Mr. Lindstedt, My name is Marie Flanagan. I am a second year doctoral student, in communication, at the University of Tennessee. My area of interest is how members of a militia view various methods of information sources. Also, how militia view the news media. With great suspicion, sometimes tempered with loathing. I'm hoping that you may be able to help me. I have selected your group because clearly the information you provide on your web site distinguishes your group from others. I'm asking if you could take just a few moments to answer a few questions about your group. I promise you, or anyone willing to participate, complete anonymity and confidentiality. This research is for academic purposes only. My goal is to show that not all militias are the same. Each has a different ideology, set of rules and practices. And that the media would paint all such groups with a single stroke. Your bi-laws and information indicates that my theory is accurate. To that end I'm hoping you will answer my questionnaire. Please feel free to add any comments and change the questions in any way you may fee comfortable. I would also like, if possible, your input on points which I may have missed. A man who has 5 WWW pages is not much interested in anonymity or confidentiality. The government knows who I am and knows my inclination to cause trouble for them. Would you please help me in making these points. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like, when I complete my study, I can send you a copy of my findings. I am currently contacting as many groups as I can. Thank you for your time and consideration. As a courtesy to the other militia groups, I shall send bcc: this questionaire and my responses to them. If they wish they can answer your quesions in their own way. It is one of the niceties that they get their chance to respond because in many cases these other militia groups do not agree with me or my particular cell within the 7th Missouri Militia. --Martin Lindstedt Marie These are the questions I propose. 1. How would you describe yourself? As a Revolutionist for the sake of civilization. The current ruling criminal regime is destroying the foundations of civilization, and after the current civilization has reached its deserved fate, a new civilization must be allowed to emerge and flourish, free from its parasitic rulers of the past. 2. How would you put that in relation to being a member of a militia? The most dedicated of the militias are Revolutionists. They recognize as enemies the current regime, and view the current situation as being in a war from which no quarter will be asked nor given. 3. How would you describe a militia? There are so many of them, each distinguished by their own characteristics. I distinguish them by their organizational structure, as opposed to ideology, which runs the spectrum from moderate to what is called the 'extreme' right wing. One is the open public type militia, composed of middle-class white suburbanites worried about what the future holds. Such militias are on the decline as a result of of the government's infiltrating them with agents provacateur, public vilification of their really innocent peaceful aims and concerns, plus their own inherent tendencies towards moderation, compromise and toleration of evil. The militia organization on the rise is the "cell," which is composed of from 3 to 5 members in an ideological cell and larger or smaller in the case of family cells. The family cells are interested mainly in survival. The ideological cells, due to their determination and tight-knit organization, are essentially undetectable and can strike at will. 4. How did you decide to join a militia? Because I determined that the this country no longer deserved to exist as presently governed. Fifteen years ago I was a supporter of the government; I even served for two years in a nuclear missle battallion in Germany. But as a result of injustices committed against my family by the current regime, and as a result of legal battles initiated against me by the local political establishment, when the first rumblings of the militia movement came to a head throughout the country as a result of Waco, around summer 1994, I gravitated towards it as a natural member and eventual leader. 5. How is the militia, in which you are a member, different from other militias? The concept of "leaderless resistance" impels each of us to use our talents to the best use. My talents in writing and political activity has impelled me to be active in the use of those talents. So as I look at it, my job is to attack the current regime's legitimacy, propose how the post-regime world should look like, and bait it legally wherever possible. Essentially my job is to destroy the foundations of the current order and to pour new foundations for post-revolutionary society. All Resistance organizations should be divided into a open political and propaganda wing and an action wing. I myself am in the open political activity wing and must by definition not be involved in or know the action arm's activities. 6. Do you believe that militias influence society? Yes, because they are the crystals around which opposition will be formed and grown. But the type I know the best would not change in any way the course of society as it is headed because they approve of the destiny of the current order and would not change it in any way. 7. How would you describe the "typical" member of the group? Survivalists. They are no longer trying to change the world, they just want to see it through. (Pun intended.) 