So Maybe There Were Some Threats

Contra the initial reports about the militia loonies arrested last week, is this update:

The heavily armed Alabama Free Militia planned to attack a group of Hispanics in Blount County and had orders to open fire immediately if they saw the feds coming, an ATF agent said Tuesday.

Adam Nesmith of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified during a federal court hearing that the men had a plan to attack a group of Mexicans in the Remlap area with machine guns.

Nesmith said two of the men and a confidential informant went on a reconnaissance mission to Remlap on April 20, six days before federal, state and local law enforcement officers carried out last Thursday’s raids in four Alabama counties, confiscating truckloads of explosives, 130 grenades and 2,500 rounds of ammunition.

Nesmith said Raymond Dillard, described as the militia major, and James Ray McElroy, a private, were the two who traveled to Remlap.

Nesmith said Dillard, who had the highest rank, told the informant there were standing orders that if the militia saw the feds coming they were to open fire immediately because “they are the enemy.”

The testimony came during a hearing in which the court was trying to decide whether or not to release the men pending trial. Pre-trial release is required unless 1) the accused is a serious flight risk, or 2) the accused poses a serious threat of harm. Based on this testimony, the judge denied release on ground 2.

But so far as the news reports, these guys are only charged with conspiracy to make a firearm. So if they actually were planning on killing a bunch of Hispanics, will we see charges for that also? And if we don’t see charges, does that mean they were not really planning on it? Or just that while the government has enough evidence of the planned killing to justify denying bail, they don’t have enough evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt?

And if the problem is a lack of evidence, does it bother anyone that these guys are presently sitting in jail for a crime that the government can’t prove?

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