Skewed Article on Militias

April 29, 2010 at 08:51 (Media, News)

This is classic MSM journalism.

First, the article points out that we are one of the few who permit independent militias. Welcome to the United States, moron. Land of the FREE. If a bunch of guys want to hang out together and drill and shoot, more power to them. As long as they aren’t blowing up schools like terrorists do, who gives a rat’s butt. I’d like to see it even – I love guns! I bet the G3 mentioned in the article rocks!

I especially love how they link the guy that flew his plane into a government building with militias. He wasn’t in a militia – he was the opposite of the political spectrum! If anything he was a leftist! Most militia types lean right, or are far right. This guy was a lone whacko! What gall, writing the article that way!

And note one other pertinent fact – who advised theses guys to turn themselves in when they crossed the line? A large militia. That’s right – responsible citizens who happen to have formed their own ‘militia’. I put it in quotes because that entire idea has been so demonized it’s ridiculous.

Are there crazies out there? Sure. Just like there are crazies that are engineers, or crazies that are politicians. Does that mean all engineers or politicians are crazy? OK, maybe that last one, but you get the point.

Lackomar is an independent contractor for a private parcel company. If you live northwest of this battered city and you recently purchased something from a home shopping network, there’s a good chance the 36-year-old handled your package.

But there is one small item that never leaves his truck: a green nylon satchel Lackomar jokingly calls “the football,” a reference to the briefcase with codes for a nuclear strike kept close to the U.S. president. Inside, along with a pocket knife and a small first aid kit, is a sealed envelope containing codes, rallying points and detailed plans that Lackomar would use to mobilize his squad of armed citizen-soldiers in an emergency.

Lackomar is a team leader in the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia (SMVM), the largest and most visible of this state’s many small private armies. He is a husband, a father and a musician. But his favorite picture on his Facebook page shows him standing in front of a snowmobile trailer packed with rifles, clips and ammunition boxes, a picture he laughingly admits looks “like an evidence photo from the 6 O’clock News.”

The SMVM is one of 200 armed militias in the United States, a number that has quadrupled since 2008, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights watchdog, which says they may have 6,000 members and many other adherents.


The United States is one of the few Western democratic countries that permit independent militias.

Their rapid growth coincides with a sharp rise in partisan rhetoric as the November U.S. congressional elections draw nearer. Depending on your perspective, they are either patriots or paranoid. Experts in law enforcement and academia are divided as to how big an actual threat they may pose. But they all agree on one thing: the groups are very well armed.

“Most (militia groups) are merely in the rhetorical and defensive stage,” said Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice at California State University and an expert on militias and domestic terrorism. “But we don’t know which groups are going to be benign and which are going to be small incubators for radicalism.”

His point was underscored by the arrest in late March of nine members of anti-government extremist group called the Hutaree, whose website says its name means “Christian Warrior.” They were charged with planning a cop-killing spree intended to spark a broad insurrection.

And in February, a computer engineer angry with the government crashed a small aircraft into an office building in Austin, Texas, housing the federal Internal Revenue Service. In a rambling six-page statement, the man said he hoped his act would help make “American zombies wake up and revolt.”


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