Could the Hutaree militia have spawned a Timothy McVeigh?
One of the prosecutors who helped convict Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, says militias like the Hutaree are most dangerous when they create lone wolf terrorists.
A former federal prosecutor who helped convict Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh suggests that the great risk of America's growing militia movement is not necessarily in the militias themselves, but in their capacity to spark rogue actors like Mr. McVeigh, whose 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building killed 168 people.
Aitan Goelman was a member of the Department of Justice team that helped win convictions against McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma case. Speaking two days after nine members of the Hutaree milita in Michigan were indicted on charges of conspiring to attack police officers and "levy war" on the United States, he says that there are parallels between 1995 and now.
Then, as now, the president was a Democrat seen to be liberal (President Clinton versus President Obama). Then, as now, he had recently pushed though a controversial piece of legislation (the federal assault weapons ban versus healthcare reform). And then, as now, an extremist fringe was warning of a pending government takeover.