LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group composed of active duty and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components and was serious enough to kill two people — former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York — by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret.

‘‘This domestic terrorist organization did not simply plan and talk,’’ prosecutor Isabel Pauley told a Superior Court judge. ‘‘Prior to the murders in this case, the group took action. Evidence shows the group possessed the knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans.’’

One of the Fort Stewart soldiers charged in the case, Army Pfc. Michael Burnett, also gave testimony that backed up many of the assertions made by prosecutors. The 26-year-old soldier pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter, illegal gang activity and other charges. He made a deal to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against the three other soldiers.

Prosecutors said the group called itself F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready. Pauley said authorities don’t know how many members the militia had.

Burnett, 26, said he knew the group’s leaders from serving with them at Fort Stewart. He agreed to testify against fellow soldiers Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, identified by prosecutors as the militia’s founder and leader, Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon.

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Pauley said Aguigui funded the militia using $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the death of his pregnant wife a year ago. Aguigui was not charged in his wife’s death, but Pauley told the judge her death was ‘‘highly suspicious.’’

She said Aguigui used the money to buy $87,000 worth of semiautomatic assault rifles, other guns and bomb components that were recovered from the accused soldiers’ homes and from a storage locker. He also used the insurance payments to buy land for his militia group in Washington state, Pauley said.

In a videotaped interview with military investigators, Pauley said, Aguigui called himself ‘‘the nicest cold-blooded murderer you will ever meet.’’ He used the Army to recruit militia members, who wore distinctive tattoos that resemble an anarchy symbol, she said. Prosecutors say they have no idea how many members belong to the group.

‘‘All members of the group were on active-duty or were former members of the military,’’ Pauley said. ‘‘He targeted soldiers who were in trouble or disillusioned.’’

The prosecutor said the militia group had big plans. It plotted to take over Fort Stewart by seizing its ammunition control point and talked of bombing the Forsyth Park fountain in nearby Savannah, she said. In Washington state, she added, the group plotted to bomb a dam and poison the state’s apple crop. Ultimately, prosecutors said, the militia’s goal was to overthrow the government and assassinate the president.

This scene would have been a lot better if a Georgia delegate had ever uttered these words, or if any delegate from any state ever uttered these words.

In fact, there is no evidence of any discussion regarding the implicit or explicit importance of privacy - the topic this scene discusses - at any point during the Constitutional Convention.

Sorkin: Good on dialogue; not that good on facts.

"If the terrorists blow up a single bus, we can work around that. When they blow up a rail, that just brings the system to a grinding halt."

J.D. Van Brink, a Tea Party supporter who tries to make an argument against light rail in Cobb County, Georgia. [Mother Jones] (via producermatthew)

Wait, so his argument against light rail is the potential threat of terrorism? So why do we keep building skyscrapers? Or cities? Or have wars? Or walk outside? (via shortformblog)

Stay inside. Don’t do anything. Don’t go anywhere. The market will take care of it.

(Source: matthewkeys, via shortformblog)


Andy Page holds his cat, Ellie, after finding her in his demolished apartment in Trenton, Ga. Thursday, April 28, 2011, after overnight storms hit the North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tenn. area. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis) 

Andy Page holds his cat, Ellie, after finding her in his demolished apartment in Trenton, Ga. Thursday, April 28, 2011, after overnight storms hit the North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tenn. area. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis) 


Andy Page cries as he sits with his cat, Ellie, placed in a pet carrier, in his demolished apartment in Trenton, Georgia, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, after overnight storms hit the North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. Page has several cats and Ellie was the last one he was looking for. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis)

Andy Page cries as he sits with his cat, Ellie, placed in a pet carrier, in his demolished apartment in Trenton, Georgia, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, after overnight storms hit the North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. Page has several cats and Ellie was the last one he was looking for. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis)

isitsafe:

littlerunnergurl:

k8zeez:

DOWN WITH FRANKLIN!!!!!!
ferretliketendencies:

sarawrah:

veganriotgrrrl:

stfusexists:

stfuconservatives:

I like to put a face and a list of crimes on woman-hating shitbags like this.
-Joe

Oh what’s this I have? No, not my middle finder the other thing. Why, it’s a phone number for Rep Franklin!404.656.0152Get it, Georgia readers!

I live in Georgia and have to deal with this fuckery. God fucking damnit.

>.<

Reason #647 to hate the GA Legislature. I can has out of this state please?


 Just my guess, this fucksauce probably raped some poor lady who later had a miscarriage…. I want to fucking junk punch him. 

Maybe his ass should beat the hell out of my foot.
He’s someone I wouldn’t mind feeding raw BACON to.

I’ve commented on him before.
Among the above, he wants people to be able to carry guns into church, because otherwise you’re “a sitting duck when you go to worship.”

isitsafe:

littlerunnergurl:

k8zeez:

DOWN WITH FRANKLIN!!!!!!

ferretliketendencies:

sarawrah:

veganriotgrrrl:

stfusexists:

stfuconservatives:

I like to put a face and a list of crimes on woman-hating shitbags like this.

-Joe

Oh what’s this I have? No, not my middle finder the other thing. Why, it’s a phone number for Rep Franklin!
404.656.0152
Get it, Georgia readers!

I live in Georgia and have to deal with this fuckery. God fucking damnit.

>.<

Reason #647 to hate the GA Legislature. I can has out of this state please?

 Just my guess, this fucksauce probably raped some poor lady who later had a miscarriage…. I want to fucking junk punch him. 

Maybe his ass should beat the hell out of my foot.

He’s someone I wouldn’t mind feeding raw BACON to.

I’ve commented on him before.

Among the above, he wants people to be able to carry guns into church, because otherwise you’re “a sitting duck when you go to worship.”

corruptpolitics:

Goddammit Bobby Franklin.

First the attack on Planned Parenthood funding and now this: State Rep. Bobby Franklin of Georgia introduced a bill in his state last week that, if enacted, would require proof that a miscarriage occurred naturally. If a woman can’t prove that her miscarriage–or spontaneous abortion–occurred without intervention, she could face felony charges.

“Franklin wants to create a Uterus Police to investigate miscarriages, and requires that any time a miscarriage occurs, whether in a hospital or without medical assistance, it must be reported and a fetal death certificate issued. If the cause of death is unknown, it must be investigated. If the woman can’t tell how it happened, then those Uterus Police can ask family members and friends how it happened. Hospitals are required to keep records of anyone who has a spontaneous abortion and report it.”

The bill is mostly aimed to make sure that any attempt to remove an embryo or fetus from a mother must be with the goal of a live birth. Ectopic pregnancy– which can be fatal to mother and fetus– is no exception. Maternal bleeding, cancer… no exceptions. I doubt it will pass, but this news comes at the end of a really rotten week for reproductive rights.

"The Bible says it’s a capital offense.  You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it’s not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things. The church is full of sinners, but we’re told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you’ve been washed, you’ve been justified and so forth. It’s not what you were. You’re not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."

(via radmax)