The Governments Integrity EssayAccording to Websters dictionary a militia is all able-bodied male citizens between 18 and 45years 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. Thismovement has been going on ever since the early 80s and is growing stronger today. In the beginning there were only two major militia groups: The Order, and the PosseComitatus. The Order was the most violent and notorious domestic terrorist group of the 80s(www. nizkor. org/web.
. . 1/paranoia-as-patriotism/the-order. htlml). Founded in 1983 by RobertMathews, it was one of the first racists militia groups. It gathered its members from the NationalAlliance, Aryan Nation, and other Klan splinter groups.Order now
Mathews felt that it was his duty in lifeto lead a revolution against government and all non-white citizens of the U. S. During the firstyear 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 andhis followers were more than just thieves, they were also one of the first domestic terroristgroups.
Members of the Order carried out strategic bombings and planned assassinations. Twopeople that were targeted were Walter West and Alan Berg. Walters was a members of the Orderaccused of talking to much. In May of 1994, Walters was driven into to the woods by othermembers of the Order who shot and buried him. The second target, Alan Berg, was a Jewishtalk-radio host. The Order tried to scare him off the air, but their threats did little to Berg.
Afterseveral heated conversation Bergs was shot and killed in front of his house. The Order continued with their reign of terror by robbing a Brinks armored vehicle escaping with approximately fourmillion dollars. All of this would have gone without incident but Mathews carelessly left a pistolat the scene of Bergs 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 withauthorities and exposed the Order.
In total, twenty-two members arrested, fined, and some of themembers were given life sentences. R. Mathews being the solider he is died in a shootout withlaw enforcement. In December 1984, the life of the Order had come to an end. During the time of the Orders reign, the Posse Comitatus was also in action.
Comitatus isLatin for power of force of the country (www. posse-comitatus. org/pl. html).
William P. Galewas the initial creator of the Posse but in 1983 was later made famous by Gordon Kahl. Kahlmurdered two federal marshals in N. Dakota; he was later killed by Arkansas police. After hisdeath the Posse saw him as a martyr. The Posse is a group of dedicated people nationwide thatbelieves that the federal government has grossly over stepped it bounds(www.
posse-comitatus. 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 anygovernment documents including: drivers licenses and social security cards. Although lessviolent than the Order, the Posse has had its run ins with the law.
In 1991, James Wickstone, aPosse leader in Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute $100,000 in counterfeit billsat an Aryan Nation meeting. After serving his time in prison, Wickstone, along with fellowidentity pastor Augest Kries, started a web site. In expressing his desire to replace the presentgovernment with his Identity-based theocracy, Kries writes: I have heard it said that if those of us who are adherents to Racial Identityever come to power there would be lees tolerance in this country than there isnow. I would have to agree with that statement.
Because, we would bring thiscountry back under Gods law! We are not in this fight to regain a piece of paperthat doesnt even mention God! the U. S. Constitution Its because of that pieceof paper that were in this mess were in now . . . Tolerance, is the whole problem!We would have his sic law .
. .there would be NO tolerance.(www.adl.org/poisoning_web/posse.html)The Posse fears that the government is going to establish a New World Order (NWO): a singlegovernment that will possess total control over the entire world.Individual fear .