The Government’s Integrity
According to Webster’s dictionary a militia is “all able-bodied male citizens between 18 and 45
years old who are not already members of regular armed forces.” If only it was that simple.
Individual fear of government corruption has lead to a wide spread militia movement. This
movement has been going on ever since the early 80’s and is growing stronger today.
In the beginning there were only two major militia groups: The Order, and the Posse
“The Order was the most violent and notorious domestic terrorist group of the 80’s”
htlml). Founded in 1983 by Robert
Mathews, it was one of the first racists militia groups. It gathered it’s members from the National
Alliance, Aryan Nation, and other Klan splinter groups. Mathews felt that it was his duty in life
to lead a revolution against government and all non-white citizens of the U.S. During the first
year of existence, the Order stole close to $26,000 in order to launch a counterfeiting operation.
In total, the Order stole over four-million dollars from banks and armored trucks. Mathews and
his followers were more than just thieves, they were also one of the first domestic terrorist
groups. Members of the Order carried out strategic bombings and planned assassinations. Two
people that were targeted were Walter West and Alan Berg. Walters was a members of the Order
accused of “talking to much.” In May of 1994, Walters was driven into to the woods by other
members of the Order who shot and buried him.
The second target, Alan Berg, was a Jewish
talk-radio host. The Order tried to scare him off the air, but their threats did little to Berg. After
several heated conversation Bergs was shot and killed in front of his house. The Order continued
with their reign of terror by robbing a Brink’s armored vehicle escaping with approximately four
million dollars. All of this would have gone without incident but Mathews carelessly left a pistol
at the scene of Berg’s murder. The FBI later traced it back to the Order.
At the same time,
Thomas Martinez was arrested for trying to use a counterfeit bill. Martinez made a plea with
authorities and exposed the Order. In total, twenty-two members arrested, fined, and some of the
members were given life sentences. R. Mathews being the solider he is died in a shootout with
law enforcement. In December 1984, the life of the Order had come to an end.
During the time of the Order’s reign, the Posse Comitatus was also in action. Comitatus is
Latin for “power of force of the country” (www.posse-comitatus.org/pl.html). William P.
was the initial creator of the Posse but in 1983 was later made famous by Gordon Kahl. Kahl
murdered two federal marshals in N. Dakota; he was later killed by Arkansas police. After his
death the Posse saw him as a martyr. The Posse is “a group of dedicated people nationwide that
believes that the federal government has grossly over stepped it bounds”
org/pl.html). They believe in authority only at the county level,
disregarding state and federal laws. No member of the Posse carries paper; they disbelieve in any
government documents including: drivers licenses and social security cards. Although less
violent than the Order, the Posse has had its “run ins” with the law. In 1991, James Wickstone, a
Posse leader in Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute $100,000 in counterfeit bills
at an Aryan Nation meeting.
After serving his time in prison, Wickstone, along with fellow
identity “pastor” Augest Kries, started a web site. In expressing his desire to replace the present
government with his Identity-based theocracy, Kries writes:
I have heard it said that if those of us who are adherents to Racial Identity
ever come to power there would be lees tolerance in this country than there is
now. I would have to agree with that statement. Because, we would bring this
country back under God’s law! We are not in this fight to regain a piece of paper
that doesn’t even mention God! the U.S. Constitution It’s because of that piece
of paper that we’re in this mess we’re in now .
. . Tolerance, is the whole problem!
We would have his sic law . . .there would be NO tolerance.
The Posse fears that the government is going to establish a New World Order (NWO): a single
government that will possess total control over the entire world.
Individual fear .