Paranoia as Patriotism:
Far-Right Influences on the Militia Movement


Linda Thompson

Self-proclaimed "Acting Adjunct General" of the "Unorganized Militia of the United States," Linda Thompson is an influential figure in the militia movement. She is a lawyer in Indianapolis and chairman of the American Justice Federation, which describes itself as "a group dedicated to stopping the New World Order and getting the truth out to the American public." Thompson claims to have contact with militias in all 50 states. She appears frequently at militia gatherings and gun shows to lecture and sell her videos "Waco, The Big Lie," and "Waco II - The Big Lie Continues." The latter, she claims, "proves conclusively the government murdered 100 men, women and children at Mr. Carmel in April, 1993." She also sells other propaganda material such as "The Traitor Files," which purport to link "Bill and Hillary Clinton to a Marxist-Terrorist network."

Thompson's most ambitious undertaking to date was a planned militia march on Washington, D.C., on September 19, 1994, where an ultimatum was to be delivered to the government. The ultimatum commanded members of Congress to initiate legislation that would, among other things, repeal the 14th, 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution, and the Brady Law and NAFTA. Thompson ordered all participants to come "armed and in uniform," and that besides delivering the ultimatum, "The militia will arrest Congressmen who have failed to uphold their oaths of office, who will then be tried for Treason by citizens' courts." Realizing after several months that support for her march was lacking, Thompson called it off.

Thompson continues to appear at rallies and conferences around the country, on radio and on computer bulletin boards, promoting the militia cause and calling down thunder upon the American government and its law enforcement agencies. On the subject of the Oklahoma bombing, she said: "I genuinely believe the government did this bombing... I mean, who's got a track record of killing children?" (Anti-Defamation League, 31)


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