Arizona State Militia and Robert Crooks Punked by CBS 5's Morgan Loew
Loew went undercover to document with hidden cameras a statewide recruitment drive by the organization, which bills itself as "a law-abiding, non-racist, non-radical unit."
Sure. That's why they crack jokes about assassinating U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
"We cannot countenance anyone who says, `Oh yeah, let's go assassinate Holder,'" kids one militia dude as a hidden cam is rolling. "As much as he may need it, you can't do it."
When Loew finally reveals his identity, the tough militia guys cover their faces and run away. I mean, if there's nothing wrong with the group, as ASM insists, why the secrecy?
ASM claims that it has "hundreds" of members and that it carefully vets those seeking to become members, both dubious claims, considering that the meetings were small and that they were so easily infiltrated by Loew.
Loew correctly points out that there are several such groups operating in Arizona, though I use that word "group" loosely. All the same, just one of these militia nuts could turn out to be dangerous.
Timothy McVeigh, anyone?
So these delusional goofballs with guns cannot be ignored, even when, in the case of, say, the "Arizona Special Operations Group," there appear to be only two of them.
I wrote about those two in a previous blog post. Their names are Richard Malley and Robert Deatherage.
You'll remember Malley, 49, as the unemployed Glendale man living with his mom who pointed his AR-15 at an MCSO deputy in August. He's currently charged with aggravated assault and has set up a defense fund because he's broke.