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The Militia of Montana speaks out on terrorism in America

NOXON, MONTANA – “I’ve got the script to the planet,” John Trochmann said. “We’re the players and the planet’s the stage.”

    John Trochmann is a cofounder of the Militia of Montana (MOM), based in Noxon, and the script he’s talking about is a military field manual he said was put out by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1993. He called it “a manual for taking over the nation.” It’s identified as FM 41-10, or “Civil Affairs Operations.” On the photocopy of the front cover he slid across the table to me it is written, “Distribution authorized to U.S. Government agencies only to protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination under the International Exchange Program or by other means,” and “Destruction Notice: Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document.”

    What could possibly be contained in this document that the government does not want anyone else to see? According to Trochmann, it’s the plan for how the government is systematically dismantling the freedoms Americans have won over the years, beginning with the American Revolution. It starts with planting the seeds of dissatisfaction with political, economic, social and administrative establishments and culminates in large-scale guerilla warfare.

    Along the way, as outlined in a pyramid-like chart that comes from this manual, claims Trochmann, there will be “increased agitation, unrest, disaffection” and “distrust of established institutions. Administration, police, military and national organizations will be “infiltrated by foreign organizers and advisors and by foreign propaganda, material, money, weapons and equipment.” The purpose, asserts Trochmann, is to bring down the American system of government - of the people and by the people - in favor of a one-world government. To do so, Trochmann says the architects of this new global government are using fear as a major tactic.

    “Fear pulls our strings. Force pulls their strings.

    “The government thinks we have too much freedom,” Trochmann stated. “There are those who dislike the Second Amendment first and the First Amendment second (the rights to keep and bear arms and to freedom of speech).

    “If you have ill plans for a group of people, you make sure they can’t retaliate.” The people with ill plans for this nation, he said, want to “bring about a new form of government to America,” which includes “corporate rule.”

    The attack on the World Trade Center, he argues, is just one of the actions these people have used to elevate the sense of insecurity among Americans, and thus cultivate a national atmosphere conducive to the enactment of new laws, even if they curtail freedoms ensured by the Constitution. Trochmann believes the attack on the World Trade Center, not only on September 11, 2001, but also in 1993 (the World Trade Center bombing incident) and other terrorist-linked activities in this nation (i.e. Oklahoma City, `95; and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, 2000), were orchestrated by the federal government.

    Regarding Oklahoma City, Trochmann wrote in a recent issue of Taking Aim, the newsletter of the Militia of Montana, “In order for us to understand the motives and players involving terrorism and its affects on America’s future, it will be necessary to revisit this most repugnant subject; (the) Oklahoma City massacre and the federal footprints left behind.”

    Asked if he believes this is a conspiracy at the highest levels of government, Trochmann said he considers this to be “a collusion of fact.”

    “Who stands to gain from a crime?” he asked. “When analyzing a crime, figure out who stands to gain from it. How does the Arab world benefit from terrorism in New York City?” His unspoken answer to that question, which he posed himself, was clearly this: They don’t. The federal government does.

    For instance, Trochmann noted, in 1994 there was an anti-terrorism bill going nowhere in Congress. Then the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed and the bill immediately passed. Domestic terrorists were blamed for the tragedy and MOM was associated with domestic terrorism by the national media in subsequent news reports. For three weeks following that incident more than 300 national and international news people descended on the tiny town of Noxon, as rumor had it law enforcement might raid the Trochmann residence.

    Now in the wake of the latest attacks, a new anti-terrorism bill and the so-called U.S. Patriot bill (U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2001) have been passed, a homeland security bill has passed, and Trochmann says a national ID card system is in the works. The new legislation permits the government to tap into computers, telephones and fax lines for security reasons on a broader scale than ever before. “They must want into the mail, too,” Trochmann said. “Anthrax is part of the collusion.” In addition, President Bush recently authorized allowing federal agents to eavesdrop on certain lawyer-client conversations, a regulation which covers not only aliens, but citizens, even those neither charged with crimes nor convicted of them. Congress has not authorized this action.

    The purpose behind this, Trochmann explained, is the dissembling of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. “We believe the Constitution is the job description for public service,” he said, “and the Bill of Rights is the perimeter, the fence, around it. It says the government can’t go beyond this line.

    “Government has crossed the line. ‘Shall not be infringed’ -  what part of these words do they not understand?”

    What about those who have been linked to or identified as responsible (and tried and convicted in some cases) for acts of terror on American soil? “McVeigh and bin Laden are both villains taken off the shelf” by federal officials colluding to bring down America as scapegoats for these actions, Trochmann said.

    “I don’t think it’s a conspiracy. It’s a collusion of fact. They are colluding together to accomplish a goal.” The goal, according to MOM, is a new form of government in America. When asked who the players are in this collusion, Trochmann answered, “Maybe it’s better well asked who are the actors?” Though he believes many high ranking government officials, beginning with the President, are among the players, there are exceptions. “Reagan was an actor (and I don’t think Trochmann meant Hollywood). And son Bush was an actor who has been forced to be a colluder. He was banged around a bit in order to be made to be obedient.”

    Trochmann added, “I’d like to think most of our government is trustworthy, but look at our political parties. It’s really just two different names for the same party – twiddly-dee and twiddly-dum. Republican and Democrat.”

    Suspicions are raised, Trochmann explained, when one takes note of some activities that took place before two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center. He says that three weeks before the attack, the Department of Defense sent 20,000 body bags to Floyd Bennett Field, what he called a military base in Queens.

