April 27, 2007

Stoner Militia Busted in Alabama

Sounds like they took the lyrics to Steve Earle's Copperhead Road just a little too seriously:

Federal and state agents swooped down Thursday morning on a group calling itself "The Free Militia" and uncovered a small arsenal of home-made weapons that included a rocket launcher, 130 hand grenades and 70 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) similiar to the kind used by insurgents against American GIs in Iraq.


Officials said ATF agents encountered booby traps at one of the search sites.

The weapons cache also included a machine gun, a short barreled shot-gun, two silencers, numerous other firearms, 2500 rounds of ammunition, explosive components, and commercial fireworks. Agents also found more than 120 marijuana plants, Martin said.

I can only assume that the commercial fireworks recovered were used as components in the other explosive devices recovered.

Based upon the story so far, the now not-so-Free Militia sounds like it might be as much of a drug operation as much as an extremist group. Luckily, we have enough space in federal prisons that these gentlemen shouldn't be a problem for anyone for a very long time.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 27, 2007 07:40 AM

Do you think this is an isolated case or the tip of the iceburg. I feel that with the restrictions on liberty that have been imposed on us that a reaction is long over due.

Posted by: David Caskey at April 27, 2007 10:02 AM

Only 2500 rounds of ammunition? Hell, that's a slow
Tuesday..... I've got that much .22LR lying around :-)

Posted by: Steve at April 28, 2007 08:19 PM

They'll be locked up, and rightly so, but there is NO space in Federal prisons. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") has a goal to reduce overcrowding to 30 percent (from the nearly 100% in some facilities, like FCI Miami) in few years, with new construction.

Posted by: Jay Hurst, Federal defender at May 2, 2007 05:41 AM