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Alaska Peacekeepers Militia leader Francis "Schaeffer" Cox is locked up in Fairbanks, Alaska, awaiting trial on state and federal charges of conspiring to murder judges and State Troopers, along with a slew of illegal weapons crimes.
Yet Cox is still having an impact on the resurgent antigovernment militia movement well beyond his home state. This coming Saturday for example, the Montana-based militia group Flathead Liberty Bell, which Cox helped get off the ground in 2009, is sponsoring a survivalist "Preparedness Expo" at the Valley Victory Church in Kalispell, Montana.
Scheduled workshops include Political Structures, Wild Foods and Herbal Remedies, Home Schooling, Animal Care, Self-Defense...and much more.
Also featured will be Special Presentations by radical right luminaries including Ruby Ridge icon Randy Weaver, who will be autographing copies of The Federal Siege at Ruby Ridge, and Stewart Rhodes, ex-Ron Paul aide and founder of the Oath Keepers, a national organization of police and soldiers who've sworn to disobey orders they deem unconstitutional.
Presumably not in attendance will be longtime Montana militia leader David Burgert, who's the subject of a state and federal manhunt after he allegedly fired shots at Missoula County deputies two days ago.
Flathead County Undersheriff Jordan White tells Media Matters that Burgert has been associating with Flathead Liberty Bell members since Burgert was released from federal prison last March.
The Flathead Liberty Bell directs prospective members to watch a video of a presentation called The Solution that Cox delivered before a December 1, 2009 militia gathering in Hamilton Montana.
"Our government is not going to hear us until we speak to them in their language, which is force," Cox said. "Now that doesn't necessarily mean violence. And don't get me wrong--I'm not against violence. I am not against violence, okay? I am not against spilling blood for freedom. I will kill for liberty. You know, everybody asks, 'Would you die for liberty?' That's not really the right question to ask. The right question to ask is, 'Would you kill for liberty?' Because if you would kill for liberty, it assumes that you would die for liberty."