Cops bust anarchist terror cell suspected of murdering two people, plotting bombings

posted at 9:39 pm on August 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Ace. Usually when a fledgling terror cell is broken up, there’s something in the details you can cling to if you want to pretend that things weren’t as dangerous as they seemed. Either the FBI caught the plotters early, maybe even before they’d bought weapons, or the cell had little money with which to operate or the plotters’ commitment to following through seemed uncertain, half real and half fantasy.

None of that applies here. If the allegations are true, you’ve got a group with military training, ample financial means, and enough drive to see this through that they’ve already killed two, and possibly as many as four, people. The ringleader sounds like a genuine psychopath. Oh — and apparently, the cops don’t know how many members are still out there.

Ace wants the death penalty for them, as do I. A waking nightmare:

Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group of active and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components. They allege the group was serious enough to kill two people — former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York — by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret…

Pauley said Aguigui funded the militia using $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the death of his pregnant wife a year ago. Aguigui was not charged in his wife’s death, but Pauley told the judge her death was “highly suspicious.”

In a videotaped interview with military investigators, Pauley said, Aguigui called himself “the nicest cold-blooded murderer you will ever meet.” He used the Army to recruit militia members, who wore distinctive tattoos that resemble an anarchy symbol, she said. Prosecutors say they have no idea how many members belong to the group…

The prosecutor said the militia group had big plans. It plotted to take over Fort Stewart by seizing its ammunition control point and talked of bombing the Forsyth Park fountain in nearby Savannah, she said. In Washington state, she added, the group plotted to bomb a dam and poison the state’s apple crop. Ultimately, prosecutors said, the militia’s goal was to overthrow the government and assassinate the president.

One strange, fascinating detail to this horror show: Aguigui, who allegedly founded and led the militia and supposedly ordered the killings of Roark and his girlfriend, is a 19-year-old private. One of his henchmen is a 25-year-old sergeant. I don’t pretend to understand the psychological dynamics of terror cells but it strikes me as unusual that a soldier of low rank would be able to convince a superior to not only join his gang but to obey his orders, even to the point of murder. The bit in the excerpt about Aguigui using the Army to recruit members is ominous too. Did he join the Army in earnest and then come up with the idea for the militia or did he join the Army in the first place only so that he could recruit people for his true passion? If the latter, that’s a remarkable degree of cunning in service to a remarkably evil end for someone so young. And the fact that he was able to pull it off makes it only that much more amazing. What exactly are we dealing with here?

Exit question: Did I misunderstand something in the story or are the feds basically not involved? It sounds like it’s all being handled by Georgia authorities, with information being shared with the DOJ. Did the FBI miss this plot somehow? If so, it’s an awfully big one to miss.


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A quick perusal of the decorations at Forsyth Park via Google indicates that, in addition to the fountain, there a monument called “The Confederate Memorial” stands at the center of the park, as well as the Spanish American War Memorial.

If I were to guess at the politics of these guys, I’d say that they are of the extreme politics of people that might want to blow up either a Confederate monument or one commemorating veterans of the Spanish American War.

Hmm.

unclesmrgol on August 28, 2012 at 1:08 AM

‘but it strikes me as unusual that a soldier of low rank ‘

Silly Eeyore, Hitler was a Corporal. Napolean came from a lowely Corsican House. Most coup leaders are passed-over Colonels and their jr lieutenant sycophants. Meglomaniacs don’t usually arise from thin air. They start as people who feel they are passed over, ignored. Their anger builds, their rationalizations spiral up, they write manifestos and enlist followers. Then they strike.

rayra on August 28, 2012 at 1:12 AM

but it strikes me as unusual that a soldier of low rank ‘

Silly Eeyore, Hitler was a Corporal. Napolean came from a lowely Corsican House. Most coup leaders are passed-over Colonels and their jr lieutenant sycophants. Meglomaniacs don’t usually arise from thin air. They start as people who feel they are passed over, ignored. Their anger builds, their rationalizations spiral up, they write manifestos and enlist followers. Then they strike.

rayra on August 28, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Sorry, every junior enlisted member makes it to the rank of E-4 (Specialist) without any extra effort. You don’t get passed over until you try to get beyond that.

