American Terror

May 3, 1997 Colorado Springs, CO

Antigovernment extremists set fire to the IRS office in Colorado Springs, Colo., causing $2.5 million in damage and injuring a firefighter. Federal agents later arrest five men in connection with the arson, which is conceived as a protest against the tax system. Ringleader James Cleaver, former national director of the antigovernment Sons of Liberty group, is accused of threatening a witness and eventually sentenced to 33 years in prison, with a release date of 2030. Accomplice Jack Dowell receives 30 years and is scheduled to be freed in 2027. Both are ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution. Dowell’s cousin is acquitted of all charges, while two other suspects, Ronald Sherman and Thomas Shafer, plead guilty to perjury charges in connection with the case.

The Second Wave: Return of the Militias
Southern Poverty Law Center Special Report


8 Responses

  1. I thought about you when I saw this, stealth militia man.


    • Stealth? Not I! Sneaky is more like it. Stealth takes titanium and other stuff from Area 51, doncha know?


      • But I thought a sneaky one would have access to Area 51 titanium?


        • I make my own. It’s safer that way. No tracks, no trails. Except maybe for the hidden mine.


          • Oooh what hidden mine? Where?


          • I can’t tell you. It’s hidden. The cats ate my map.


            • Sure they did, stealth sneaky one.


            • No, it’s true. One of them is an informant and he informed me that the others are secret members of an opposing militia sect, call themselves the Anti-Titanites. They believe Titanium is an evil anti-cat force from Saturn, and have dedicated themselves to destroying all of it. I understand they’re working on a plan to infiltrate Area 51 and destroy all the titanium and titanium airplanes and flying saucers there. You know how mercury melts aluminum? Well, apparently cat urine melts titanium.


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