We are Barak Goodman, director of American Experience’s film “Ruby Ridge”, and Daniel Levitas, an author and expert on far right militia groups. Ask us anything about the Ruby Ridge siege and the rise of the modern American militia movement!
Edit: Alright everyone, we're going to have to stop here. Thank you for asking such insightful questions and apologies to those we did not get to! If you want to learn more about Ruby Ridge in the modern context, we hosted a live discussion featuring Barak Goodman and Jess Walter that you can watch now on YouTube.
Ruby Ridge airs tonight at 9/8c on PBS or stream it now on our website.
The 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, which led to the deaths of Sammy Weaver, Vicki Weaver, and Deputy U.S. Marshal William Degan, mesmerized the nation and left some convinced that the federal government was out of control. The event not only became a catalyst for the Oklahoma City bombing, but set the stage for the growth of militia groups today. Echoes of the Ruby Ridge incident can be seen all the way up through January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.
Barak Goodman, director of American Experience’s documentaries "Ruby Ridge" and "Oklahoma City", and Daniel Levitas, author of "The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right" are here to answer your questions about the event that helped give rise to the modern militia movement.
Ask them anything about Ruby Ridge and the rise of the modern militia movement in America!
We’ll start answering questions at noon EDT (one hour from when this was posted).