THE MOVEMENT'S SYMPATHETIC EARS ON CAPITOL HILL

Before the Oklahoma blast, the militias could count on two freshmen Republicans in Congress for staunch support. Representative Helen Chenoweth of Idaho has publicly noted that "black helicopters" operated by the Federal Government -- a common demonic image in militia lore -- have harassed Idaho citizens. Representative Steve Stockman of Texas sent a concerned letter to Attorney General Janet Reno in March when he heard rumors that the Federal Government was about to raid local militias. "A paramilitary-style attack against Americans who pose no risk to others ... would run the risk of an irreparable breach between the Federal Government and...

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