THE STANDOFF "MONTANA FREEMAN"
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THE STANDOFF "MONTANA FREEMEN"
Thu Mar 4 14:15:01 2004
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THE STANDOFF "MONTANA FREEMEN"
The standoff

http://www.cnn.com/US/freemen/
It looked like many ranch houses in Montana, nestled in the hills of a 960-acre wheat farm and sheep ranch. Inside, however, there were at least 21 people who called themselves Freemen. For months they refused to leave the ranch, which they claimed as sovereign territory. The Freemen reject the validity of the U.S., state and county governments, refusing even to register their cars. They called the ranch "Justus Township." On March 25, they refused to leave.

Outside, beyond the fence, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with other law enforcement agencies waited. They also had been there since March 25. That day, Freemen leaders LeRoy Schweitzer, 57, and Daniel E. Petersen Jr., 53, were arrested while off the ranch and charged in connection with fraudulent check and money order schemes.

http://www.cnn.com/US/freemen/

The FBI wanted to arrest more than a dozen adults in the ranch wanted on charges including circulating millions of dollars in bogus checks and threatening to kill a federal judge.

With the memories of the raids at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, fresh in the minds of Americans, the authorities strove to find a peaceful solution to the standoff.

However, they slowly increased pressure, cutting phone lines, limiting family visits and shutting off power to the ranch.



hen, on June 13, 16 members of the group surrendered, ending the longest federal siege in modern U.S. history.

Below is a day-by-day calendar of the standoff between the Freemen and authorities, along with links to related sites on the Internet, and a search for related stories.

MORE FREEMEN STORIES AND LINKS:
http://www.cnn.com/US/freemen/links.html

RELATED LINK: APFN "MONEY"
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/money.htm 



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