Utah militia leader vows to ‘strike back’ in video

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah prosecutors played a secretly recorded video in court Thursday of a Utah militia group leader accused of trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona talking about his plans to go on the offensive and strike back by damaging government buildings and vehicles.

William Keebler says in the March video filmed by undercover FBI agents that he wanted to “put the fear of God” in government officials. He says some of their strikes would be “loud and dangerous and damaging.” He says he didn’t want to hurt anybody necessarily.

The video was played during a hearing in which Keebler is requesting a judge let him out of jail pending trial. A judge has yet to decide.

Keebler has pleaded not guilty to the charges.