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Hutaree Militia Fact Sheet RULE The Militia Movement in 2010: A Snapshot

Posted: March 29, 2010

The Hutaree Militia
The Militia Movement in 2010: A Snapshot

Size:  The militia movement has roughly 3,000-6,000 members nationwide, with a significant additional number of adherents who self-identify as part of the movement without belonging into any specific group.  The number of militia groups has increased sharply since 2008, from around 50 in early 2008 to nearly 200 today. 

Organization:  The militia movement primarily consists of a collection of paramilitary groups, most of them small (in the range of 10-30 members).  Militia umbrella groups have traditionally failed, but the movement nevertheless is well-networked, and members from different groups meet together to share ideas and expertise.  In the past two years, the movement has made a concerted effort to use the new social media of the Internet in order to recruit; one result has been the influx of a number of younger people into the movement (the original militia movement was primarily a middle-aged movement).

Reason for Growth:  The primary reason for the rapid resurgence of the militia movement was the election of Barack Obama as president.  His election re-ignited a number of longstanding anti-government conspiracy theories about gun confiscation, FEMA concentration camps, and martial law, all to enslave Americans as part of the New World Order.  Conspiracy theories rather than race was the dominant factor.  The resurgence of the militia movement was part of an overall growth of anti-government animosity in the United States over the past 18 months. 

Association with Criminal Activity:  Since its inception in late 1993/early 1994, many members of the militia movement have been arrested on a variety of charges, most of them involving illegal weapons or explosives and/or conspiracies to use them.   Militia members have also been involved in several murders, including murders of police officers.  In the past four years, a number of militia members have been arrested for amassing large arsenals of illegal weapons.  However, the Hutaree Militia indictments represent the first arrests of militia members for an alleged terrorist plot since the militia resurgence really began a year and a half ago.

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