Minuteman: May 2004

The Minuteman

The Newsletter of the Patriot Movement

Editor: Irish Jaeger

May 2004

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
Mark Twain


Well folks the second issue of "The Minuteman" is here and hopefully this might help prove that I'm gonna try and keep this going for a pretty long while. I personally think this issue is better than the first, but that's one mans opinion. As always comments, critique and ideas are always wanted. Please tell us what you think, so we can keep making this newsletter better! If you would like to submit material, for use in the newsletter, email the article ('s) to either: or Make sure in the subject line it says "Patriot Newsletter". Here are the rules for submitting material: 1. No cussing. 2. Its gotta be clean, everything must be readable by ladies and kids. 3. Nothing Illegal. Websites that ya'll think should be added to our website list, had better not have any pornography. Thems the rules.

Also please think about ways you can get this newsletter to people on the streets, I don't have the $$$ to try and print this newsletter, so we're back to underground spreading i.e. under windshield wipers in a parking lot, on a park bench or dropped in the break room at work. Just some ideas. Enjoy! --Irish Jaeger


I found this in the June/July 2003 issue of "THE BULLET" the official publication of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance. --Irish Jaeger

Most Sweeping Gun Ban Ever Hits Congress!!!

As we predicted, the anti-gunners have begun the push to further expand the Clinton gun ban of 1994. Not content with merely re-authorizing the ban, Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) have drafted legislation that bans millions more guns! It's a giant step closer to the goal stated by Clinton ban sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said on CBS's 60 Minutes: "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. And Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it." Toward that goal, Conyers/McCarthy would:


Ban every gun made to lawfully comply with the Clinton ban. The Clinton ban arbitrarily dictated the kinds of grips, stocks and attachments that new guns could have. Manufacturers complied. New guns were made to conform to the Clinton restrictions. Now prohibitionists want to ban the new guns too.

Ban guns the Clinton legislation expressly exempted from prohibition. This includes Ruger Mini-14's, Ranch Rifles, and .30 caliber Carbines, and entire classes of guns, including fixed magazine rifles, as well as shotguns that hold under five rounds.

Ban guns widely used for target shooting. It bans the three center-fire rifles most commonly used for marksmanship competitions: the Colt AR-15, the Springfield M1A, and the M1 Garand.

Ban all semi-auto shotguns: Remingtons, Winchesters, Benelli's, Berettas, etc., widely used for hunting, trap, skeet and sporting clays, by banning their receivers.

Ban guns for defense. Bans any semi-automatic rifle or shotgun any U.S. Attorney General one day claims is not "sporting", even though self-defense is a fundamental right and the federal constitution, the constitutions of 44 states and the laws of all 50 states recognize the right to use guns for defense.

Ban 68 name guns (Clinton ban named 19 guns); Ban parts used to repair or refurbish guns, including frames or receivers; Ban importation of ammunition magazines exempt under Clinton ban; Ban private sales of millions of guns, their frames and receivers, and their parts; Ban semi-automatic rifles under 30" long (useful for home defense); Ban all semi-automatic rifles that can hold more than 10 rounds. Ban guns rarely used in crime. State and local law enforcement agency reports have shown that guns on the Clinton and Conyers/McCarthy ban lists have never been used in more than a small percentage of violent crime. The Congressionally mandated study of the Clinton law concluded that guns it banned "were never used in more than a fraction of all gun murders." But even if they were, are the rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens to be dictated by the acts of criminals? Begin "backdoor" registration. Requires manufacturers of banned guns, receivers, frames and parts to report the names of their dealers, and requires dealers to report any of those parts they have in stock. The next step is obvious-demanding the names of gun owners who buy those parts.



'They Hate Us Because of Our Freedom'

by Alfred A. Hambidge, Jr.

Whenever I hear "they hate us because of our freedom" or "because they hate our way of life" or some other such drivel, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. If real people didn't suffer the consequences of it, such ignorance would be amusing. But another annoying thing about statements like these is that they perpetuate the myth that we live in a land of freedom. The sad fact is, we are not free, and haven't been for a long, long time.

