Thursday, March 31, 2005

Nuts to the Rescue

Randall Terry has met his match in the nutsery factions trying to keep Terri Schiavo alive. From the Petoskey News-Review:

Norm Olson, senior adviser to the Michigan militia and pastor of a strong right-to-life church in Wolverine, said Tuesday he had put together an unarmed coalition of state militias that were prepared to storm the Florida hospice where Terri Schiavo has been left to die, and take her to a safe house.

Olson said he needed only the OK from Schiavo’s father, Robert Schindler, either directly or through his attorney David Gibbs, to put the plan, called “Operation Resurrection,” into action on Sunday.

But Olson said Gibbs contacted the FBI instead of passing his message on to Schindler.

Olson said the FBI had been monitoring e-mails within militia groups and on Tuesday, March 29, sent an agent from Traverse City to his home in Alanson and other agents to militia leaders in the South to question them about the plan.

The FBI was unavailable for comment.

Olson said that last Thursday he phoned Gibbs’ secretary with a message that he had organized 1,500 to 2,000 militia members from Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Michigan, who were ready to remove Schiavo from the hospice and take her in a convoy to a safe house.

The rest of the article has a chronology of e-mails from Mr. Olson, referring to judges as “black-robed devils” and calling for the rest of the nation’s militias to rise up and converge on Pinellas Pines, Florida. But apparently the rest of the Loony Brigade is on their way to Arizona to hold back the hordes of illegal immigrants from Mexico.

You may remember Norm Olson from the coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He was indirectly connected with Timothy McVeigh, and he spent a lot of time on the air on CNN and “Nightline” dressed in cammies and looking intensely at the camera — which was offset by the fact that when he wears a cap his ears stick out like the open doors of ’57 Chevy. He’s seen as a bit of a crackpot by his neighbors, the very conservative folk of rural northern Michigan. The fact that the Schindler’s lawyer called the FBI after Mr. Olson contacted them shows that even they have a touch of sanity left in them after this ordeal… or Randall Terry doesn’t like to be upstaged by a bunch of people that are even nuttier than he is.