I’ll be curious to see what the charges are
At least seven people, including some from Michigan, have been arrested in raids by a FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana as part of an investigation into an Adrian-based Christian militia group, a person familiar with the matter said.
There is this
Lackomar said he heard from other militia members that the FBI targeted the Hutaree after its members made threats of violence against Islamic organizations.
but not much else.
Update: Well, here’s an update
Detroit, Michigan (CNN) — Federal authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree militia group upon learning they were planning an exercise in April that might have included violence, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
“They talked about doing a covert reconnaissance exercise,” said Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Michigan, in an interview with CNN’s Drew Griffin. “And they did also say that, in connection with the exercise, if they came upon anyone from the public or law enforcement who kind of stumbled upon them in the midst of this exercise, they were prepared to kill them.”
That moved authorities to act, she said.
The militia members’ ultimate plan, she said, was to call 911 reporting a fake emergency and then to kill the police officer who responded. They then planned to kill more police by attacking the funeral procession using improvised explosive devices, she said.
Sounds like a real charming bunch who were planning to kill, so it seems the authorities did their jobs in stopping it. It appears that they were threatening pretty much anyone and everyone, not specifically an Islamic organization.
I have to say I’m bothered by them listing an IED as a “weapon of mass destruction”. That seems to me to be an example of the government dumbing-down threats to expand their reach.