APnc 05/04 0245 Separatists Meeting COHOCTAH, Mich. (AP) -- White separatist groups are di

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APnc 05/04 0245 Separatists Meeting COHOCTAH, Mich. (AP) -- White separatist groups are disorganized, so their leaders therefore can't be accused of plotting to overthrow the government, the wife of one of the arrested leaders says. But other followers agreed during a national meeting here that they would have to band together to fight the charges in federal court. The meeting was held Saturday at the home of former Michigan Ku Klux Klan leader Robert Miles, one of the 14 separatists arrested last month on sedition charges. "We can't afford it, but we don't have any choice," Stanley McCollum, Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, said of the court fight. "You do what you have to do." "This sedition situation is a trial for all of us," McCollum told supporters. "If they get convictions ... then the rest of us are left wide open. We go on. We do not hide. We do whatever is necessary to fight and win, because we have no other alternative." The meeting, scheduled before the indictments, was attended by about 50 separatists, who said they want to form their own white nation in the northwest United States. T-shirts calling for creation of a U.S. Aryan nation, books and pamphlets, Ku Klux Klan newspapers and bumper stickers that read "Free Bob Miles" were sold during the meeting. Miles did not attend the meeting. Federal officials took him Friday to Fort Smith, Ark., where he was indicted on charges of conspiring with other separatists to use violence to overthrow the federal government and replace it with an Aryan nation. Miles' wife, Dottie, called the indictments an attempt by the federal government to persecute her husband for his beliefs. She said one meeting of separatists in Idaho that was listed in the indictments had nothing to do with coordinating efforts to overthrow the government. "They were trying to get together to make a deal for paper for all of our various publications," she said. "They couldn't even make a deal with each other on that. That's the right-wing movement: They can't get together on anything. How can they conspire?" Those indicted in last month's roundup included four alleged members of The Order, a violent white supremacy group charged with violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Denver radio talk-show host, by killing him. Others have been linked to the violent Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord group in Arkansas and are accused of trying to kill an FBI agent and a federal judge who presided over a trial of CSA leaders. Last page !

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