9/11 attacks and Patriot Act reinforce conspiratorial views of MOM leaders.
Posted: July 31, 2002
Both the 9/11 terror attacks and the subsequent introduction of the Patriot Act were seen by Militia of Montana leaders as new evidence confirming their suspicions that the federal government is attempting to impose martial law and strip Americans of all their rights.
MOM's Taking Aim first tackled the 9/11 attacks in a three-part "exposť" beginning with the February 2002 issue. These articles alleged that the federal government allowed the attacks, or actually conducted them, in order to provide a rationale for a rollback of civil liberties. To document its claims, the Taking Aim series provided survivors' accounts mixed with various antigovernment conspiracy theories. The articles also described the fall 2001 anthrax attacks as an effort by the Bush administration to heighten public fear, thereby making citizens more amenable to restricted freedoms and, ultimately, to complete government domination. MOM summarized its argument by quoting former FBI director J Edgar Hoover: "The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." (Taking Aim, Feb 2002).
Although MOM jumped on the conspiracy bandwagon along with many other anti-government groups, it has otherwise not been very active, having suffered from the general decline in the militia movement, as well as from its own remoteness. Its primary function has been to sell survivalist goods and anti-government literature.