In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in April of 1995, international attention focused on the militia movement in America. This movement’s members, supporters and detractors have all characterized it as an anti-government movement. This lecture explores the possibility that the militia movement may actually be a tool or extension of the government. (Mr. Emory stresses that he believes that the movement’s actual membership is a mixed bag. Many people in the militias are sincere patriots and conservatives, although generally badly misinformed. Many are also outright raving Nazis and fascists. A few are actually liberals.)
The bulk of the lecture consists of analysis and history of the evolution of the para-military right in the United States. The lecture begins with discussion of the MacArthur group within the military and MacArthur’s intelligence chief, Charles Willoughby. The illusion that the United States was controlled by communist sympathizers had its genesis with Truman’s removal of MacArthur as commander of the UN forces in Korea. Former MacArthur staffers, such as Willoughby and Colonel William Potter Gale, formed an important element on the American far right, and played an important part in the evolution of the paramilitary right. Gale founded the fascist Christian Defense League, one of a number of tributaries that fed the growth of the Minutemen.
The most important of America’s para-military organizations was the Minutemen. A prototype and direct precursor of the modern militia movement, the Minutemen overlapped many domestic fascist organizations, such as the American Nazi Party, the aforementioned Christian Defense League, Ku Klux Klan and National States Rights Party. The intelligence community has recruited elements of the Minutemen (and other, similar, para-military organizations) to serve at the operational level in covert operations, both domestic and foreign.
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