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Beyond the Bombing:


Alabama has a small, but steadily growing, militia movement. Its most active groups, which appear to be in regular contact with one another, are the Gadsden Minutemen of Etowah County and the Montgomery County-based Sons of Liberty. The Gadsden Minutemen, led by Mike Kemp and Jeff Randall, publish a regular newsletter and meet periodically to practice battle skills and hand-to-hand combat techniques.

The Sons of Liberty is a small group with a deliberately low profile. The organization's manual advises members to "keep the group size down. If you've got more than 10-12 spin off another group." Followers are also warned not to "keep all your eggs in one basket. If you have more than one rifle, keep it in a hideaway spot." Finally. the handbook counsels, "Don't lose sight of our objective.... Don't fire unless fire unless fired upon, but if they [federal officials] mean to have a war let it begin here."

ADL Fact Finding Report, "Beyond the Bombing: The Militia Menace Grows," Anti-Defamation League, 1995.

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