The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 10
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AID SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T CRIME Disenchanted militiaman tipped FBI Feds round up militia in West Virginia that talked of bombing FBI complex By The Associated Press CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Leaders of the West Virginia Mountaineer Militia were suspicious that federal authorities knew of their plans to blow up three federal buildings. They even ordered one member to remove his shirt one day to prove that he wasn't wearing a wire. They asked on the wrong day, according to court documents. The member was an informant who had been secretly recording members conspiring to destroy the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division complex in Clarksburg, about 80 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two other government buildings in West Virginia, the documents say. T AGRICULTURE The information he provided led to the arrest Friday of seven men linked to the militia on conspiracy charges. They were being held Saturday pending detention hearings this week. The informant had gone to the FBI 16 months ago after becoming disenchanted with the group's activities, which included .making and testing home-made explosives, U.S. Attorney William D. Wilmoth said Saturday. At least one militia member, according to the informant, believed the FBI complex contained a clandestine operation that might be a command center when the government turned against the people under the "new world order," according to court documents. Prosecutors do not believe the alleged conspiracy was linked to anti-government groups in other states. "I don't want it to appear to be some nationwide conspiracy or anything more grave than the charging documents show. As far as we could tell, it was localized," Wilmoth said. The Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which opened last year, houses fingerprint records the FBI has collected from police departments nationwide. The $200 million center eventually will use computer programs to convert fingerprints into electronic images, enabling the FBI to perform fingerprint checks in a matter of hours instead of weeks. Wilmoth said the disenchanted militia member approached federal authorities last year and offered his assistance. He then provided crucial information about Fred Moore, 52, who was familiar with producing bombs from ammonium nitrate, and chemical engineer Jack Arland Phillips, 57, who said he could produce plastic explosives, court documents said. Moore boasted that he was working on a fuel-air bomb that could devastate an area the size of two football fields and also indicated he had successfully produced a grenade-like device, the documents said. He demonstrated how to make bombs once during militia training exercises on a 600- acre farm, with one mixture he concocted leaving a 4-foot-deep crater, according to an FBI affidavit. Moore's closest neighbor said he had become accustomed to hearing explosions. "The first time I was worried. But out here, if one man wants to shoot, that's his business. It was pretty regular on Saturdays. I didn't know what he was doing," Ronald Fry said. Militia commanding general Floyd "Ray" Looker had agreed to sell for $50,000 blueprints of the FBI complex to an undercover agent posing as a broker for a fictitious Middle East terrorist group, authorities said. Farm Aid-ers: Is anybody listening? By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — While the music of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young took center stage Saturday, the Farm Aid stars hoped the voices of troubled and struggling farmers would finally be heard. Young, wearing a "Role-Hemp" T-shirt styled after the Republican presidential ticket's logo, said he's annoyed that family farmers face the same problems they did 11 years ago, when he founded the benefit show with Nelson and Mellencamp. "We've been here 10 years now and we've got it down to 500 (failed farms) a week," Young said. "We've got a big problem here that we need to focus on. We need to forget about what a great thing it is for all of us to be here today." About 40,000 people attended the 12-hour concert at Williams- Brice Stadium. Nelson opened the show with a solo rendition of "The Lord's Prayer." Others stars included hometown heroes Hootie and the Blowfish, country diva Martina McBride and the Beach Boys. Before the music started, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman met with about 300 farmers from across the nation who demanded that the government do more to protect their livelihood. Many of the farmers wore "Stop Factory Farms" shirts or "FDA off the Farm" hats to protest large companies swallowing up failed farms and proposed Food and Drug Administration restrictions on tobacco sales. 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