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Air Date 10/16/2020

Today we take a look at the history and origins of the American militia movement right up to the recent plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, the likelihood of more violence and the high probability that they will show up at polling places on Election Day. 

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Ch. 1: FBI Foils Right-Wing Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Months After Trump Urged "Liberation" of State - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-9-20

Just months after President Trump tweeted for his supporters to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" the FBI has foiled an alleged plot to kidnap and take hostage Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer.

Ch. 2: Ohio has long history with militias; 2020 saw a surge in activity - WBNS 10TV - Air Date 10-9-20

A group of men plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan met in Dublin.

Ch. 3: Rise of Violent Militias Prompts National Fears After Foiled Kidnapping Plot - The Takeaway - Air Date 10-12-20

Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, and Daryl Johnson, owner of DT Analytics and former senior analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, discuss the implications for the upcoming election.

Ch. 4: Check Your Blindspot 10-16-20

America's favorite political game show that uses the Blindspot feature of Ground News to test contestants' political blindspots and media literacy.

Ch. 5: Mary McCord on Unlawful Militias - CounterSpin - Air Date 10-9-20

Mary McCord, a law professor at Georgetown University & legal director at the school's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and an expert on unlawful militias that manage to be part of the political landscape while somehow escaping media.

Ch. 6: Great Replacement Theory - RE-EDUCATION - Air Date 8-16-19

This theory has become mainstream.

Ch. 7: Voting Is Not Enough - Protect the Election Results - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 8: Protests Put Spotlight on the Relationship Between Armed White Vigilantes, Militia Groups, and Law Enforcement - The Takeaway - Air Date 8-31-20

Armed vigilantes and militia groups are showing up to Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

Ch. 9: Robert Evans Are We In a Second Civil War? - The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow - Air Date 10-13-20

Robert Evans explains what we need to do to avoid a second Civil War

Ch. 10: Kathleen Belew Explains the Long History of the White Power Movement and its Global Plans for "Race War" - The Truth Report w. Chauncey DeVega - Air Date 5-26-19

Belew explains white supremacy is a cultural, social and political problem not just the pathology of a small number of people, what "white power" means, and how white supremacist and other right-wing foot soldiers preparing for various forms of "race war"

Ch. 11: Did Trump's "Liberate Michigan" Result in Kidnapped Governor? - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 10-8-20

Donald Trump told his followers to "liberate Michigan". They answered by attempting to kidnap Governor Whitmer.


Ch. 12: In response to Craig's progressive myth and identity politics - Alex

Ch. 13: VOTE on what you know about, VoicedMails™ - Stacy from San Francisco Bay Area


Ch. 14: Final comments on the interesting wrinkle of two Trump-haters being involved in the kidnapping plot

Article: 13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts - Detroit Free Press


6 Steps to Save the Vote via RepresentUs

Protect the Results via Indivisible, Stand Up America & more

Count On Us via Sunrise Movement

10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup (Waging Nonviolence)


The Election That Could Break America (The Atlantic)

Is Trump Planning a Coup d’État? (The Nation)

What Happens If Trump Won't Step Down? (Slate)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent



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