Armed & Dangerous: Indiana

Indianapolis is the home base of Linda Thompson, an influential figure in the militia movement nationally. Thompson is a lawyer and chairman of the American Justice Federation, which describes itself as “a group dedicated to stopping the New World Order and getting the truth out to the American public.” Thompson claims to have contact with militias in all 50 states. She appears frequently at militia gatherings and gun shows, to lecture and sell her videos “Waco, The Big Lie,” and “Waco II – The Big Lie Continues.” The latter, she claims, “proves conclusively the government murdered 100 men, women and children at Mt. Carmel in April, 1993.” She also sells other propaganda material such as “The Traitor Files,” which purport to link “Bill and Hillary Clinton to a Marxist-Terrorist network.”

On July 13, 1991, Thompson was arrested in Indianapolis for using her vehicle to block a bus carrying supporters of President Clinton’s health care plan. She was charged with obstructing traffic. At the time of her arrest police officers seized from her person a .45-caliber pistol and a .22-caliber Derringer pistol. They also found in her vehicle an assault rifle with 295 rounds of ammunition. Her case is pending.

Thompson’s most ambitious undertaking to date was a planned militia march on Washington. D.C., on September 19, 1994, where an ultimatum was to be delivered to the government. The ultimatum commanded members of Congress to initiate legislation that would, among other things, repeal the 14th, 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution. and the Brady Law and NAFTA. Designating herself “Acting Adjutant General.” of the “Unorganized Militia of the United States.” Thompson ordered all participants to come “armed and in uniform.” She announced that, besides delivering the ultimatum, “The militia will arrest Congressmen who have failed to uphold their oaths of office, who will then be tried for Treason by citizens courts.”

Realizing after several months that support for her march was lacking, Thompson called it off, yet her standing in the militia movement apparently remains undiminished.

The John Birch Society, troubled about Thompson’s influence on its members and staff, found it necessary to warn them against her. On May 12, 1994. the Society, issued an official “admonition to all members and a directive to all employees” to “stay clear of her schemes.” They said: “Linda Thompson’s call for the arrest in September of members of Congress and the President of the United States by an armed militia is not just insane, it is contrary to all understanding of the nature and identity of the enemy.” It appears that even by the standards of the John Birch Society, Thompson is too radical.

Meanwhile, Thompson continues to appear at rallies and conferences around the country, and on radio, promoting the militia cause and calling down thunder upon the American government and its law enforcement agencies.

A rally to form a militia in Indianapolis took place in September 1994, at a union hall in the south central part of the city. In attendance were some 200 persons, filling the hall to capacity, while an overflow crowd was turned away.

A smaller militia is believed to be functioning in Switzerland County, in eastern Indiana. The county, long plagued by extremist activity, has been the home base of the Northwest Territory Knights of the KKK. a Klan splinter group.