If these “militiamen” were Muslims this would be called terrorism.
What if they were Muslim? (h/t: CriticalDragon)
Rejecting Schaeffer Cox’s claim that he was merely exercising freedom of speech when he spoke of killing a judge and law enforcement officials, a federal jury this summer convicted the boyish Alaska militia leader of heading a murderous conspiracy against the government.
Also found guilty on June 18 of conspiracy to commit murder was Lonnie Vernon, a member of Cox’s group, the Alaska Peacemakers Militia. The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on that same charge against a third defendant, Coleman Barney. But Barney, 38, of North Pole, along with Cox, 28, of Fairbanks, and Vernon, 56, of Salcha, was found guilty of a host of weapons charges, including conspiracy to possess unregistered silencers and destructive devices.
The convictions cap an FBI investigation that began in August 2009 and culminated with the suspects’ arrest in March 2011, after they began taking concrete steps to carry out a wild-eyed plot to kill, kidnap, and terrorize their perceived enemies in the government.
Described in court documents as “extremely paranoid and narcissistic,” Cox was once something of a rising star in Alaska politics. In 2008, he received 37% of the vote in a Republican primary bid to upset a GOP incumbent in a race for the state House of Representatives.
But he soon drifted away from the mainstream, instead embracing militant antigovernment views. In 2009, he was listed as a delegate to the We the People Continental Congress, which brought together antigovernment “Patriot” leaders, conspiracy theorists, tax protesters and other radical-right leaders. As an alternative to the established system he so reviled, Cox also organized a pseudo-legal “common-law court,” which met in the back room of a local Denny’s.