Michigan militia groups try to distance themselves from alleged terrorist plot

Michigan militia groups try to distance themselves from alleged terrorist plot

Pete Tombers Rick Foreman heard the news on Thursday like everyone else. A group of men, many with ties to Michigan’s militia community, many who’d stood side-by-side with Foreman at demonstrations this spring and summer, had allegedly plotted to overtake the state capitol and kidnap the governor. “When I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it,” Foreman says. Foreman is commanding officer of the Michigan Home Guard, which claims to be the largest and most active militia group in the state. Foreman also has a lot of connections with other militia members, and other Second Amendment rights activists. So after hearing about the charges against the 13 men, Foreman says he reached out to some people he knew. What he heard was enough to make him believe at least some of the allegations. "That’s not something that we condone at all. That’s not anything that the militia is about," says Rick Foreman of the Michigan Home Guard “That’s not something that we condone at all,” Foreman says. That’s not anything that the militia is about.” One thing that wasn’t hard for Foreman to believe: that the apparent ringleader was a man named Adam Fox. Fox had been kicked out of the Home Guard for what Foreman calls “rage issues.” “I noticed that he was a hot head and was a little more radical than I really like,” Foreman says. “He wants us to do something, and he wants us to do something now. He wouldn’t say any specifics, but […]

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