Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Maybe they could clean the latrines

State militia group offers its services for unlikely call-up
"Our system calls for the militia to be called up in times of national need. This sounds like one of those times," he said.

Um, that would be the National Guard.

These guys would be more likely to be a true "fifth column":
"Militias are historically so anti-government that I don't think you would really want them in the fold," said Robert Snow, an Indianapolis police captain and author of the 1999 book "Terrorists Among Us: The Militia Threat."

"And none of these groups are organized enough so that you could count on them."

Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson said police don't need the militia at this point.

"The different law enforcement agencies are meeting, and we have plans to deal with situations that might arise," he said. "We're not asking for any particular assistance, other than for citizens to report any suspicious activity."

Some militia members have engaged in enough of their own.

In 2001, police in Bloomington arrested two leaders of a militia group for allegedly planning the execution of a third member whom they suspected of betraying them. The plot was blown when the hit man they thought they were hiring turned out to be an undercover State Police officer.

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