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DHS and Joint Terrorism Task Force were also involved in the raids. To update, the indictment has been sent down for “seditious conspiracy.”
… “planned to kill an unidentified member of local law enforcement and then attack the law enforcement officers who gather in Michigan for the funeral.” The indictment continues: “According to the plan, the Hutaree would attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with Improvised Explosive Devices with Explosively Formed Projectiles, which, according to the indictment, constitute weapons of mass destruction.”
Several arrests were made this weekend after the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force took part in raids around Adrian that may be connected to a militia group.
The FBI conducted multiple raids throughout Saturday and into Sunday, with one of them centered on a property where known members of a militia live. The land is owned by a man who lives in a house on the property. His sons live in two mobile homes that are also on the property. Saturday’s raids were concentrated on those mobile homes.
[…] Lackomar told Action News the group that is being targeted is an extremist religious militia.
That group’s web site shows training videos of men wearing camouflage, carrying rifles, and maneuvering through rough terrain. The site also includes information similar to a manifesto, that says members need to be ready for the Anti-Christ and that Jesus wants members to be ready to defend themselves with the sword.
Federal agents will not comment on the investigation, only saying that they are serving a number of search warrants and that the warrants are sealed. Authorities said they expect to release more information about the investigation early this week.
Meanwhile, via Jihad Watch we get weird defensive ramblings on behalf of the Christian religion, accusations about CAIR because of their vigilance against anti-Muslim actions that might be coming their way; Timothy McVeigh invoked because of what he “has had to shoulder alone all these years.”
You’d think there would be some things where facts would render everyone on the same side.
A local Michigan militiaman distanced himself from the “religious cult,” which is where he was putting the spotlight. Shorter: there a good militias and bad ones.
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. […]
Because it’s important that we keep our rampaging AR-15 wielding religious cultists separate from the organized, volunteer militia community, because their purposes are docile and peace loving.
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