In They Thought they Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45, Milton Mayer wrote about how the German people kept believing they were still free while the Nazis were tightening their control and extending their power over every facet of life. At first people refused to see the obvious, because the infringements on their freedom were coming in small steps. Each of those small steps, on its own, seemed to be no big deal, nothing to rebel against. But by the time you could no longer ignore the big picture, it was too late. "Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven't done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing) . . . You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. Too late. You are compromised beyond repair." Remember, all the people had to do for all that to happen was--nothing. The same phenomenon is happening right here, right now, in the U.S. of A. It had been proceeding at a slower rate than 70 years ago in Germany , but now the pace quickens.

I know there are some who will say, "Wait a minute, fella. You're going too far. The U.S. of A. is still a free country." O.K., then. If you're free, you should have no trouble doing something that people have done for time immemorial. Buy a cow, shelter and feed and care for it, milk it, and sell the milk. Go ahead, try it and see what happens. Come back and let us know how free you are to do such a simple thing, which has been done since the dawn of civilization.

Freedom is a state of being where an individual does not have to get permission in order to do something that harms no one else's person or property. How many things can you do without getting some form of government permission? Can you build your house on your own property without obtaining government approval? Can you put a new room on your house? Or a new porch? Put in a new toilet? Or even put a shed in your backyard? If you are not free to make your home on your own property, you are not free.

Once you have that home, can you refuse to sell it to the government if they want to use your land for some other purpose? Can you make them go away simply by telling them, "I will not sell you my property, at any price!" If you are not free to choose if, when, how, to whom, and for how much you will sell your property, you are not free.

Can you drive a motor vehicle across this "free" country without someone in government approving of you as a driver? Or without getting government permission to use that vehicle on the roads? If you are not free to travel without permission, you are not free.

Can you buy a pistol without government permission? Can you drive across the country with it on your person, even if you have permission to drive a properly permitted vehicle? There's a man, a good man from what I've heard, who got in trouble in Ohio for doing just that. And I'll bet there are many more good people that I haven't heard of who wound up in similar trouble. Let's remind them how free they are. Could anyone even ride a horse cross-country, with an old Winchester rifle in a scabbard, without being hassled? If you are not free to have a firearm at hand for self-defense, no matter where you go, you are not free.

Are you free to say to the government, "I don't like your retirement plan; therefore, I will no longer pay for it?" Can you, without penalty, tell the government that you will no longer pay for subsidies, for regulations, for wars, for empire, or for any activities that you disapprove? If you are not free to refuse to pay for things that you do not want, you are not free. If the government decides it needs more troops to build and maintain its empire, can you refuse to go if it calls for you? Will they leave you alone if you tell them you won't kill and die for them? Can you simply ignore the draft, without consequence? Can you refuse to be a conscripted slave? If you are not free to tell the government "Hell no, I won't go!" you are not free.

Can you open a business, like a simple barbershop, without government permission? Or how about a bakery? A diner? A hot dog stand? A gun shop? It's been said that before we invaded Iraq , there were more gun shops in Baghdad than in Washington D.C. Can you wire or plumb or fix TVs or cars without a government license? If you're not free to make a living without getting permission, you are not free. And once you have government approval to open a restaurant or bar, are you free to decide what people may do within your business? Can you choose whether or not they may smoke on the premises? Are you free to invite them to light up and enjoy a cigarette, a cigar, or a pipe with their drink, or after their meal? If you are not free to decide what people may or may not do on your property or within your business, you are not free.

Are you free to smoke a joint? Are you free to hire someone to help you satisfy a physical urge? You can do both in the same afternoon in Amsterdam . I haven't heard of anybody attacking the Dutch because of their freedom. If you are not free to entertain your mind and body in any way that does not harm another, with anyone who is willing, you are not free.

Can you undergo any medical treatment you think is in your best interest? Can you use whatever drug you deem appropriate for your condition? Can you even get some marijuana to help you avoid nausea so you can keep your meds from coming back up? Can you get it just to feel a little better for a little while? If you are not free to pursue any treatment or use any substance you think might help you obtain, regain, or retain your health, you are not free.

Are you able to criticize political candidates by name? A week before the next election or primary, place a newspaper or TV or magazine or radio ad criticizing a candidate. Let us know how you fare. The Supreme Court says it's okay to make that a crime. If you are not free to talk about politicians at any time, at any place, by any means, in any form, you are not free.

Can you take your children out of a government or conventional private school setting, without explaining to some bureaucrat how you plan to educate them? Can you homeschool them without getting government approval of your lesson plans? Can you tell everyone to buzz off, that it's none of their business how or if you educate your kids? If you are not free to teach your children what you want, where you want, when you want, and how you want, you are not free.

So, let's reiterate. You need government permission to make your home, travel, earn a living, defend yourself, obtain medical treatment, and educate your children. You will never get government approval for many of those things in many places. You will never get government permission to entertain your mind and body in unapproved ways. At certain times, you cannot criticize those who decide who and what gets approved. You must sell your property to the government if they want it, and you must kill and die for them if they tell you to. And you have no choice but to pay for it all anyway, whether you like it or not.

And still, we think we are free.


I was informed by several people, that in my article in the last issue about ways to eat dandelions I forgot Dandelion Wine, so I asked for a recipe for it. Well here is the recipe that airforce posted. --Irish

Dandelion Wine

One gallon dandelion flowers
One gallon boiling water
Three oranges
Three lemons
3 1/2 pounds sugar
One package yeast
One egg white, beaten

Pour water over dandelions, and let set for a day.

Slice oranges and lemons and add to above with sugar and yeast. Let all stand for two days.

Strain, and add the egg white. Let stand about two weeks or until it stops working, skimming the top every couple of days.

Strain and bottle (not too tightly), and leave in a cool dark place for six months. Enjoy.


I have NO idea who wrote this. I got it off of "The Survival Online Library". I did not write it, all I've done to it is make it into two parts, part 1 this month and part 2 next month. --Irish

Survival Pack, Part1

At the last meeting, someone requested information on what should be included in a basic survival pack. Most of us have either been in the military or have in some way been involved in camping trips at some level, so we have a general idea of what should be included in a pack. Many of our patriot recruits however have never been exposed to woods or "rough living" at all and it's the responsibility of us more experienced people to help these folks in any way that we can in training them how to survive without the pumped in water and electric comfort of our homes.

The following lists show what should be included in a good basic pack. Use this as a guideline to make up your own pack or to double check to make sure that you have everything that you may need in your already prepared pack. Your personal needs of course may vary from this basic list, but an honest effort has been made to list what the average person with no experience should get together and have prepared at all times.

The lists have been divided into three categories, ... Priority 1, Priority 2 and Priority 3. If you are preparing a pack for the very first time, use the list and read the detailed explanations to understand exactly what you need for each of these categories. It is strongly recommended that each person of the family has at least the items in Priority 1 in their very own personal pack. Even little children should be able to carry a small book bag pack or hiking pack that can carry their personal food and clothing so as to take some of the weight burden off of the parent's backs.

Use the following guide as a check list. As you gather each item, check it off the list. By the time you have all the items listed checked off, you will have a fine basic set-up that will enable you to survive for several days away from a populated area without help from anybody. Remember the term "American Ingenuity! The items for your pack do NOT need to be expensive or high tech items! For example, if your funds are limited there is no need to purchase an expensive set of canteens, ... empty plastic liter bottles from soda make excellent and "free" canteens that are easily stored in a pack!

Priority 1: (Read the detailed explanations on the following pages!)

Food & Water - (Prescription Medicines)

Priority 2:

Sleeping Bag - Blanket
Fire Starting Materials
Prescription Eye-glasses
Insect Repellent
Survival Tools
Maps & Compass
Cooking gear
First Aid Kit
Toilet Paper
Light Source
Soap, Toothbrush & Other Personal Hygiene Items

Priority 3:

AM / FM Transistor Radio
Small Bible
Small "Survival" Books or Pamphlets
Sun Glasses
Sun Screen Lotion

Priority 1 Items:


The easiest (and most expensive) way to have food in your pack is to purchase "Meals Ready to Eat" MRE's) from an Army/Navy Surplus store or a survival store. The cost (as of this writing) is around $4.00 for each meal if purchased separately, or around $36.00 to $40.00 per case. (12 variety meals.) The advantage to MRE's is that they are totally self contained. In addition to an (arguably) tasty and nutritious meal, each meal package also contains toilet paper, (freeing up much needed space in your pack as you won't have to pack separate toilet paper), a book of matches, snack candy, coffee, powdered drink mix, gum, salt, sugar, hand cleansing towelets and eating utensils.

