IREHR began looking closely at Chris Kerodin and the Citadel well before Stephen Colbert lampooned the militia fortress idea on his television program in January. We began to piece-together the players involved, the ownership of the numerous corporate bodies, and the North Idaho land deal that anchored the project. In February, we contacted the Nation Investigative Fund. With their financial support, we received all of the court documents in the case where Kerodin was convicted of an elaborate scheme of extortion and on gun charges. The first of April, we traveled to Idaho, the site of the Citadel itself (See below). We closely tracked the activities of Kerodin, and we watched and waited until it started to take shape. Following the first official gathering of Kerodin's Threepers on the North Idaho property over the weekend, The Nation ran a lengthy investigative piece written by IREHR entitled, "Is America's Militia Movement on the Rise?" You can read it here.
The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) is a national organization with an international outlook examining racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist, and far-right social movements, analyzing their intersection with civil society and social policy, educating the public, and assisting in the protection and extension of human rights through organization and informed mobilization.