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Montana / Anti-Government Group / Standoff #165443

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 27, 1996
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Jordan, MT: Barry Serafin) The third day of a standoff between federal agents and an anti-government group of Freeman, who reject the authority of the federal and state governments, featured; scenes shown of FBI roadblocks. Threats from local ranchers to take action themselves noted. [Rancher Tom STANTON - says he ran out of patient waiting for help and was going to try to get them out.] [In home video from the Jordan, MT, ranch, LeRoy SCHWEITZER - says "shoot to kill."] [NEIGHBOR - says we wanted the FBI.]

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Further coverage of the story on tonight's PrimeTime Live announced.

(Roundup, MT: Dean Reynolds) The background and beliefs of the Freemen group in the small town of Roundup, MT, reviewed. [Musselshell County prosecutor John BOHLMAN - comments.] Written racist edict from Freeman Rodney Skurdal quoted. [In video, SKURDAL - reads position statement.] [Lutheran pastor Larry WALTERS - comments on the group.]

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Past confrontations between federal agents with a religious group in Waco, Texas and with white separatists in Ruby Ridge, ID, recalled.

(Washington: Jackie Judd) The cautious approach being taken this time by the FBI examined. [Attorney General Janet RENO, former FBI agents Cliff VAN ZANDT, Jeffrey BEATTY - speak about the FBI approach.]

Judd, Jackie;
Reynolds, Dean;
Sawyer, Forrest;
Serafin, Barry

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