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September 1, 2015 Off

Deadly Violence, Plots Mark Right-Wing Extremist Courtroom Dramas

Judges and juries in Kansas, Cal­i­for­nia and Geor­gia have ruled in a trio of impor­tant crim­i­nal cases involv­ing white suprema­cists, anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zens, and mili­tia groups who engaged in vio­lence or conspiracies.

Brent Douglas Cole

Brent Dou­glas Cole

On Mon­day, August 31, a jury in Olathe, Kansas, con­victed long-time white suprema­cist Fra­zier Glenn Miller (also known as Fra­zier Glenn Cross) on cap­i­tal mur­der, attempted mur­der, assault and weapons charges for his 2014 shoot­ing attack that killed three at Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the Kansas City sub­urb of Over­land Park.

Miller, who defended him­self, attempted to argue dur­ing his trial that he was jus­ti­fied in killing Jews, because they were com­mit­ting “geno­cide” against white peo­ple. After the jury read its ver­dict, Miller shouted “Sieg Heil,” while giv­ing a Nazi salute.

In fed­eral court in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, mean­while, another extrem­ist learned of his fate. Brent Dou­glas Cole, an adher­ent of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, received a 29-year, seven-month sen­tence for his role in a shootout in 2014. Sov­er­eign cit­i­zens believe that the gov­ern­ment is ille­git­i­mate, because a con­spir­acy long ago sub­verted the orig­i­nal gov­ern­ment and replaced it with a tyran­ni­cal one, and that it has no author­ity over them.

In June 214, a Bureau of Land Man­age­ment ranger dis­cov­ered Cole had set up a camp­site on pub­lic land and had a motor­cy­cle at the camp­site that had been reported stolen. When the ranger and a Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol offi­cer attempted to impound that motor­cy­cle, as well as one with expired tags, Cole con­fronted the offi­cers. When one attempted to place hand­cuffs on Cole, the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen opened fire on the offi­cers, injur­ing both of them, before sub­se­quently giv­ing him­self up. He was con­victed in Feb­ru­ary 2015 of assault on a fed­eral offi­cer which inflicted bod­ily injury and other charges.

Finally, a fed­eral judge in Atlanta, Geor­gia, sen­tenced three mem­bers of a mili­tia group to prison after they pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to use weapons of mass destruc­tion. Brian Can­non, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson were mem­bers of a north Geor­gia mili­tia cell that plot­ted ter­ror­ist attacks against the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and other gov­ern­ment tar­gets, hop­ing that the gov­ern­ment would over-react and, in turn, cause mili­tia groups around the coun­try to rise up in arms.

After an asso­ciate of the three men alerted the FBI to the plot­ters’ inten­tions, the FBI set up a sting oper­a­tion. After Peace told the infor­mant that he needed ther­mite charges and pipe bombs, the infor­mant offered to get the explo­sives for him. In Feb­ru­ary 2014, FBI agents arrested the trio of mili­ti­a­men as the received the (inert) explo­sive devices from the infor­mant. Their would-be rev­o­lu­tion was thwarted.

In many respects, these three inci­dents col­lec­tively high­light the major dan­gers com­ing from the extreme right in the 21st Cen­tury. Miller engaged in a deadly attack directed against Jews, a per­ceived “racial enemy.” The shoot­ing spree pre­saged the even more deadly attack against African-Americans by Dylann Storm Roof in June 2015. Cole engaged in unplanned, spon­ta­neous vio­lence against law enforce­ment officers—one of the major threats posed by the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment. And the mili­ti­a­men in North Geor­gia engaged in a con­spir­acy to attack gov­ern­ment tar­gets; just the lat­est in a long series of such plots and con­spir­a­cies stem­ming from the mili­tia movement.

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May 8, 2013 Off

FBI Arrests Minnesota Man Allegedly Plotting Terrorist Act


Photo from Buford Rogers social net­work­ing profile

On May 3, FBI agents arrested Buford “Bucky” Rogers, 24, of Mon­te­v­ideo, Min­nesota, alleg­ing that he was plan­ning some sort of ter­ror­ist attack on nearby tar­gets.  A search of his res­i­dence allegedly uncov­ered a cache of weapons that included an AKM assault rifle, sus­pected pipe bombs, and Molo­tov cocktails. 

Rogers, con­victed of felony bur­glary charges in 2011, was charged with being a felon in pos­ses­sion of a weapon.

Rogers was part of the mili­tia move­ment and pur­ported to run a mili­tia group he called the Black Snake Mili­tia.  Through social media Rogers called for oth­ers to arm them­selves against the gov­ern­ment.  In a series of Face­book posts on June 15, 2011, Rogers wrote, “together we can fight back they wont take me down with­out a fight i hope that you wont go down easy eather.” 

He alluded to fight­ing against the NWO (New World Order) who he says has taken away the right to bear arms and the free­dom of speech.  He also wrote “ever[y]one bet­ter get your guns ready cuz there come­ing FEMA,” a ref­er­ence to a con­spir­acy the­ory that our gov­ern­ment will soon declare mar­tial law and dis­si­dents will be housed in FEMA (Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency) con­cen­tra­tion camps.  He also wrote, “The war is here tsa agents are doing ran­dom [checks] and shoot­ing peo­ple for no re[a]son.”

Addi­tional social net­work­ing pro­files seem­ingly con­nected to Rogers also allude to violence.

A pro­file attrib­uted to the screen name “Davd Black” (but dis­play­ing a photo used in another Buford Roger  pro­file) called for vio­lence in April 2013 writ­ing “they fired the first shot already if your with me hit me up and we can take action” and “i know what we have to do time to rise i go[t] my rifle side arm and my rope for strin[g]ing tra[i]tors up lets go get umm boyz… this next c[o]uple months will be some­thing to rem[e]ber.”

In a Jan­u­ary 2013 post he asserted that, “The pres­i­dent has declared war on our Repub­lic and so we will take action! ….So just like a rat­tle snake a warn­ing only lasts so long the rat­tle has ended and now we STRIKE If you think we can still restore our repub­lic by peace­ful means you are sorely mis­taken I wish i was wrong but I’m not I know the way the N.W.O./New World Order works and they will not go down with out a fight nor will we THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS!! … THE 2ND AMERICAN REVOLUTION begins tonight!!!

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