The Militia Wants YOU: Idaho Militia Recruits in Twin Falls

2014-04-18T02:00:00Z The Militia Wants YOU: Idaho Militia Recruits in Twin FallsBy Kimberlee Kruesi kkruesi@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • An Idaho militia is searching for recruits in Twin Falls, asking for help to create a unit to defend the Idaho and U.S. Constitutions from “foreign and domestic enemies.”

The Idaho Light Foot Militia sent an email blast to 36 potential Twin Falls members Wednesday. As of Thursday, however, no one had responded, said Craig Campbell, a member of Ada County’s Light Foot Militia.

“There’s nobody in Twin Falls right now,” he said, declining to comment further.

The militia is most active in north Idaho. It has 11 active units throughout the state and 13 “interested” units, according to a map attached to the email sent to potential members.

“In time of peace, we train and assist our community in any way that may better us all. One of our primary goals is to work and train to be an asset and not an issue for the Sheriff’s Office,” its mission statement reads.

The Light Foot Militia requires members to be at least 16, a legal citizen, participate in training and attend monthly meetings. It also urges members to acquire at least 2,000 rounds of ammunition, six magazines per rifle, a cleaning kit and spare parts.

The militia also demands that members obey the laws of war and cites zero tolerance for racism and criminal violence. Women are allowed to join but banned from the “combat units.” They must be trained in firearms and basic combat skills, though.

During the 1990s, militias started forming after several controversial standoffs resulted in multiple deaths.

Most notably, the 1993 raid of a religious compound in Waco, Texas, led to a 51-day siege and ended with more than 80 deaths of the leader’s followers and four federal agents. In 1992, in northern Idaho, a federal dispute with Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris ended with the deaths of Weaver’s wife and son and one government agent.

Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter said he hasn’t been contacted by any militia members but supports any group wanting to protect constitutional rights as long as they stay within the confines of the law.

“I certainly have no problem with anyone who wants to uphold the constitution,” Carter said.

He said the only other militia in Twin Falls County he could remember was in Filer in the 1990s. He said the group is likely no longer active.

When militias start up, they usually contact the sheriff first, Carter said, because they believe the sheriff is the true authority, not the federal government.

Idaho law classifies the militia into three categories: the National Guard, organized militia and unorganized militia. The Light Foot Militia has no authority in Idaho but could become organized if requested by the governor.

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  1. Rabbit hole
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    Rabbit hole - September 15, 2014 7:46 pm
    Opps wasnt done yet if im gonna let the fbi and crownies find about me there gonna take all of my anger towards my leaders in the palice of filth they made . Why will a child molester get three to five years when a drug dealer gets no less than10 yrs .both are worng but theres no way a two bit dealer is worse than some monster destroying a babychilds innocince.almost half of everyone i know has been molested.is it just a bunch of sick random people??? no it is all done by design .we where breeded this way .thank god it never happend to me its in our food the radio the water know even the air we breath has been corupted and god forbid not the tv !!! almost all of it is from tv useing mk ultra and monacrh project.i see you guys are taking it from both sides .ether your a gun toting redneck hick too imbred to know ypur rights or your a big sissy that wont do nothing but garb up in camo and play cowboys and indians .everyone has forgot it was the miltia that won this country from the brits . i think its time to get s facelift , a new image .remind people why we have the second amendment and it wasint for hunting or pluking cans thats the first thing i would work on the second is this website is pretty week .wtf only two comments before me complete crud .it need to have things like charitiy funds and and maybe marathon get the commity and people invold .yea i csnt spell only got a 7th grade edu haha.three instead of running aroung the hills all day its time to take it to them cause we have domestic terrorest here everyday they run our counrty , they are the ones causeing fear and intidation . if i was to tell you everything thats going on youd throw up .i think i want to join but i need to know more about where you guys stand ...ooo and forth you need to make defence for the up to date weapons your training agisnt other wise it will be for nothing please feel free to call me at 208.258 0629 just to let you brave people know you are the ones that took the first step nobody can take that away from you thank you god bless your souls
  2. Rabbit hole
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    Rabbit hole - September 15, 2014 6:41 pm
    Just want to say thank you for standing up for our rights.Do you know before getting on to your site the southen poverty law center comes up that means this website is being watch by them the fbi , cia, nsa and who knows who eles plus everyone of you and now me the reason the southen poverty law center has its little stupid sign up is a scare tactic they dont want you causing a stir in the ellites plan to put in motion agenda 21 .while its nice you guys work with the police most are in on it .they dont want you to own your granddads crappy gun but yet all over the country police are being outfitted with hardcore millatary firepower and the non lethal sound and microwave weapons they use for riots control have softkill effects on people .Fema camps that where supposed to be for disasters now are being used to make homless people make a choice go to jail or the camps in those states its illegal to be homeless , guys this is happing here right now in our country and your friends the police are the ones enforceing this.Now mind you cops here in idaho are much better amd cool headed compeard to other states but when will that chang ???
  3. platts
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    platts - April 18, 2014 10:36 am
    Rocky Barker is a leftist propagandist that sprinkles a little truth is his message to make it palatable for the uninformed. Check out his radical resume, you need to read between the lines to realize how dangerous he is. Never should have talked to him. Good luck.
  4. Jeffrey Stankiewicz
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    Jeffrey Stankiewicz - April 18, 2014 8:57 am
    Thank you so much, Kimberly, for reporting the truth without bias, and in a clear and organized way.
    Unlike Rocky Barker at the Idaho un-Statesman-like. I gave him an interview covering the Light Foot and how we're organized, the Idaho Constitution and my views of the Bundy situation in NV.
    The story he printed was disorganized and uninformative to anyone wishing to know more of what the Light Foot are about, and our stand on issues. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Thank you again for not twisting our words, but simply telling the truth.

    And thanks for posting the new Light Foot Standards. If more people would read them and understand what the modern militia movement is all about, we wouldn't have as much hatred thrown our way.
    Jeff

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