This Highly Organized Right-Wing Militia Is an Ominous Portent

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Sometimes, you pick up a story at what used to be the back pages of a newspaper that nonetheless seems to carry the weight of ominous portent. Sometimes, these are medical stories—Ebola and whatnot. Increasingly, they have something to do with the climate crisis. And some of them start out simply weird but, the deeper you get into the story, both its darkness and its plausibility increase in tandem. This is one of those, from Vice.

The information suggests members of The Base are hiding Patrik Mathews, 26, whose whereabouts have been the focus of much speculation. Mathews allegedly crossed into the U.S. illegally from his native Manitoba with the help of the group, which has since taken steps to conceal his location. Mathews went missing after being outed as a recruiter and organizer for The Base by Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe. Federal authorities raided his home and seized multiple firearms. The former soldier was last seen by his family on August 24 with his abandoned car found less than 10 miles from the American border shortly thereafter.

Recently, an anti-racist organization in Canada heavily criticized authorities for not taking the pursuit of Mathews seriously. A 2018 VICE investigation documented the internal machinations of The Base, which is purportedly led by an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran, as members exchanged bomb-making and weapons manuals and discussed plans for future terrorist attacks.

Other information VICE has learned points to Mathews participating in a combat training camp with close to a dozen members of The Base in Georgia this fall, where he allegedly helped train other members of the group. As a combat engineer, Mathews was taught explosives and weapons skills during his career in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve at 38 Canadian Brigade Group in Winnipeg.

If this doesn’t shake you, it ought to do so. This is a level of organization beyond most of the right-wing extremist groups with which we’ve become familiar over the past 30 years or so. These guys were sharp enough to smuggle a guy out of Canada. If Vice reporting is solid, then a group of highly motivated, highly trained professional soldiers are gathering across borders and using their training to prepare for god alone knows what.

There has been a wildness in the land ever since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, which gave a focus to the inchoate rage of the old militias and white-power gangs. (Remember that the Obama administration tried to warn us that extremist groups were recruiting in the active duty military, but wounded bellowing from conservatives caused the Department of Homeland Security to run away from its own data.) If the election of Obama gave these people a focus, the election of Donald Trump has given them permission. That’s many times worse, and there is no telling how these people will react to a political setback that angers them. And, not for nothing, but it might be helpful to remember that the English translation of al Qaeda was…wait for it…The Base.

18 thoughts on “This Highly Organized Right-Wing Militia Is an Ominous Portent

  1. With some of these “militia” reports, it’s so hard to tell who’s good and who’s bad. And many militia are painted as Neo-Nazi hate groups. What if this had nothing to do with race but was really about fighting tyranny. How would we know? Jus’ askin’.


      1. ‘Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an Americans.’
        Tench Coxe

          1. ‘ Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?’

            Patrick Henry

      1. That’s probably a good yard stick. Thank you. Still, caution necessary. We never know who we’re sittin’ next to, who’s an agent, who’s a rat. Sorry state of affairs that we have to take all this into account.


    1. There is no way to really know Galen until things break loose. I can tell you this, everybody wants a change from what we have now. The rich have stolen from the middle class, they will be target number one.

      Middle class have become the new poor because of these scumbags, I would not want to be a billionaire right now.

      Middle class are hours away from a tent city the way it looks at this point. Even if you own your home, it could dissapear at the blink of an eye.

      All it takes is one financial setback, because of all the debt.

      When things get ugly, nothing is safe, nothing…

      1. Thanks, Mark. So long at fever-pitch. Feels like things are about to burst. It’s almost like mourning the death of the middle class, the death of the-salt-of-the-earth, where pride is taken in making life better, where cooperation fosters trust. All they give us now is STRUGGLE.

        What a time to call on inner strength, and to be fortified in training and supplies. I wish I was 30 again.


  2. Militia is the only force recognized by our Bill of Rights

    No police , no ICE , No CIA , no FIB’s etc

    Only the Militia

      1. What the hell is with all this FKg eastern European bullshit mixed with the Americans? What’s that all about?

        1. Yeah Mark, I am not really sure. Seems like they’re trying to align it intentionally as I am not seeing the natural connection of those things. Gonna have to look into the Slavic connection into the Aryan thing but the only connection I can think of off the top of my head is the Caucasian connection. And that’s got everything to do with the khazarians.

  3. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


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