The Militia Movement and Timothy McVeigh
Timothy McVeigh has been associated with the militia movement
because of his anti-government sentiments, although he was never a formal
The militia movement peaked in strength in late 1996 and the
number of members and overall strength of the movement has declined since then.The Oklahoma City bombing and its aftereffects did cause some people to drop
out, especially the most "moderate" members.
A number of hardcore
members became disenchanted in 1996-97 when militia groups generally failed to
come to the "rescue" of the Montana Freemen and the Republic of Texas
in their highly visible standoffs with law enforcement. But probably the biggest
factor was a series of high-profile arrests of militia members on weapons,
explosives, and conspiracy charges in 1996 - the Arizona Viper Militia, the
Washington State Militia, the Georgia Republic Militia and the West Virginia
Mountaineer Militia, especially. At present the Midwest shows very strong
militia activity: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
Militias: McVeigh is a "Government Pawn"
The militias, tax resisters and sovereign citizens don’t
regard Timothy McVeigh as a poster boy for their cause. In fact they don’t
talk about him very much at all, but, insofar as they do speak of him, they
describe him as a brainwashed government pawn. It is their belief that because
he is "controlled by the government," this explains the reason he has
abandoned the appeal process, i.e., the government is afraid that the
brainwashing and conditioning won’t last. And if the brainwashing effects are
going to fade; well then, he must be executed immediately. So McVeigh’s
heinous act is neatly wrapped in a government conspiracy in order to explain it.
To the extent that there is any support for McVeigh, it comes from the white
supremacists and neo-nazis who regard what he did as heroic - the act of a
Kentucky State Militia
The Kentucky State Militia led by Commander Charlie Puckett
is extremely active and is currently the strongest active militia in the U.S.
The Kentucky State Militia employs a Web site, short-wave radio, personal
appearances and militia networking. The KSM also runs militia-training sessions.
Recently, the group sponsored a multi-state militia meeting
in Grayson County, Kentucky that featured combat training and a
"communications seminar" by a short-wave radio broadcaster who has
identified himself as a follower of the Christian Identity movement. He has said
"those who worship ‘idols and Gods’ other than Jesus should leave the
Puckett has said that the KSM opposes terrorism and that he would have
"ripped Timothy McVeigh’s head off" to stop the Oklahoma City
bombing." However, he and his group are preparing members for nuclear war
and for potential attacks by the government. This militia’s numbers have been
estimated from 100 to 200 members all the way up to a wildly exaggerated 9,500
from someone who claims to have gotten that number from Puckett, personally.
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