Each MRE is about 1800 to 2200 calories, ... enough to keep an adult healthy (if not happy) for another day. Remember, you burn more calories while on the move than you do sitting in the comfort of your home in front of a TV. The MRE's come packaged in a water tight vacuum sealed thick plastic pouch. They are quite buoyant, and in a pack will provide more than adequate flotation support to use if crossing a deep river or stream for even a full grown adult. Being sealed the way they are, they can be buried for weeks or months and retrieved at a later date for consumption.

The disadvantage of the commercial MRE's is of course they ARE quite expensive compared to what you could prepare for yourself in a home made MRE. If you wish to take the time and trouble, you can dehydrate your own fruits and vegetables, prepare stews and soups, jerk beef and other meats, pack dried beans and legumes, rice and commercially prepared bread and biscuit flours, (just add water), mixed nuts, etc . The disadvantage of preparing your own MRE's is that for the most part you will need to re-hydrate the foods before you can eat them using much of your precious drinking water, and you will have to cook them to make them edible. (The commercial MRE's can be eaten dry if necessary, as the main course already has moisture in it, and they don't need to be cooked or heated.)

If you decide to prepare your own MRE's, be sure to concentrate on high energy, high calorie LIGHT WEIGHT foods. Be concerned about nutritional properties of the foods that you pack. Whether you buy commercial MRE's or prepare your own, you should pack supplemental "one a day" type multi vitamins to stay healthy.


Water will be one of the heaviest and most vital items that you put in your pack. Every member of the family should have and carry at LEAST one container of water. Water is for drinking! It is not for washing hands or cleaning cooking gear! If needed, clean sand does a fine job of scouring cooking gear. Water can be carried in plastic "screw top" bottles or canteens. A small bottle of water purification tablets is vital. It's suggested that you have at least one bottle per person in your family. They can be bought at Walmart, K-Mart, and many other department stores or anywhere that camping supplies are sold. A drop of chlorine bleach per quart of water can also be used to purify contaminated water, ... but if you decide to pack a small plastic bottle of bleach, be sure that the lid is FIRMLY secured as bleach rubbing against skin for a day will cause sever burns. River and creek water, ... even water from a ditch, ... can be made safe to drink if you use a water purification tablet or bleach. Water can also be boiled to kill any bacteria or insect larva if you don't have the purification tablets or bleach, but it's very time consuming and smoke from a fire may give away your location to those that you are trying to elude. Many people are packing the little "purification straws" in their packs for emergency use. (These can be purchased at most Army/Navy Surplus stores or in a survival store.) Using one of these straws, you can literally scoop up a cup of muddy water and suck through the straw giving you a safe drink.


This is of course self explanatory. It's suggested that you carry at least a 30 day supply of any medication that you or your family members need to take on a regular basis. Little children's medication should be carried by their parents or an older sibling. Be sure if you're diabetic that you bring a supply of syringes and alcohol.


It's important for each person in the family to carry at least one change of clothing in their pack for health reasons. (A cold wet and clammy shirt on your back is not only uncomfortable, it's unhealthy and dangerous as well.) I carry several pairs of socks, (blistered feet are not fun to walk on!) and underwear. Time permitting, socks, underwear and other clothing can be washed in river water, creek beds or road side ditch water and allowed to dry in the sun or near a secluded camp fire. I personally carry two changes of camouflage clothing and two changes of black (night use) clothing. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on specialty clothing, although it's nice if you can afford to. A couple of pairs of good sturdy jeans will last a long time in the woods. I also carry a set of lightweight tennis shoes" to give my feet a rest in camp from the hiking boots used while traveling. The use of a plastic bag to hold soiled or damp clothing is also recommended. Every person should have some type of waterproof poncho or rain gear. Bright red or other florescent colors are NOT recommended! A large poncho can also double as a lean-to type shelter or a ground cloth for sleeping. Camouflage rain gear and ponchos are available quiet inexpensively from Wal-mart and sporting goods stores. At times extremely GOOD bargains can be found at Army/Navy Surplus stores. I also carry at least two baseball type caps. (I prefer the camouflaged kind.) We live in a sub tropical area, and for the most part we're not used to being outside all day. A good cap with a visor can ease a lot of eye strain from bright sun and help prevent heat stroke on a blistering hot day. Also keep in mind that 80% of your body heat is lost through your head, so wearing a cap or hood on a cool or cold night will make you far more warm and comfortable.