8. Could you describe the major issues facing your group? It used to be whether or not to be an "open" militia or not back in late '94 or early '95. The OKC bombing and consequent campaign of vilification caused the survivalists to go back underground and the open militia advocates to separate. The open militia suburban types disappeared and went back to ineffective and sporadic right-wing political activity with the US Taxpayer Party or Perot activists or have disappeared altogether. 9. Do you feel that members of your group all agree on major issues? There is no debate in a Resistance cell. The members are there because of their close ties of kinship or ideology. There may be minor quibbles over tactical issues, but in such a small organizations there is usually an undisputed leader who governs by consensus. 10. How does the group decide to communicate information to the general public? By the use of WWW pages and e-mail, one of which you saw. I have no doubt that government agencies view my WWW page to see what is the militant slant for today. With the availability of anonymous e-mail, it is now possible for messages to be sent to the major news media as secondary outlets. 11. If it is necessary to dispense information quickly which media is the most effective? E-mail. E-mail to journalists, reporters, political WWW pages. E-mail to milita members and their above-ground organizations. 12. How would you describe the newspaper industry? As an industry. While some of my Christian Identity colleagues call it them "the Jewspapers," reality dictates that the newspapers are the most credible seeming and thoroughly perused of the mass media. By virtue of its print medium, the newspapers can cover a subject (if they choose to do so) more thoroughly than any other of the other mass mediums. 13. How would you describe television? As not capable of any detailed look at anything because of its very nature. Its sheer power and superficiality ensure its hostility to any militia message. Even a sound byte will be doctored if a militiaman says it. In April 1995, a few days after the OKC bombing, a local TV station was desperate to interview a local militiaman. Like an idiot I agreed. I talked with one particular lying bitch for 45 minutes and was reduced to 20 seconds of speaking disjointedly with my words imposed upon a picture of a smoking OKC federal building. I nearly got kicked out of the local militia because of some scared militia generals thinking I made them look bad. Now they are gone and I am still here. The station kicked out the lying heifer because she got caught lying and was an embarrassment about 6 months later. 14. How would you describe the Internet? As the most effective medium for the modern militiaman. You can use it for command communication and control (C3) of far flung units, as a means of infiltrating and spying on your enemies, and as a publications and propaganda mill using the World Wide Web. A year and a half ago, I was asking that every militia unit or its communications officer get e-mail for communications purposes. Eight months to half a year ago I was asking that every open militia unit set up its WWW page. And it has come to pass, not because people listened to me, but because every remaining open militia organization seen the value of such a policy or policies. 15. Which of these is most effective? By far the Internet. As I said to MSNBC journalist Alan Boyle (http://www.msnbc.com/news/8029.asp) "It was the Internet which made the Militia Movement roar." Far more than even the crack of the Chinese-made SKS rifles, which are the standard rifles used by militiamen. 16. Which of these is least effective? Television. One has no control over that one-eyed monster of such incredible power. For example, last week ABC News had an hour long program concerning The Order. Nobody except the ones who narked or professed remorse were allowed on the program. No David Lane, who was railroaded using triple jeopary charges was interviewed. Morris Dees, a Southern Poverty Law pimp and confidence man was trotted out to declaim about the awful extremist movement. Dees shows up at every TV gathering to rustle up money from the liberal establishment to fight us awful militiamen. What really annoyed me for its awful dishonesty was a segment wherein Louis Beam was tricked out to appear like an Adolf Hitler look-alike under the tag "Radical Right Leader." Well, I have corresponded with Mr. Beam and saw his famous speech "Enemies of the State" at Estes Park in 1992, and I disapprove of the TV hatchet job on what seems to be a man of humility. Mr. Beam is recognized by friend and foe alike as being one of the most intelligent and effective of the Resistance leaders. Whatever happened to giving even the devil his due? I call what ABC "News" did as a sweatily dishonest act of cynical propaganda, beyond the pale of what Resistance propagandists should do, even for our cause. If we were to gain a well-deserved reputation for dishonesty then our cause would be crippled. Let the government and press lie; we should be known as being either honest or silent. 17. How would you describe journalists? In relationship to militias? Profoundly hostile to our cause. Leftists to start, they go through j-skule and learn to cater to the whims of their left-wing Marxist j-skule professors, and then to try getting a job catering to their bosses in corporate Amerika. Even the most "conservative right wing" journalists are to our eyes fraudulent appeasers. This is why it is sometimes better to talk to unknown left-wing journalists because there is so little commonality there that they have no choice other than to quote you accurately. 