Logboy on August 28, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Plus, the murder was the only crime they actually COMMITTED.

As for the apple-poisoning and President assassinating, etc., etc., etc…. Just TALKING about stuff like that may violate some military codes, but it’s not much of a crime unless they actually take some coherent steps toward enacting their “goals,” if that word can even be applied to any of this.

That may not be true…

A conspiracy to commit a crime IS a crime and requires only one overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.

If they had actually purchased explosives and firearms a jury might well find that the procurement of such items was an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.

CalFed on August 28, 2012 at 3:09 AM

As a jarhead, I feel obligated to add: WTH, Army? Why do all your peeps require others (Timothy McVeigh)? At least our jackwagons can do it themselves (Lee Harvey Oswald).

I get this comment is in bad taste. Lighten up, Francis. Men steeped in the art of killing each other often find humor in the blackest of places.

flashoverride on August 28, 2012 at 4:25 AM

In a videotaped interview with military investigators, Pauley said, Aguigui called himself “the nicest cold-blooded murderer you will ever meet.” He used the Army to recruit militia members, who wore distinctive tattoos that resemble an anarchy symbol, she said. Prosecutors say they have no idea how many members belong to the group…

It’s not a case of “the Army” but of a charismatic psycho who did was charismatic psychos do: they look for, seek out, oppotunties and tools by which they can victmize others

Agigui: where’s he from? I didn’t read any background details about the guy but I’d be interested in reading how it came to be that he was in the Army in the first place (but it’s obvious why he was).

It’s why psychos can be charismati: they flatter and convince others to function as among the tools the psycho needs to accomplish their mayhem. Human beings are “just tools” to them, same as other weapons, so they do what they need to do to get others engaged to help them or do their deeds for them (like Manson, among so many others).

Rather than call this a “militia” — which serves a Leftwing purpose, unfortunately — it seems its more like a crime syndicate or crime-wave by a crazy group.

Unless there are related “organizations” or tangents of Agigui’s group identified, this seems to be a hyperactivaion of the “fear of veterans…militias movements” thing.

Lourdes on August 28, 2012 at 5:52 AM

If I were to guess at the politics of these guys, I’d say that they are of the extreme politics of people that might want to blow up either a Confederate monument or one commemorating veterans of the Spanish American War.

Hmm.

unclesmrgol on August 28, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Yes, I agree.

Lourdes on August 28, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Gawker has an article that says the leader was a page at the 2008 GOP Convention.
http://gawker.com/5938288/leader-of-army-plot-to-assassinate-obama-apparently-attended-the-2008-republican-convention-as-a-page

GW_SS-Delta on August 27, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I’d treat anything from Gawker as unreliable or at best unreliably rooted in damaging innuendo: “unname sources told us…” and such.

Gawker’s not a friendly.

Lourdes on August 28, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Gawker has an article that says the leader was a page at the 2008 GOP Convention.
http://gawker.com/5938288/leader-of-army-plot-to-assassinate-obama-apparently-attended-the-2008-republican-convention-as-a-page

GW_SS-Delta on August 27, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Ouch. If that’s legit, the major news channels will be all over the story tomorrow morning. That’s way more of a direct connection than most of these cases.

AngusMc on August 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Leftmedia, I guarantee, will avoid the reality of the details:

Question – why hunt ducks in Minnesota?

Answer – because that’s where the ducks are.

Psychos go where they have determined there’s pickings to be had, they’re in search of those opportunities to victimize.

But of course trash like Gawker will be pushing the wrong interpretation of that

Lourdes on August 28, 2012 at 6:11 AM

What I’ve long hated about anarchists is the cowardly mindset to demand the right of speech and protection under our laws for their activities; all the while they’d seek to deprive society of theirs, to include life and limb.