I personally carry a small two man tent with collapsible tent poles and stakes. It's extremely lightweight and compact, ... easy and fast to set up and break down. Again however, it's not necessary to spend a great deal of money on an elaborate tent or shelter. A thick sheet of plastic or a light weight blanket sprayed with water repellant makes an excellent lean-to or two sided tent, and they're easy to pack. Even a poncho stretched from a tree in a lean-to arrangement can be quite comfortable and snug on a cold or drizzly day or night. Let your budget and your family's needs be the guide, but DON'T waste money on a large, heavy, hard to set up brightly colored dome tent. The key words should be "LIGHT" for ease of carrying, "EASY" and quick to set up, and "COMPACT" for packing purposes.

JOKE of the MONTH:

Great Truths

Great Truths that little children have learned:

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold s dust buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when your sad is Grandpa's lap.

Great Truths that adults have learned:

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge. . . mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the joy.

Great Truths about growing old:

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
4) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
5) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
6) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


Logistics, Part 1: An Overview.

By airforce
Used with permission.

Logistics is not glamorous, and it certainly isn't "sexy." It is a complex subject, with nearly infinite variables, and solutions that are often only illusory--if they exist at all.

The subject of logistics could easily fill a hundred volumes, and still be woefully incomplete. It can include everything from how much wheat a nation can produce in a year, to how you will feed your family tomorrow.

Despite the complexity, realistic logistical planning and execution is vital. Before we continue, let's take a look at a couple logistical problems from history.

The Red Ball Express

General Eisenhower had a problem.

If he didn't keep his three Allied armies re-supplied during their advance into Nazi Germany, he knew what would happen: The advance would grind to a halt, and the war would turn into a WWI-style, man-consuming, trench-warfare disaster.

He was determined this would not happen.

The Red Ball Express was his solution. This gigantic re-supply effort was even the subject of a major motion picture and a television series.

Every available military vehicle was requisitioned and loaded with food, fuel, ammo, and other supplies. Anyone caught standing around, even looking as if he had nothing to do, suddenly became a truck driver for the Red Ball Express.

Despite this herculean effort, the Red Ball Express was doomed to failure. The supply lines had become hopelessly extended; the distance from the allied deep water ports to the front had, by the autumn of 1944, simply become too great. There weren't enough trucks to load at a port, drive to the front, offload, turn around, and return. Patton's Third Army had stalled at the Siegfried Line.

For the American GI's in Europe, the winter of 1944-1945 would be long and brutal.

Operation Market-Garden

General Montgomery had a bold plan to cross the Rhine into Germany by the end of the summer of 1944, and General Eisenhower--who was already watching his supply lines grow uncomfortably long--was glad to see it.

It involved using four airborne divisions to capture four strategic bridges across Holland--the last one being across the Rhine itself, in the Dutch city of Arnhem.

Without a doubt, the plan was bold. It was also a disaster--almost a textbook example of how not to plan a military operation.

Four Allied airborne divisions would simultaneously capture the four bridges, allowing Montgomery's tanks and infantry to advance across the Rhine into Northern Germany, into the heavily industrialized Ruhr Valley.

In order for this plan to succeed, however, everything would have to go perfectly. In combat, one can never count on that. As one lieutenant said, "Sir, I fear we may be going a bridge too far."

Indeed they were.

First, their intelligence was inadequate. Arnhem, the final objective, was thought to be only lightly defended by "Home Guard" troops. Instead, the German Army HQ happened to be located there--as was an elite regiment of Waffen SS.

With no suitable drop zones near the bridge itself, the British troops had to land several miles outside of Arnhem, reorganize, and march into the town. Despite this, they were still able to capture half the bridge, on the German side of the Rhine.

Even this may not have been a disaster, but their radios had the wrong crystals installed. With no way to contact the re-supply aircraft, they could only watch helplessly as much-needed food and ammunition literally fell into the hands of the astonished Germans.

