Alaska Militiamen Again Charged With Murder Conspiracy
A Militia puke like Francis Cox is exactly the type of person you don’t want assuming control during a crisis imagined or real.
Like this winter’s near-record snowfall in Alaska, federal criminal charges keep piling up against imprisoned militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox.
With six additional federal charges filed in a superseding indictment just last Friday, the trial for Cox and Alaska Peacemaker Militia co-defendants Coleman L. Barney and Lonnie G. Vernon has been postponed from Feb. 6 to May 6.
The new federal indictment now includes federal murder conspiracy charges similar to state charges dismissed against Cox last October after a state judge ruled audio and video recording made during a six-month FBI investigation wouldn’t be admissible in state court. Those recordings and testimony from two confidential informants are expected to be the backbone of the federal prosecution.
In those tapes, Cox discusses “overthrowing the federal government by violent means” after establishing a system of “common-law courts” — pseudo-legal panels commonly employed by members of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement to “try” their enemies — and recruiting a 3,500-member militia, court documents allege.
“It is not a rag-tag deal,” Cox boasts of his militia, claiming improbably that it has a medical unit and engineers “that make GPS jammers, cell phone jammers, bombs and all sorts of nifty stuff.”
“We’ve got airplanes with laser-acquisition stuff and we’ve got rocket … and grenade launchers and claymores and machine guns and cavalry and we’ve got boats,” Cox says in another one of the recordings. At one point, he claims his militia crew could outgun the state police in Alaska.
Cox, Barney and Vernon possessed and sought to acquire illegal firearms, machine guns, destructive devices and silencers as part of their membership in the Alaska Peacemaker Militia and the Alaska Assembly Post, the new indictment says.
They were arming themselves in the belief that at some future point they would be compelled to take up arms against the government or become a new government in the event of a government collapse, the indictment says.