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Michigan's militia problem

Six months before the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995, MT investigative reporter Beth Hawkins wrote "Patriot games," an October 1994 article about Michigan's militia movement, which expanded on a story that originally appeared in Traverse City's alternative paper, Northern Express. Hawkins quoted militia expert Chip Berlet saying, "I personally do not sleep well with groups of armed paranoids who believe the government is behind a totalitarian conspiracy. ... Eventually, they will have a confrontation. It's inevitable." Following the tragedy in Oklahoma, MT editor Desiree Cooper wrote, "America now ponders aloud how we failed to see it coming, despite several warning shots from alternative publications such as the Metro Times and Traverse City's Northern Express." Flash-forward to 2020, and Michigan's militias are once again in the national spotlight after the FBI said it thwarted a plot to assassinate Governor Gretchen Whitmer linked to a group called the Wolverine Watchmen.



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