Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Norm Olson: Parents' lawyer thwarted plan to send militias to aid Terri Schiavo

A truly amazing story of civil disobedience that if carried out would have had enormous consequences. This issue is now and will continue to be a powderkeg of ideology and smoldering emotion.

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.

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.

Just picture the scene had this thing been pulled off. Tyranny of any sort Judicial or otherwise can elicit this sort of reaction, so it's not surprising. A country such as ours who have experienced nothing but freedom and liberty for over 200 years are acutely sensitive to the smell of it.

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