Akin Praised, Reviewed Unit of Militia Group He Recently Claimed He Had Nothing to Do With

Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler.

In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter."

The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to speak at a rally but at the last minute he bailed--no harm, no foul. Yet Akin has been asked to explain that letter, and more broadly his relationship to the militia movement, many times since his first run for national office in 2000.

In August 2012, Akin--as he has done repeatedly over the years--dismissed any connection to the group that believed in their right to bear arms to defend against violations of the Constitution.

"I didn't know who they were, I didn't want to have anything to do with them," he told Laura Ingraham on August 9, adding that the letter, published by Buzzfeed, was really just a standard courtesy.

But that wasn't true. In an article that appeared in the Springfield News-Leader on May 5, 1995, Akin readily admits that he is well acquainted with the 1st Missouri Volunteer Militia and personally reviewed their paramilitary "unit".

John Moore, a radical pro-life activist and the "colonel and commander" of the 1st Missouri Volunteer Militia, said his group was formed to aid local authorities in disaster relief but also to defend anyone whose constitutional rights were being violated.

"If a Jewish synagogue were in trouble, we'd be the first ones there," Moore told Joe Holleman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a March 19,1995 article. "We'd be there before the American Civil Liberties Union would. And who would you want, anyway? People who would fight for your rights, or people who file lawsuits?"

The militia movement came under fire in April 1995, after Timothy McVeigh, a militia movement sympathizer who was upset at the federal government over its handling of the Waco siege and Ruby Ridge incident. The 1st Missouri Volunteer militia was mentioned in a 1995 Anti-Defamation League report that came out after the Oklahoma City bombing called, "Beyond the Bombing: The Militia Menace Grows."

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Quick, change the subject, uptightie-righties!

Chris McDaniel
Chris McDaniel

Any chance you hacks will run a "Breaking" piece on the corrupt dealings & currently in-litigation sexual harassment case McCaskill's companies are involved in? Too much to hope for, I'm sure. It's very un-hip to have journalistic integrity these days.

Leah Greenbaum
Leah Greenbaum

That's a good question Chris, and certainly one that puzzled me at first. I think that what makes militia groups "radical" are the people who are in them and the mandate they pursue. A number of members of the 1st Missouri Volunteers had long arrest records and were known to defend their positions using tactics that are outside the mainstream and outside the law (ie this profile we ran twelve years ago about the group's chaplain tim dreste: http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2012/10/todd_akin_tim_dreste_arrested_prolife.php

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Any evidence of this "radical" group doing something "radical"?

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

Akin is a douchebag and so is anyone who would vote for him because they are racist, brainwashed idiots who want that 'f**king n**ger Muslim out of the White House and would instead put a Mormon in who believes Christians are going to hell and their God and Jesus are not the only route to heaven. That's sadly how stupid Republicans are. Just count the votes on election day and that will tell you the number of people who clearly have no brain at all.

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault