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Date: Mar 30, 2012

Eight days after the police shot dead the self-confessed killer of four Jews and three French paratroopers in southwestern France, elite units on Friday raided localities in several parts of the country and detained 17 people described as Islamic militants.  In the early hours, officers raided addresses in Toulouse — where the gunman, Mohammed Merah, 23, was slain after a 30-hour siege last week — in the Paris region and in southern and western cities including Nantes, French media reports said.  President Nicolas Sarkozy said Kalashnikov assault rifles had been seized in the raids, which, he told Europe 1 radio, “are going to continue” and would lead to “a certain number of people” being expelled from France.

Investigating judges on Sunday had already filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against Mr. Merah’s older brother, saying that the killer acted with his guidance.  The brother, Abdelkader Merah, 29, was described by the police as an Islamic radical who reportedly had ties to at least one jihadist network.  Although Mohammed Merah told the police that he had acted alone, investigators believe that he operated “under the influence of his brother,” said Élisabeth Allannic, a spokeswoman for the office of the prosecutor in Paris, which handles terrorism cases.

Read more: NY Times

Gary Thomas will never forget the letter he received in early 2000.  It was from John Joe Gray, a suspect in a felony assault case, offering a not-so-subtle warning to the area's chief criminal investigator: He had no intention of answering charges that he had attacked a state trooper.  "What he said was this: 'If y'all come to get me, bring body bags,' " said Thomas, now a local justice of the peace.  Thomas remembers the message clearly, not because of its unvarnished threat, but because — after 12 years — Gray, who doesn't acknowledge the authority of any government, continues to dare police to come and get him.

Sequestered on a 50-acre, wooded compound in East Texas since jumping bail more than a decade ago, Gray and his clan have effectively outlasted the administrations of four local sheriffs, all of whom have decided that John Joe's arrest is not worth the risk of a violent confrontation.  The stalemate, perhaps the longest-running standoff in the U.S. between law enforcement and a fugitive living in plain sight, is also emblematic of what the FBI believes is a troubling re-emergence of an anti-government movement that vaulted to notoriety in 1995.

Read more: USA Today