Last Updated, August 30, 1999
Introduction: Across the country, interested eyes are
turned on the so-called "patriot" movement. Interested
pens have also been brought to bear, by a great many talented
writers, scholars and professionals. The Militia Watchdog
is pleased to be able to bring you some of the fruit of their
labors. The Contributors Section contains articles, interviews,
and other material donated by journalists, scholars, and other
writers interested in heightening public awareness on the patriot
These articles are the intellectual property of their
author(s); no attempt to reproduce these writings should be made
without gaining the express written consent of the author(s). The
opinions expressed within the articles should be considered those
of the author(s), and not of The Militia Watchdog.
- David Neiwert. Neiwert is a veteran Northwest
journalist who has covered the radical right since 1978.
He is at work on a book, In God's Country: The Patriot
Movement and the Pacific Northwest, scheduled for fall
- Forrest Johnson. Johnson has recently been
searching for some of the legal filings of various
"patriot" leaders. He is kind enough to provide
readers of The Militia Watchdog with copies.
Filings. In 1992 John Trochmann, later to
become notorious as the leader of the Militia of
Montana, declared himself a sovereign citizen by
virtue of his being a free white Christian male.
Here are the documents he filed.
- Ilse Bailey. Bailey is a former Texas prosecutor
who has been active in fighting the claims of the common
law and sovereign citizen movements.
Cases for Fighting 'Sovereign Defendant' Cases.
Although primarily dealing with Texas, this list
of useful precendents for dealing with the
bizarre claims of common law courtists and
sovereign citizens should be helpful to all
prosecutors. Attorneys who can add to this list
should contact The Militia Watchdog.
Back at the Ranch... A timely article
originally printed in Texas Prosecutor in
1995 on strategies and tactics for dealing with
- Bernard Sussman. Sussman is a law librarian in the
Washington, D.C., area, who has long taken an interest in the peculiar
pseudolegal arguments used by right-wing extremists.
- Idiot Legal Arguments. This is the most comprehensive
listing of extremist legal arguments available anywhere. Plenty of cases, citations, mentions, and anecdotes.