Ambush at Ruby Ridge: How Government Agents Set Randy Weaver up and Took His Family Down

Ambush at Ruby Ridge: How Government Agents Set Randy Weaver up and Took His Family Down

by Alan W. Bock
     
 

Ambush at Ruby Ridge: How Government Agents Set Randy Weaver Up and Took His Family Down chronicles the U.S. Marshals Service elaborate, multi-million-dollar 18-month surveillance of Weaver, an Idaho backwoods resident known as a white separatist, indicted on a minor firearms charge many claim was a government act of hatred and blackmail. The resultant 11-day standoff…  See more details below

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Ambush at Ruby Ridge: How Government Agents Set Randy Weaver Up and Took His Family Down chronicles the U.S. Marshals Service elaborate, multi-million-dollar 18-month surveillance of Weaver, an Idaho backwoods resident known as a white separatist, indicted on a minor firearms charge many claim was a government act of hatred and blackmail. The resultant 11-day standoff in Weaver's small family cabin and the paramilitary attack that ensued are described through graphic and closely documented accounts: from the details surrounding the initial siege to the shoot-to-kill orders given by FBI headquarters. Through court transcripts, private testimonies, and interviews with insiders, local residents, and friends of the Weaver family, journalist Alan Bock debunks the myth that government agencies are beyond the realm of entrapment, coverups, and even the killing of innocent people. He overturns the hypocrisies and contradictions of the FBI, and takes you straight to the scene - first, to the tragedy of Ruby Ridge, then to the colorful neo-Nazi- and protester-filled roadblock, and finally to the courtroom, where prosecutors and flamboyant defense attorney Gerry Spence go head to head.

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Editorial Reviews

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The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 brought media and public attention to the private militia movement. Stern (Loud Hawk, LJ 3/15/93) links militias to preexisting racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, and Posse Comitatus. Distrust of the federal government and belief in conspiracies to incorporate America into a world government form the central themes of militia leaders. Other issues driving militia members include gun control, federal land-use policies, fear of foreigners and minority groups, and dissatisfaction with the course of modern society. Two disturbing points raised by Stern are militia involvement by retired and active military and law enforcement personnel and congressional reluctance to investigate militias as earnestly as they did the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms following the Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents. Stern closes by proposing federal legislation banning private militias. Drawn from militia publications, news reports, periodicals, interviews, and materials posted on the Internet, this book provides an excellent introduction to the latest incarnation of racist and paranoid politics. Highly recommended to all libraries. In sharp contrast is Bock's highly critical study of the 11-day siege of Randy Weaver's home in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, by federal law enforcement agents in August 1992 and Weaver's trial for murder in 1993. Bock, senior editorial page columnist for the Orange County Register, fairly presents but does not defend Weaver's racist view. However, he does see Weaver as an individual wishing to isolate his family from society who was targeted by a government firearms sting operation solely for his racial and political ideas. The standoff ended with the death of Weaver's wife and one of his sons. Bock's detailed account of Weaver's trial centers on the government's failed attempts at entrapment and cover-up and Weaver's acquittal. The author concludes by denouncing the federal agents for overzealous action against U.S. citizens to enhance careers and reputations. Few will agree with Bock's defense of Weaver, but this work intelligently presents the current distrust of the government among many individuals in modern society and is recommended for all libraries.Stephen L. Hupp, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880741481
Publisher:
Dickens Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
94

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