Michigan Militia Group Raided by FBI

A eight people in Michigan with ties to a so-called militia group were arrested on charges of conspiring to kill police officers.

Fox News reports:

Nine suspects tied to a militia in the Midwest are charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement people, federal prosecutors said Monday.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because the Hutaree members were planning a violent reconnaissance mission sometime in April — just a few days away.

Members of the group called Hutaree are charged in the case, including their leader, David Brian Stone, also known as “Captain Hutaree.”

Once other officers gathered for a slain officer’s funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs at the funeral, killing more, according to newly unsealed court papers.

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According to investigators, the purportedly Christian Hutaree militia view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a “brotherhood” and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government.

Admittedly, I’m not as up to speed on Christian theology and scripture as I should be, but I was under the general impression that assassinating law enforcement officials was one of those “sin” thingies.

But the media will never resist a chance to paint Christians as evil, extremist kooks, so the meme took off.

From the Detroit News:

On Sunday, a source close to the investigation in Washington, D.C. confirmed that FBI agents were conducting activities in Washtenaw and Lenawee counties over the weekend in connection to Hutaree, a Christian militia group. Detroit FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold told The Detroit News the federal warrants in the case are under court seal and declined further comment.

Sources have said the FBI was in the second day of raids around the southeastern Michigan city of Adrian that are connected to a militia group, known as the Hutaree, an Adrian-based group whose members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.

Oh, it figures! It’s one of those evil Christian extremist militia groups! You know those people have guns? For shame!

Mike Lackomar, of Michiganmilitia.com, said both The Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia and the Michiganmilitia.com were not a part of the raid.

Lackomar said he heard from other militia members that the FBI targeted the Hutaree after its members made threats of violence against Islamic organizations.

“Last night and into today the FBI conducted a raid against homes belonging to the Hutaree. They are a religious cult. They are not part of our militia community,” he said.

Wait, so they weren’t connected to the militia movement? That can’t be — they’re terrorists in training! They must be part of the militia group! Those people have guns — they’re going to kill us all!

I  also like how the actual militia groups described the group in question as a religious cult. “Cult” is a loaded word, but in this context, I think it’s meaning is pretty clear: far from mainstream. So why the liberal peppering of the term “Christian” throughout the report?

One of the Hutaree members called a Michigan militia leader for assistance Saturday after federal agents had already began their raid, Lackomar said, but the militia member — who is of Islamic decent and had heard about the threats — declined to offer help. That Michigan militia leader is now working with federal officials to provide information on the Hutaree member for the investigation, Lackomar said Sunday.

So the militia group actually turned these guys in? Then why are the media hyping the so-called “militia connection”? And why doesn’t Jennifer Chambers, the reporter for the Detroit News, who is presumably a trained journalism, know the difference between “decent” and “descent”? Enquiring minds want to know.

The Jawa Report mentions this incident, along with some other raids of “Christian Extremist” groups across the US. Apparently he leader of the Michigan group is, well, a conspiracy theorist nutjob who is afraid of the Illuminati.

Donald Douglas at American Power also comments.

So the government is cracking down on Christian Militia groups that seem to have dubious interpretations of Christianity and no connection to militias. And the media are hyping it up as best they can. All, ironically, at the same time that Islamic terrorists have just killed dozens in Russia.

Wait for the accusations of ties to the Tea Party, and the resulting claims that the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh are responsible for this plot. It will come, don’t worry.

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  1. #1 by Dave in Northridge on Mon 29 Mar 2010 - 15:57

    I have a couple of questions about your posting:

    1) How do you define “terrorist”?
    2) Why did you pass up the opportunity to post the part of the Detroit Free Press article in which the Michigan Militia reported on their refusal to help the Hutaree when they called to say they were being arrested and they needed help?

    Thanks.

    • #2 by The Republican Heretic on Mon 29 Mar 2010 - 16:55

      This is a quote from the Detroit News article that I included in my post:

      One of the Hutaree members called a Michigan militia leader for assistance Saturday after federal agents had already began their raid, Lackomar said, but the militia member — who is of Islamic decent and had heard about the threats — declined to offer help. That Michigan militia leader is now working with federal officials to provide information on the Hutaree member for the investigation, Lackomar said Sunday.

      I’m not sure how including that quote in my post is “pass[ing] up the opportunity” to highlight the fact that the Michigan Militia community refused to help Hutaree. I follow that quote with the following comment:

      So the militia group actually turned these guys in? Then why are the media hyping the so-called “militia connection”?

      I’m not sure what my definition of terrorism has to do with anything, either. I only make two references to terrorism in the post: one a very tongue-in-cheek dig at the fact that anyone who supports the 2nd Amendment is cast as a potential terrrorist by the MSM, and the other in reference to a major suicide bombing in Russia.

  2. #3 by iusbvision on Tue 30 Mar 2010 - 15:34

    It seems that the group in question was a cult and not a real militia group at all. Real militia groups follow US Code for citizen militia groups, this cult was allegedly involved in a conspiracy to kill police officers. Big difference. Of course all we have seen is from the elite media and the government so we will see what the truth is eventually.

    • #4 by The Republican Heretic on Tue 30 Mar 2010 - 16:17

      I’m even reluctant to use the term “cult,” but that’s my academic training talking — it was definitely a fringe religious group with extreme beliefs and a charismatic leader, so in the popular context, cult will do.

      I’ve been having a discussion via Facebook with a friend who is trumping up the “militia” angle, and it bugs me because that is the only reason I can think of for the militia connection to be mentioned by the media – so people will start to become worried about militia groups. The same thing happened during the Clinton Administration after the government raid on the Mount Carmel compound. Even most of the MSM reports of the group in Michigan admit that the Michigan Militia helped out the feds in catching these guys.

      Watch for the next MSM headline: Right Wing Religious Extremists Who are Neither Right Wing nor Religious Almost Do Something that Might Be Scary – Public Warned to Stay Inside

  3. #5 by AnnS on Wed 31 Mar 2010 - 17:23

    When the story first came out there were CAIR and SPLC connections to this group: Dont seem to be able to find it now. Commenters on mypetjawa seem to be on to something too.

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/201768.php

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/03/29/nine-members-of-the-hutaree-militia/

    “the SPLC documented 512 antigovernment “Patriot” groups, which include armed militias, operating by the end of 2009. That represents a 244 percent increase over the previous year’s count of 149. The number of militia groups rose from 42 in 2008 to 127 in 2009.

    The SPLC documented a total of 75 domestic terrorism plots between the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and 2009. The majority of those plots were concocted by individuals with extreme antigovernment views.”

    For those that don’t know SPLC are just another group of ambulance chasing lawyers like the NAACP; I wrote LT Gov Kinder in MO during the MIAC incident where people that supported Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Barr were either arrested or stopped for bumber stickers and/or havng Gadsen flags. SPLC was instrumental in bringing these charges against them.

    http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/2009/05/27/missouri-miac-documents-scandal-leads-to-advisory-on-splc-adl/

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