Montana Conference Sparked FBI Investigation, Documents Show

An FBI investigation into a plot to kill Alaska state troopers was prompted by a right-wing conference in Montana that featured speeches by those involved in the plot, new court documents show.

Media Matters is reporting this week on the Montana angle of the story of Schaefer Cox, who has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder (among other things).  Cox was a featured speaker at the Celebrating Conservatism convention (also called the Liberty Convention), where he bragged in front of the audience about commanding a 3,500 strong armed militia and creating a new court system to supplant federal courts.

“According to the new documents, FBI agents began investigating Cox following a series of speeches he gave in Montana in 2009 and 2010.”

You can read more here about the specifics of Shaeffer Cox’s plot. Media Matters goes on to write that

“Although it’s unclear from the court filing who exactly sponsored the Montana gathering where Cox made his speeches or who recorded his comments, it does report that several concerned citizens approached the FBI in Montana in 2010 to express their concern over Cox advocating violence and calling for the overthrow of the government.

It may be unclear from the court filing who sponsored the gathering, but it has always been clear to anyone who reads the Cowgirl blog. We reported here in 2010 that  Rick Breckenridge  was a platinum sponsor of “Liberty Convention 2010”.  Breckenridge was a candidate for the GOP chairmanship in 2008, and was also campaign treasurer for Derek Skees when he ran for Whitefish legislator. Skees is now a statewide candidate, for the job of State Auditor. Skees later admitted to attending the conference.

As we reported at the time, the “Liberty Convention 2010” was a nest for white supremacists, racists, anti-Semites and militia figures, as well as just plain-old right wing nutjobs.  This blog strongly suggested that the media should inquire further as to who, among GOP politicians in this state, was in attendance, but mostly to no avail.

Only the Flathead Beacon seemed interested in looking into the matter. They interviewed Skees, and he said that yes, he attended the conference, but that “he wasn’t aware that any extremists would be there“ or aware of the speakers views, event though people like Chuck Baldwin, Shaffer Cox, Red Beckman were on the program, and even though Skees’ own campaign treasurer was one of the main sponsors of the event.

It can be assumed safely that other GOP officials and candidates were at the conference, but it will require investigative reporting to confirm to this.

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7 Comments on "Montana Conference Sparked FBI Investigation, Documents Show"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 16, 2011 4:55 PM at 4:55 PM |

    Wackin’ state troopers??? Skeeter, is THAT one of your Krisheeyan family vaules, dude? WWJW, WHO WOULD JESUS WACK?? Right, Skeeter? You have some very, very weird friends there, Skeeter. Can I ask you a personal question? Are you the Anti-Christ, or just insane?

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 16, 2011 5:08 PM at 5:08 PM |

      p.s. Skeeter, you can START explaining your run for higher office by ANSWERING the questions I posed in an early post. Why won’t you answer them? Are you afraid to TELL the people of Montana? You see, Skeeter, THIS is Montana, dude. We who are from here all KNOW each other. Yet we know NOTHING about you. You are a carpetbagger, an outsider. Hence, you can create your own narrative, invent your own history, enGRANDize yourself, which EYE personally think you’ve done. You are a phony who will NOT come clean with we Montanans.

      What say you, dude? Why will you NOT answer some basic questions about yourself? I’m thinkin’ it’s because your full of crappola. What do you have to hide that you’re NOT saying? It’s called TRVTHfulness. How can we elect you to ANYthing if you will not come clean with the people of Montana?

      You see, Skeeter, in CASE you’ve forgotten your Bible, one of the biggie commandments is THOU SHALT NOT LIE! And yet, you lie by omission.

      Answer the following:

      1. How many times you been MARRIED, mr. christeeyan?

      2. How much higher ED do you have?

      3. Do you even KNOW what an state autitor does?

      4. Why do you proudly wear the Confederidiot Flag?

      5. WHY do you hang around with known racists and bigots????

      I’ll wait.

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 16, 2011 5:23 PM at 5:23 PM |

    p.s. Even though Rep. Skees will not answer, I do admire him for at least showing up on the site. But the old platitudes get old real fast. Real debate is preferable.

  3. My grandma used to say we are judged by the company we keep. Skees and his ilk chose to associate with this bunch of criminals. (FYI Mr. Skees “ilk” is not a male elk.) It speaks to character.

  4. Look, Breckenridge isn’t just a supporter of Skees, he’s a GOP insider going back long before Skees and even before his run for GOP chair. He was a Racicot board appointee and has been a donor to Montana republicans up and down the ticket.

  5. This should have been covered in the Missoulian. The IR wrote about the original Liberty Convention, http://helenair.com/news/article_ccf7b5d2-d06b-11de-bc4e-001cc4c03286.html

    but no follow up? Get with the program Lee.

  6. Skees isn’t going to answer these questions because he knows the answers won’t match with the phony Jesus fanboy image he tries to project. He’s probably a former druggie or alchoholic, thenrealized he was a scumbag and claimed to have found Jesus to try to tamp down on the self hatred. But does anyone really think Jeses would associate with a crew of murderers and their financial backers like Skees and the other repubs that attended this garbage? I think not,

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