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By Ava Fox – Staff Writer
(TCP)Chicago – July 4th’s passage of Drake Bailey’s deadline and “The Event That Wasn’t” ( a military takeover of the government backed by American citizens with the help of US Marshals and militia groups) has the alternative media buzzing. At one point, Bailey claimed to have issued a “yellow alert” to all standing militia nationwide. While most find Bailey’s claims ludicrous at best, his name is linked to the American militia, casting an already long shadow over the movement. Mention the word “militia” and invariably images conjured up involve the Hutaree, charged with plotting to kill law enforcement officials (later acquitted on all but a few firearm charges) or the Sword of the Lord, a paramilitary fundamentalist Christian group based in rural Southern Missouri. John Trochmann, head of the Montana Militia and linked to the disastrous operation at Ruby Ridge, brought attention to the movement, but very few understand what a militia really is, having only the sensational media stories of subversive plots and anti-establishment lifestyles upon which to base their opinion. But what is a militia? Who joins one? Are their any legitimate groups out there? Or are they all havens for extreme right-wing whack jobs and paramilitary post-apocalyptic doomsday prophets?
There are two types of militias in this country. The first is the Organized Militia,created by the Militia Act of 1903, an offshoot of the 1792 Uniform Militia Act. (http://www.calguns.net/
In 2008, prior to the Obama election, there were 149 militias nationwide. Today, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are over 1200, an increase of 755%. (http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_
Their “concern” is centered around what they believe to be the slow dismantling of the Constitution and the increasing growth of a government encroaching on more areas of civil liberties. These people are rarely in the spotlight and receive little positive recognition from the media. Even the Anti-Defamation League gives a rather inflammatory view of the movement, claiming that it is a “relatively new right-wing extremist movement consisting of armed paramilitary groups…with an anti-government conspiracy-oriented ideology.” (http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_
It is true that the modern movement gained speed in the wake of Ruby Ridge and the botched raid at Waco Texas on the Branch Davidian compound. However, not all militia groups fall under the definition given by the Anti-Defamation League. In a discussion group on the Ron Paul website this was found, in regard to militia membership from a Libertarian standpoint:
Submitted by ZioSlaveNation on Sat, 05/12/2012 – 14:52.
99% of people in the Militia movement are good folks … the movement is a reaction to two things 1.growing Federal power grabs 2. the cultural disintegration of the U.S.
And yet another, confirming suspicions regarding media bias:
Submitted by JCole on Fri, 05/11/2012 – 17:13.
Is there a militia movement out there that is solely anti-tyranny? Most reports on militias that I see seem to portray them as having some other agenda… anti-Black, anti-Hispanic, anti-Jew, Neo-Nazi, etc. I’m sure there is a probability that the press reports on them unfairly, but it seems to me that the good intentioned militia members get upstaged by their bigoted brothers.
That uphill battle for respectability grows more difficult ever day when militia is linked to someone like Drake Bailey. The movement seems to draw conspiracy theorists and fanatics desiring to live out their fantasies in a paramilitary world. Not all unorganized militias are populated by right-wing extremists or racist groups preparing for an apocalypse. There are far more members in the movement that merely believe in preserving the Constitution, and serving their community in times of disaster. For example, the mission statement of the Sauk County Riflemen Wisconsin State Militia states: “Our mission is to defend the Constitution, the people and property of Wisconsin and the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” (http://www.darkgovernment.
Fast forward fifteen plus years and not a lot has changed. The movement is still divided. With the arrival of, and association with Drake Bailey the movement will have an even more difficult time establishing its legitimacy and polishing its image. Bailey claims to have given all militias nationwide a “yellow alert” sometime back, putting them on notice for for the Event. This was posted to the Well Regulated American Militia site:
Reply by Drake on June 26, 2012 at 10:58am
How about this?
The G-20 meeting…
We are under an emergency.
Foreign troops are set to disarm us.
The bad guys are attempting to declare war on us…
MM has the emails if the links above don’t work. Asked him to post this.
Somethin might be hittin tha fan real quick like.
And in reply:
- Reply by Captain Huggy on June 27, 2012 at 9:05am
Athena, what I have heard (and I keep detailed notes) is Drake say that if the military (backing the US Marshals) does not step up and arrest the cabal, then the ET’s will do it and capture the bad guys and throw them into the Sun, and that failing then the militias will be sent after them, thousands of militias, to capture the cabal and if they resist the militias just might go into their offices and shoot them dead! And no, I didn’t imagine any of this, I heard him and his supports say it!
Somewhere in there I keep thinking, is this planning for a coup? Since he put out his alert to the militias, I haven’t heard him or Minute Man say anything. Wait for his radio show and it will be clear, is what I am told! Where are the arrest warrants? Where are the US Marshals and where do the Militias stand on this? I know the Militias feel that they are always ready, so how does one know if they are really on alert as ordered by Drake?
And, again on the “yellow alert”:
- Reply by Captain Huggy on June 27, 2012 at 10:08am
I did speak to two Militia Commanders in my state and they say they are always ready, but that they are not on alert, as alleged by Drake.
How can the movement possibly retain any credibility whatsoever? The vast majority of militia are people who care about their community and want to protect and serve in any way they can, some being VFW members or local volunteer fireman. They are not poster children for psychiatric profiles nor are they preparing for a worldwide apocalypse. The shadow across them grows longer when people like Bailey step into the spotlight and the battle for legitimacy only grows harder.