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Terrorists Charged in Plot to Kidnap and Kill Troopers

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 casey.grove@adn.com (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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  1. We can all contact Rep King through his congressional contact page – http://peteking.house.gov/email.shtml

    To suggest that he include this situation in his hearings

  2. This is the second time that this site has run a what if question in regards to what if these people were Muslim? I do not see the point to the article and how it relates. A terrorist has goals and will seek recognition for his or her acts before or after their deaths. A common criminal seeks to enrich themselves and possibly kill the people that are tracking them down. They seek no recognition only the ability to continue doing what they prefer to do.
    A group of people who want to live a life of isolation free of government control may do so as long as they pay their taxes, send their children to school, and submit to other laws and regulations that control their life. This means they cannot escape government oversight and control. When they attempt to do so Police come after them. If the police did not then they may just live out their lives and die in the woods but we will not allow it so armed semi-crazy people do what they do, they become violent. You can call them domestic terrorists but they are not, as they have no cause to advance other than leave me alone or I will kill you.
    I do not like terrorists, but they are fighting, and dying for a cause they believe in, they put everything they have on the line for a result they may never experience even if they are successful. I would kill almost every terrorist out there, if possible, as they are my enemy. However, they deserve some amount of respect as most would be glad to serve in an army to advance their cause on a battlefield where dedication such as this is considered honorable. No enemy can make a direct stand against today’s modern armies so terrorism and guerrilla actions is all people, who normally have no voice, can do to advance their agendas whatever they may be.

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