Finally, the plan was fatally unrealistic in that the entire relief column would have to travel up a single two-lane road, all the way to Arnhem, in 48 hours. The first time a vehicle broke down, the road effectively became a single-lane road. If bridging equipment was needed at the head of the column, it was only with great difficulty--and a costly delay--that it could get there.

Operation Market-Garden was a costly failure that ended any hope of winning the war in 1944. Due to poor logistical planning and execution, Montgomery earned the title of "Worst General of the 20th Century"--at least until Wesley Clark came along.


Logistical Considerations for a Militia Unit

Below are a few--by no means all--of the logistical considerations a militia unit leader must consider and plan for:

1. Organization

2. Training

(If the first two sound familiar, it is no accident. This is what AWRM is all about.

3. Time

(Perhaps the most overlooked--and the one most easily misjudged.)

4. Individual kit

5. Organizational gear

6. Fuel

7. Water

8. Food

9. Shelter

10. Rest

11. Command, control, and communications

12. Ancillary operations

"Transportation" could fall under several categories, and actually comprises more than just hiking or driving. If your supply line has only one route, and it becomes unusable because a bridge is washed out--or blocked by an enemy checkpoint--you have NO supply line.

You're right, to expect a militia unit to re-supply itself by hunting and fishing is not a realistic solution. It's possible for militia member's family to supplement their rations this way--and I will explore this a little further--but a combat unit is not going to do this.

All too often, I see someone posting that they will "live off the enemy," ambushing convoys and taking their supplies. Again, this is not a realistic solution to a logistical problem.

Since I have a little more time right now, I'll go ahead and point out another common misconception.


A combat unit must plan on providing two gallons of water per person, per day, for drinking, cooking, and hygiene.

That means that a single 16-man squad on a fifteen-day deployment must plan on using 480 gallons of water.

Clearly, you're not going to be taking this much water with you, nor are you going to be lugging it around for very long once you get there.

There are a number of possible solutions for this, but you better be sure they are practical. Boiling 32 gallons of water every day is, again, not terribly realistic.

Okay, that should get you started thinking...

In following posts, we will examine these items as it may pertain to two militia squads conducting a joint fifteen-day operational deployment against an enemy.


"Who will survive, and what will be left of them?"
--Rob Zombie


Militia Pacts

By Braveheart
9/11/03 Boyne City, Michigan.

Lyle Barkley declares that he has had enough of the Feds telling him that his mobile homes violate and ordinance code, and declares a standoff.

Tension ran high over the next month as the militia of Michigan stood at the ready. Though we only where a handful against a vast force of highly trained soldiers, we where ready to stand and fight for what we believed in. Most of us had family members in Law Enforcement that we would potentially have to face in the seemingly unavoidable armed conflict on the Barkley property. Suddenly though, a ray of hope came from the Second American Revolution Militia Mutual Defense Pact based in Colorado and led by Rick Stanley. Stanley had gathered militiamen from all over the country into a pact that was willing to help us, and our cause. What happened next though none of us grunts could have imagined.

We had men (over a thousand) and the guts to fight, but somewhere along the way our leaders lost that resolve to stand firm. One by one militia units dropped out of support. Stanley was arrested and the pact collapsed. Barkley stood alone. The Second American Revolution Militia Mutual Defense Pact was a great idea. An idea though, that never became a reality. A new Pact has emerged though from the ashes: Constitutional Rights Enforcement & Support Team (C.R.E.S.T.). How this new pact will fair I do not know. Their plan is to reach 50,000 members before actively guarding the constitution. As of March 16th 2004 CREST only has a membership of 685, so don t look for them on the battlefield for a while.

Pacts are good ideas, if someone could come up with a feasible plan to make them work. My limited experience with them shows me though that their main weakness is leadership. Capture or Destroy the leadership and the group will fall.

If your wondering what ever happened to Barkley here is a quote from the Petoskey News.

Bay Township resident Lyle Barkley has withdrawn his threat to use armed force against authorities should they try to enforce a district court order to remove three pre-manufactured housing units from his property...

..."I'm no longer threatening force," Barkley said in an interview Sunday. "We've presented enough for them to see what's wrong. I think they know the situation. The judge knows that now. For the first time he has had a chance to see the facts."



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