evil Moslems. That would be about par for the right wing nut jobs. Gretchen, are you listening?

As for Alaska being home to a bunch like this, my son used to date an real Alaskan who told me that there were a bunch of these survivalist/white supremacist types in her high school, but that when winter hit, their families went back down south. That the King of Peters doesn't have any problem with them, but is all bent out of shape by Moslems who have been cooperating with law enforcement to stop terrorism says a lot about his values. Since he supports IRA terrorism, I have to conclude that he himself is a terrorist.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on March 12, 2011 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

Also, if you know anything about Alaska, you know it is the last refuge of many nuts and anarchist types.

Posted by: Mike K

I thought that was the republican party ...

Posted by: mudwall jackson on March 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Steve. Think the militias are only going to get worse. But so is this kind of anti-"foreigners" rhetoric from officials...

Posted by: catherineD on March 13, 2011 at 2:47 AM | PERMALINK

Please show Peter KIng a little more love and understanding. His party would never allow him to expand the scope of the hearings to include domestic hate groups.

The Republican party can't afford to offend a key constituency.

Posted by: Rasputin22 on March 14, 2011 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK



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