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