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Terrorists Charged in Plot to Kidnap and Kill Troopers

I wonder if Rep.Peter King will bringing this clear terrorists case in Alaska up at the hearings? Can you just imagine if these five were Muslim? It would be lock ’em up and throw away the key, press conferences and daily bulletins on their interrogations, etc.

Five charged in alleged plot to kidnap or kill troopers, judge

By CASEY GROVE (Anchorage Daily News)

Five people in the Fairbanks area were arrested Thursday by state and federal law enforcement on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap or kill state troopers and a Fairbanks judge, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Francis “Schaeffer” Cox, Lonnie Vernon, Karen Vernon, Coleman Barney and Michael Anderson are accused of conspiring to commit murder, kidnapping, and arson, as well as weapons misconduct, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, according to trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters in a written statement late Thursday.

An investigation “revealed extensive plans to kidnap or kill Alaska state troopers and a Fairbanks judge,” the statement said. The plans included “extensive surveillance” on the homes of two Fairbanks troopers, the statement said.

“Investigation also revealed that extensive surveillance on troopers in the Fairbanks area had occurred, specifically on the locations of the homes for two Alaska state troopers,” the statement said. “Furthermore, Cox et. al. had acquired a large cache of weapons in order to carry out attacks against their targeted victims. Some of the weapons known to be in the cache are prohibited by state or federal law.”

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said Lonnie Vernon, 55, was arrested for threatening to kill a federal judge. She said more information about federal charges would be released today Fairbanks Police Chief Loren Zager said the operation involved multiple police actions related to Fairbanks-area members of the “sovereign citizen” movement.

The operation was complete by evening, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage.

Alaska State Troopers had earlier shut down a road near Cox’s home, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The 26-year-old militia leader is a self-described “sovereign.”

An arrest warrant for Cox was issued last month when he failed to show up for a court appearance on a weapons charge.

Cox, a vocal proponent of Americans’ right to bear arms, had earlier vowed to defy what he described as an illegitimate and overbearing government.

The News-Miner reported a state trooper carrying a rifle blocked off an intersection near Cox’s listed address Thursday afternoon. A neighbor who lives on the same road said it was not blocked as of 5 p.m.

Along with troopers and Fairbanks police, the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service carried out the arrests, according to troopers.

An update posted on Cox’s Facebook page at about 7:30 p.m. said: “Schaeffer has been taken into custody by the FBI. Please pray for his safety and the safety of his family.”

The sovereign citizen movement is characterized by a rejection of U.S. laws and taxes. In general, participants believe that federal, state and local statutes and laws do not apply to them.

The investigation continues, troopers said.

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  • corey

    I just read that and I thought this was some joke but really he is serious, this is a fine example of the insane double standard spencer practices any other articles of his double standard he has, I know there is the “what if he were a muslim” articles that come on this site but any on his I should read for a cheap laugh because everything else on that site does its best make me barf not just because of his lack of sympathy for muslims who do suffer some kind of injustice for there religion but also the downright disturbing comments on that site.

  • NassirH

    I was skimming through JihadWatch and I found this doozie. Note Spencer’s use of “may” and “if this man is a Muslim.” There is clearly an attempt to “buy insurance” after misrepresenting several news reports in the past. Spencer’s double standards are also evident. Apparently, if a Muslim commits a crime then he is probably inspired by a verse from the Qur’an; in contrast, a non-Muslim who does the exact same thing is “just an idiot looking for attention.”

    If this man is a Muslim, he may have been trying to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). If he is not a Muslim, he is just an idiot looking for attention and finding a pathway to it by aping one of the most common news stories of the day; he almost certainly doesn’t realize that by doing so he has just committed “Islamophobia.”

  • Saladin

    I wonder what Robert Spencer will have say about this if someone were to post this on his site I am guessing he will take Geller’s route and say they were probably inspired by Islam or some other excuse.

  • Cynic

    LOL @ atm.

  • atm

    Reality in the US
    An Arab who guilty of jaywalking = TERRORIST

    A non arab rapes and murders dozens of teenagers= mentaly ill who doesn’t deserve to go to jail

  • Arz
  • Scarlett

    I wonder if they also believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden?

  • Khushboo

    King should round up everyone with those last names and have a hearing! This is not a witch hunt b/c according to King,”withes are not real, but terrorists are”. People with the last name Cox could be a terrorist!


  • jacque

    How much you want a bet that they are a bunch of Palinites? Hateful rhetoric in the political arena does have consequences. People like Palin and others like her are leading us on a path of destruction.

  • If it ever makes in on the major ‘news’ networks, they would not be called terrorists, as they as not Muslims.

  • elhajj

    Corey: sad but true.

  • corey

    remember these guys cant be classified as terrorists in this day and age unless a. there names sound arabic, and b. they have a Koran among there possessions, because that is what our favorite islamaphobes look for whenever they are trying to identify things that they think only muslims are capable of.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Also I woulder what the exgoverner would say?
    Or was she busy shooting bear?

  • Nur Alia

    Oh Mr King…

    Where are you on this?

  • Yusuf

    I love how this isn’t even new on CNN or major news networks

  • mindy1

    Geez, what loons

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