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Title Militia / Hate Groups - From the desk of Kerry Noble
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Militia / Hate Groups - From the desk of Kerry Noble www.hopeful-sojourner.com (archived version) (NOTE: Kerry is a former militia member/leader and author of the book Tabernacle of Hate. He is a leading voice against militia and hate groups in the world. -Steve Hassan) Don t really expect anything to happen this year. Next year is more dangerous. For many in the movement, numbers are important. Next year is the year 2000, of course. But it will be 5 years from OKC (5 is more significant than 4) and 7 years from Waco (7 is more significant, also, than 6). Of lesser importance, it will be 15 years from the siege at CSA (15 is more significant than 14). And it will be 225 (a significant number in itself) years since Lexington. (225 is 3 squared x 5 squared or 9 x 25. Nine is judgment, numerically, and 25 is redemption. To see how significant numbers are in the movement, subscribe to New Beginnings magazine, Box 228, Waynesville, NC 28786. Okla. City, Waco Anniversaries Loom The Associated Press By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Department security officials on Thursday issued their annual security warning to employees about the April 19 anniversary of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing and the assault on a religious compound in Waco, Texas. Although the FBI does not have any specific threat information concerning the week of April 19, Justice Security Officer D. Jerry Rubino issued the annual warning to raise your level of security awareness. The FBI sends a similar alert to federal, state and local law enforcement around the country each year at this time. Rubino noted that April 19 is meaningful to self-styled patriots in the current militia movements. On that date in 1995, the Oklahoma City federal building was bombed by Timothy McVeigh, a drifter who had expressed anger over the assault by federal agents on April 19, 1993 on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. McVeigh has been sentenced to death; two other men have been convicted as accomplices. More than 70 residents of the compound died at Waco of various causes as a fire broke out during the assault. The Oklahoma City blast killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others. April 19 also is the anniversary, Rubino pointed out, of the 1775 battles between British soldiers and American Minutemen at Lexington and Concord, Mass. Rubino noted the week ends with the 50th anniversary celebration here of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the continuing conflict in the Balkans also has the potential for initiating terrorist threats aimed at NATO officials. Rubino said all identification badges will be checked on entrances to Justice buildings and arriving packages will be X-rayed. He advised employees with windows on the street to close their blinds or shades.