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Militia Member Says He Did Not Sign Up to Put the Hit on President

A self-proclaimed “Captain” with a Montana Militia group has written in to the Cowgirl Blog to protest an item I linked to by Americans Against the TEA Party entitled “‘Christian’ Militia Leader NOW Networking Militias To Assassinate President Obama (Screenshots)

In the article you can find screenshots from Everest Wilhelmsen, the leader of the Christian American Patriots Militia, from his Facebook page, where he writes:

“the authority to kill Obama comes from the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. He is levying war on the United States and aiding and comforting our foreign enemies….I would be very surprised if he does not leave Washington D.C. today (Nov. 19th) never to return…if he is not dead within a month.)

He urges others to sign up for his group, and Rick Lovelien’s name appears on it (screenshot).

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Mr. Lovelien, or rather Captain Lovelien, does not offer an explanation for how his name got on the list without his knowledge.  This “patriot” does say however that he only wants to impeach the President of the United States of America.

You can read his whole statement here:

My name is Cap. Rick Lovelien with the Montana state defense force. For the record at no time did I sign my name to a list of patriots willing to pull the hit on President Obama as per your blog. Nither[sic] dose[sic] myself or the MTDF condone any such activity. We believe he should be impeached for his action while in office. as for the operations at the Bundy Ranch, we were there to provide security for the Bundy family as well as the protesters as some of the blm agents were being abusive and threating[sic] the protesters by putting snipers on the hill overlooking the protest site.

Thank you Cap. Rick Lovelien MTDF

 

Note:  Readers point out that the abbreviation for Captain is actually “Capt.” rather than “Cap.” so posting this here to make Mr. Lovelien aware.

“Natural Man” Accuses Gallatin County of International Banking Conspiracy

Internet sensation “Natural Man” is back in the news this week for refusing to appear in court without a white flag on which he had written “truce.”  This apparently was some kind of legal strategy which he believes will prevent him from being held accountable for his actions.  Ernie Wayne Tertelgte, which is the natural man’s actual name, also accused Gallatin County of being part of an international banking conspiracy.

Tergelgte and his pals in the local militia and Oathkeepers have been spouting bizarre and ludicrous arguments popular with the so-called Sovereign Citizens Movement.  As KTVM reported,  “the FBI considers sovereign citizen extremists a domestic terrorist movement.”

Tertelgte’s posse have threatened to kidnap the judge who presided over Tertelgte’s last court appearance. judge

You can see the latest on KTVM’s website here.

Anti-government Militia Threatens to Kidnap Montana Judge – Calls It a “Citizens Arrest”

KXLH is reporting that an anti-government militia group told MTN news in an email that the group is planning to nab a local judge.

A spokesperson for the militia group, William Wolf, said of the “unorganized” militia’s plans to make a “a citizens’ arrest” of Justice of the Peace Rick West.  The group is upset because their anti-goverment cohort, a tricorn wearing  Internet legend who calls himself “the natural man” is in jail for contempt of court. “This isn’t about vengeance, this is about justice,” Wolf told MTN News.

But the local sheriff is concerned.   Continue reading

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.

Fringe Political Element’s Election Plot Uncovered

The Missoulian is reporting that a cabal of far right wingers that are part of a  “fringe political element” has launched a campaign to take over the board of trustees at  Flathead Valley Community College.

I can understand why local community leaders are afraid.  School board races are often the starting points of future political careers, and the slate of far-right extremists will only end up dragging area schools into senseless and divisive “culture war” battles on issues that have nothing to do with public education, solely to promote their far-right views.

What’s worse, the move comes on the heels of Chuck Baldwin’s tirade in favor of making Montana into a right-wing mecca and that his machinations are in preparation for “a coming battle.” (Baldwin is the father of sect member Tim Baldwin.)

As the Missoulian reports, in addition to Ed Berry, the founder of Montana’s most extreme online forums Edberry.com and PolyMontana.com,  the challengers running for three of four open college trustee positions are:

“Tim Baldwin, an attorney and the son of Chuck Baldwin, the 2008  presidential nominee for the national Constitution Party;”

“Roland Horst of Bigfork, where he is a board member of the Prolife Coalition” - the group whose leader was raided for Medicaid fraud; and,

“Glenn Wehe of Columbia Falls, a board member on the Evergreen School District and an active supporter of Senate Bill 114, which would have given county sheriffs authority trumping that of the federal government” – one of the nuttiest bills of the Legislative Session.

The candidates are so far to the right that even local conservatives are coming out in opposition to the extremists.

No doubt the extremists will pull the old “they’re lying about me!” response, but I don’t see where the wiggle room is. You lead these movements, you live with the consequences. You start a forum for the most far-right commentary in the state, you own it (like Obama owning Jeremiah Wright. Remember that, Ed?).  You join a board of directors led by a woman suspected of defrauding the taxpayers of Montana, you own that too.