18. How would you describe their job function? To filter the "news" and display the "news" in a way which serves their masters. 19. How do you decide which of these sources of information should be used to distribute information? You have hit the key question. It is a matter of usage between journalists and their subjects. Journalists use their subjects. Subjects use journalists. Knowing this reality in advance prevents misunderstandings. It is primarily a matter of power and control between journalist and subject as to what version of the "truth" will come out. Some militiamen choose not to play such a game. Others like to gamble and hope to win at the long odds. I look at it as a game, like lawsuits and war, which must be played or else you lose by default. The means I prefer to use, the WWW page, is absolutely under my control. I determine the content. The WWW page is always ready to speak whenever and whatever I choose to speak. It is a medium which favors the most intelligent individual as opposed to a committee of dullards. A level of intelligence is by definition an individual thing, not an additive function favoring the collective. Therefore it gives me an unassailable advantage. The commentary I hear concerning my WWW page is not its content, it is the fact that I am not producing even more free quality content. Additionally, once established, a WWW page acts as a magnet for the type of people you wish to attract. While I have no doubt that my WWW page attracts snooping feds interested in what I will say next, the vast majority of people reading are fellow travellors or the curious. E-mail can be used to for quick, easy communication. It is far more common than even WWW pages. While this medium is notorious for its frequent false alerts and flame-wars, still it is unequalled for quick secure inexpensive communications. Also, e-mail can be used for intelligence gathering and political espionage if desired. It can generate both information and misinformation. See my "Resistance Computer Communications" article in Modern Militiaman Issue #6 for more details. 20. When using these different media, do you treat them differently one from the other? Yes, of course. They are so much different in every single way. They are tools to be used to generate political power, if you know how to use such tools. --Martin Lindstedt Director of Political Communications 7th Missouri Militia http://www.mo-net.com/~mlindste/index.html http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/1076 ---------------------------------------* Marie Curkan-Flanagan Ph.D. Student University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Communication email@example.com ---------------------------------------*.
Mr. Lindstedt, Thank you so very much for your participation and your candor. Because good research requires the researcher to remain objective during the collection of the data I was not at liberty to give your more background. Now that you have been so frank I want to let you know that I am a 20 year veteran of the news industry, and I couldn't AGREE with you more. My husband is a 25 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served 2 tours in Vietnam, he is an avid hunter and we have weapons in our home. Our children have been trained to respect and use these weapons. NO, not as the media would have you believe, my husband is not crazy...nor is he a fanatic. I retired, as a journalist, 4 years ago specifically because I was so very, very tired of working for and with people who had lost their sense of decency, honesty, pride and genuine love of country and home. I also retired because I felt I needed to get into education. Perhaps, if we get the kids just entering the industry and teach them values and a sense of ethics....things might change. I certainly plan to do my very, very best to make them change. It's also fair to tell you that because of my views, I too have become, and am earning a reputation as a revolutionary. I wear the "Scarlet Letter" with pride. Again, thank you very, very much. Sincerely, Marie ---------------------------------------* Marie Curkan-Flanagan Ph.D. Student University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Communication (423)/521-6184 firstname.lastname@example.org ---------------------------------------* Thanks for the information in reply, Marie. I wish you luck in your re-education efforts, although I think it is way too late to turn things around at this late date. Still, I understand the necessity and value of your efforts. If you do not strive then you lose by default. I had a number of reasons for my candor, not least because when you are a writer and propagandist honesty is indeed the best policy. By maintaining a partition between the propaganda and action arms of the Resistance, candor can be achieved, and truth disseminated. I will send this reply to all the other militia organizations to whom I sent your initial questionnaire and my reply. Some of them thought I might be communicating with a clueless left-wing j-skule graduate student or an FBI agent provacateur. While your reply will not satisfy the clinically paranoid (who indeed have their reasons), it should be viewed by those who have their Resistance cell house in order as an opportunity. Sincerely yours, --Martin Lindstedt.
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