Monday, August 13, 2007
Know your Enemy on Domestic Terrorism. SSA. Southeast States Alliance.
Base of Operation: United States
Founding Philosophy: The Southeast States Alliance (SSA) was an umbrella organization that formed in 1997 to unite several militias in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and other southern states. Their goal was to create social and political chaos in order to force the U.S. Government to declare martial law. Once this was achieved, the SSA believed it would be possible to incite a popular uprising to overthrow the federal government.
Little is known of the SSA’s structure other than the fact that it was led by Donald Beauregard, former leader of the Florida-based 77th Regiment Militia. From 1997 to 1999, Beauregard sought to attack government offices and infrastructure located in the southeast. His most elaborate plan involved breaking into a National Guard armory in order to steal explosives that could later be used to destroy electrical towers in the Atlanta area as well as the Clearwater nuclear power plant near Tampa.
The attack was never carried out however, due to close monitoring by an undercover Florida police officer who had infiltrated the group. Beauregard was eventually arrested and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States. In 2000, he pleaded guilty to lesser counts of conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Current Goals: The SSA is now active. During the brief period of their organization, they were not responsible for any violent acts. Beauregard’s arrest, along with nationwide investigations of militant groups following the Atlanta Olympics and Oklahoma City bombings, most likely influenced the vast majority of SSA members to leave the group.