The silence from the traditional media -- and the right-wingnut blogs, as well -- about the alleged right-wing terrorist plot by a small group of Ft. Stewart soldiers to "take over the base" and to assassinate the President. At the time they were arrested, the group had already killed two people and amassed nearly $90,000 worth of military-grade weaponry. The plot was revealed by prosecutors in Georgia who were investigating the murder of a former soldier, Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York. Prosecutors believe that they were murdered because Roark left the Army and the other members of the F.E.A.R. ("Forever Enduring, Always Ready") Militia considered him a "loose end" that could endanger their plans by revealing what they were up to, and felt he had betrayed them by leaving the Army.
The four soldiers, who served at Fort Stewart, were allegedly part of a group that went by the name F.E.A.R., or Forever Enduring Always Ready. The prosecutor said the members were inked with matching tattoos, and authorities have no idea if other people were part of the group, the report said.
No state or federal charges have been filed against any of the soldiers for their role in the alleged plot. The new revelations came to light in an ongoing murder case against the four soldiers in state court in Georgia.
One of the soldiers, Pfc. Michael Burnett, changed his plea in the case to guilty on charges of manslaughter and other crimes in the killing of a young couple last year and appeared prepared to testify against his fellow co-defendants.
One of the victims, Michael Roark, was a former soldier who served alongside the group at Fort Stewart and was reportedly part of the militia. The other victim was his girlfriend, Tiffany York. The remaining three soldiers, Sgt. Anthony Peden, Pvt. Isaac Aguigui and Pvt. Christopher Salmon, are still facing charges connected to the killing.
Burnett testified at the court hearing in rural Long County, Ga., that the militia felt Roark had betrayed them by leaving the Army days before the killing and they saw him as "a loose end," according to the Associated Press.
It's not clear whether the plots to kill the president or take over Fort Stewart were advanced, but authorities have said the quartet stockpiled guns and other weapons.
Back in December when the four soldiers were first arrested, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives described them as a "loosely-knit group of individuals" who teamed up to buy the weapons.
Spokesman Richard Coes told the Wenatchee World newspaper in Washington state, where one of the men was from, that the guns were mostly expensive, "military-grade" rifles.
"It doesn't look like they were trying to distribute them," Coes told the newspaper. "Whatever it was, it was extremely odd to gather that collection of guns."
Fortunately, they got caught. Unfortunately, it was too late for Michael Roark and Tiffany York.
But there is another interesting wrinkle here -- the alleged ringleader of the group, a Private named Isaac Aguigui, was a page at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Now imagine if one of the pages from the 2008 DEMOCRTIC convention was implicated in a plot like that. The right-wing blogs, Rush Limbaugh, Michael the Savage Weiner and the rest would be app-o-fucking-plectic. They would be shrieking for resignations and demanding their pound of flesh while the traditional media devoted their front pages and an endless loop of the front gate of Ft. Stewart would be shown on Fox and Tea-NN.
But the ringleader was a young republican, so instead, we hear crickets.
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