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FBI concerned about the Y2K

Some may be calling it a non-event, but the significance of the coming of the new millennium has not been lost on the FBI, if recent events are any indication.

A USA Today story last week revealed that the FBI has been quietly warning police across the nation about possible threats posed by anti-government militias and hate organizations.

The campaign, the newspaper said, includes the national distribution of a report titled Project Megiddo in which federal authorities assess threats posed by hate groups and explain the significance of biblical

references the groups use to discuss Y2K.

The project, which is named for an ancient battleground in Israel associated with Armageddon, will be the centerpiece of an FBI seminar this month before the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Charlotte, N.C.

Unlike the rest of the meeting, the seminar will be closed to the public, a sign of how sensitive the subject of militias has become.

One workshop is titled “Millennium, militias, and mayhem: what to expect in the coming year.”

And one only has to go to the FBI’s own Web site to confirm that the subject has indeed crossed their minds. While not confirming anything, the FBI did release the following.

“For several years, the FBI has had a program of reaching out to militias

and their members to explain the FBI’s role in investigating violations of

law and to stress open lines of communication with militia groups,” reads a statement on the FBI’s Web page. “This was done also to ensure the militias that there was no intent to deny anyone their constitutional rights nor was there a targeting of any militia groups who were otherwise engaged in legitimate, protected activity.”

According to USA Today, a senior government official said the 40-page report was meant to heighten awareness among local police departments to the possibility that militias might use the new millennium as an opportunity to initiate acts of violence or general disruption.

Anti-government groups, particularly the loose network of militias, drew considerable attention after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, which killed 168 people. Convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice, Terry Nichols, shared the anti-government views of militia organizations, and Nichols attended militia meetings.

Noted survivalist guru and former American Nazi Party leader Kurt Saxon says that yes, indeed, the country is in danger from militias.

“Those people are nuts,” Saxon told The Tahoe Daily Tribune in February. “Those idiots are catering to suckers.”

But Saxon, author of the book “Can’t Trust a Patriot,” also wrote the terrorism guide “The Poor Man’s James Bond,” which includes parts about bombing gay bars and testing toxins on the homeless. It was Saxon who once told listeners on a radio show how to make a bomb and once lost five fingers while actually making a bomb. (“That People Which Eliminates Its Underclass Will Control The World And Save The Planet,” Saxon declares on his Web site.)

Saxon notes that Atlantis “sank into the ocean, throwing the outlying colonies into chaos and savagery.”

“And that could happen again (in the year 2000),” he said. “If not in this

country, then certainly overseas.”

Megiddo indeed.

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