STATE OF SIEGE

CAN FEDERAL AGENTS CAPTURE MONTANA'S BAND OF HOLED-UP FREEMEN WITHOUT TRIGGERING ANOTHER TRAGIC WACO?

ON THE COLD, FLAT STRETCHES of Garfield County, Montana, the self-proclaimed Justus Township is a bump on the taut horizon. fbi agents wearing flak vests and side arms who kept watch on the place last week saw a farmstead sprawl of family houses, cabins, trailers and some outbuildings in the midst of 960 acres of open land. All of it once belonged to Ralph Clark and his brother Emmett, busted wheat farmers turned fringe ideologues. Visitors say that these days Ralph Clark sometimes wears a lawman's five-pointed star, to signify that he's the law. For him and the 10 or so...

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