These are not good people or patriots by any stretch of the imagination. I think everyone of their bandana wearing muggs should be exposed. And they make up a good deal of the population of OWS crowds.

hawkdriver on August 28, 2012 at 6:19 AM

F.E.A.R. L.O.S.E.R.S.

albill on August 28, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Exit answer: Scary stuff, indeed. The DOJ was busy elsewhere suing states and hiding behind executive privilege. You know – important stuff.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 28, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I’m not trying to defend these scumbags in any way, shape or form but it seems to me that the prosecutor is stretching the truth of how dangerous these people were. For starters I’d like to see some evidence that the ringleader was somehow involved in the his wife’s death before she goes and tells a judge that it was “highly suspicious”. Did she actually investigate it? Has she any evidence that he was involved?

Four guys were arrested- and while there may be more members of this gang out there (how hard will it be for the Army to identify men who carry this group’s tattoo?) I doubt very much if any of their plans would ever have been carried out-

1. Taking over Ft Stewart
2. Bombing a fountain
3. Bomb a dam
4. Poison the whole state’s apple crop
5. Overthrow the government and assassinate the President

These have to be some of the craziest plans I’ve ever heard- blow up a park fountain and poison an entire state’s apple crop? And that leads to the overthrow of the government how?

Chances are every single member of the group would have been killed or arrested if they attempted to carry out step 1. I’m not saying they weren’t dangerous (clearly they deserve to be locked away for the despicable murder of a former soldier and his girlfriend)- just that they didn’t pose as much of a threat as is being made out.

Jay Mac on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Eloquent, just eloquent. Dick.

JackieB on August 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Drink much? Think much? Don’t be a dick much?

JackieB on August 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Obsess much? Phallic reference much? Project much?

AubieJon on August 28, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Gawker has an article that says the leader was a page at the 2008 GOP Convention.
http://gawker.com/5938288/leader-of-army-plot-to-assassinate-obama-apparently-attended-the-2008-republican-convention-as-a-page

GW_SS-Delta on August 27, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Ouch. If that’s legit, the major news channels will be all over the story tomorrow morning. That’s way more of a direct connection than most of these cases.

AngusMc on August 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM


…yea…and John Wayne Gacy was a big time Union organizer, leader,and democratic activist.

………Al Gore was best buddies with the Westboro crowd.

………………….and Obama spent 20 years arm in arm with Rev. Wright and started his political career in the living room of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers……

…………..Obama and the democratic party support the violent OWS 100%.

Funny how leftist connections to violent crime and murder are always “meaningless connections”……

Baxter Greene on August 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Aguigui’s wife died of pulmonary embolism while pregnant. That doesn’t immediately jump out as a suspicious death.

SarahW on August 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

He was at the convention as a page. A kiddiewink. Kids don’t get that unless they have connections (family, high ranking family friend) in the party, but it really really doesn’t have much to do with his political outlook.

SarahW on August 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

GOP page? Gimme a break. These guys are pikers compared to what the Dhimmicrats are actively embracing at their convention.

Akzed on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

So they’re gonna practice anarchy by killing some apple trees in Washington? lol

dahni on August 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Two facts left out of this ‘article’:
1. These four were arrested Dec 11, 2011 for the murders of Roark and his girlfriend on Dec 5, 2011. Read the article closely, all the information is from the PVT (Bennett) who is on trial for two murders and turned against the others. It was the prosecutor who claims that Aguigui’s Army soldier wife’s death ‘is suspicious.’
and
2. Why is this breaking news on the day that the GOP convention was supposed to open? Simply because the alleged ringleader may have been a page at the 2008 GOP convention?
We have had 40 months of unemployment above 8%, the Debt is mounting hourly, the Deficit is going to threaten and weaken American citizen’s lifestyles for decades to come – and this is breaking news? A bunch of violent Army soldiers who claim they murdered a friend and his girlfriend to hide a militia – of 4 to 6 people?
Excuse me, if I prefer to deal in facts, reality and common sense.

jackal40 on August 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

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