    “They didn’t have as high a body count as they thought,” Trochmann said wryly. (According to the website for Floyd Bennett Field, it was formerly a Naval Air Station that was decommissioned in 1971 “The field was turned over to the Interior Department for inclusion into the Gateway National Recreation Area,” it says. “The Coast Guard and New York City Police Aviation Unit are all that are left flying at the field and they are restricted to helicopters.”)

    Two weeks prior to September 11, Trochmann pointed out an FBI retiree took charge of security at the World Trade Center and just 12 hours before, he said, a naval fleet steering out of Norfolk, VA into the Atlantic was called back to the East coast. Somebody knew something was going to happen before it happened, and they knew where, Trochmann indicated.

    What happens next? Trochmann is reluctant to say, but he pointed to a photocopy of an article he said appeared in a French publication last summer entitled, “U.S. lawmakers warned of ‘dark winter’ in case of bio-terrorist attack.” The opening sentence states, “A chilling scenario of possible national collapse was presented Monday to U.S. lawmakers by a group of prominent security experts, who warned that a biological terrorist attack on U.S. soil could bring the country to the brink of disintegration.” The article is dated July 23, 2001. This news story also appeared in publications such as Newsweek and Time.

    Though the anthrax scare could be said to fit this dire prediction, Trochmann doesn’t think so. He says the anthrax cannot be passed from one human to another, and so would serve as a poor biological terror agent. The real threat, he claims, will be smallpox. A panel of over a dozen experts, which included former Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre and Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, tried to contain a simulated smallpox attack in a computer simulation this June. They failed- over one million people died in the simulation within three months.

     “The game starts with a brief television report that about two dozen people checked into an Oklahoma City hospital with an unidentified illness. Doctors soon find the patients have smallpox, a highly contagious and deadly disease unseen in the United States since 1949,” said Trochmann. Americans have not been vaccinated against smallpox since the ‘70s, and immunity only lasts about 20 years.

    The scenario goes on to describe how the nation is plunged into anarchy and martial law and includes a comment from  Congressman Benjamin Gilman (R): “Sadly, events of the last few years, with bombings...in New York and Oklahoma City, have transformed the bio-terrorism debate from a question of ‘if’ to the seeming inevitability of ‘when.’”

    Another target of terrorist attacks are hydroelectric generating facilities – dams. Trochmann says he has been made aware of evidence indicating the likelihood that American dams are in imminent danger. Interestingly enough, a news story in a daily newspaper recently said that Montana Governor Judy Martz was informed that a dam in her state qualifies for round-the-clock security because of the terrorist threat, though the story did not identify the dam.

    The question that keeps coming up is who is behind the acts and threats of terrorism? In Taking Aim, Trochmann quoted from a book written by a man said to have been a former Pentagon arms salesman named Colonel Don de Grand Pre. “My friends, we are at war...and have been since 1933. The major problem is we don’t realize it. And we are losing...not only the war, but our country. We now must define that enemy within, his history, his tactics and his techniques, chief among them being mass manipulation, coupled to physical and psychological acts of terror. The enemy within now dominates six of the seven M’s – Money, Media, Markets, Medical, Mind, Morals. He desperately needs the seventh M – Muscle – embodied in our military and its primary function, to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    “So how did we ever get to this point folks?” wrote Trochmann in a subsequent issue of Taking Aim. “A government run amuck. There are at least 72 gun-toten Federal Agencies in the U.S. now, all trained in the ways of global governance. Trained to kill for their green god. Will they? They already have and ‘We The People’ didn’t do a doggone thing about it, yet.”

    The colluders in government, however, do not rest in their efforts to undermine the Constitution, Trochmann maintains. Ironically, he points out, American taxpayers are footing the bill. He quotes Thomas Paine: “Government, in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one, for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government which we might expect in a country without a government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

    I asked John Trochmann to explain how he viewed America and what it means to be an American. He replied, “America means having the freedom to raise my family uninhibited; to be able to offer them at least the kind of future I had before me when I came into this world. Being an American should mean what it says in Article 4 of the Bill of Rights: ‘to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure.’

    “I don’t recall ever speaking badly about America. I remember talking badly about some of her civil servants that disobey the law. But if I’m going to talk bad about my country, why would I take the time to rally the cause for militias before the Senate, and how could I possibly get invited to speak at universities across the land?

    “Because of lies put out by the mainstream media, they have endangered our lives.”

    The lies Trochmann speaks to are those that call him a domestic terrorist. He would call himself a defender of the Constitution, even though a copy of a flyer he supplied identifies “defenders of the U.S. Constitution against federal government and the U.N. (Super Patriots)” as “Right-Wing Extremists.” The flyer is supposedly a product of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and is for the purpose of assisting “uniformed patrol officers in identifying potential domestic terrorism” and to “identify criminal activities with domestic terrorists.”

    Is Osama bin Laden to blame for the attack on the World Trade Center four months ago? Trochmann’s reply to that is, “If we blame the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, look at our own history. We trained him.”


    This story was written based on an interview with John Trochmann on December 3rd in Noxon. Following standard TRJ practice, Trochmann was given the opportunity to review this story to verify that the information it contains accurately reflects what he had to say.The River Journal requested this interview after seeing the Militia of Montana and Trochmann’s name in a news story that appeared in a local daily paper several weeks after the attack on the World Trade Center. The context of the reference was domestic terrorism. The Militia of Montana, made up of two local families, is routinely referred to as a domestic terrorist organization by the national media.

    We at The River Journal offer no opinion in this matter. By printing this article, we in no way espouse support for nor endorse the beliefs expressed here by Mr. Trochmann. This has been written and published for personal and public enlightenment regarding one man’s view of the terrorist threat facing our nation today.

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Dennis Nicholls Dennis Nicholls was the founder, publisher, janitor and paperboy of the River Journal from 1993 to 2001. He passed away in 2009.

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