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Gun Charges — Including Possesion of Machine Gun — Added to Hutaree Militia Members

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Gun charges have been added to four members of the Hutaree, a Michigan-based Christian militia, which is accused of plotting to kill police officers and cause a revolt against the government, the Detroit Free Press reported.

A federal grand jury added the charges Wednesday.. The charges include possession of a machine gun and a sawed off shotgun.

Some of the group members have been freed on bond pending trial

The federal judge in the case had previously expressed some skepticism about the strength of case.

Appeals Court to Decide Whether Mich. Militia Members Go Free

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Court of Appeals could rule as early as Friday whether to overturn or uphold a Detroit federal judge’s order to release nine members of the Hutaree Christian militia on bond pending trial. They are charged with plotting to kill cops to foment revolt against the government.

The Detroit News reported that the court on Thursday temporarily put on hold the release of the the militia members pending a ruling on the matter just as they were about to go free. The government wants the  militia members to remain locked up, saying they pose a danger to the community.

U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts, who ordered them released,  says she doesn’t buy that they’re a danger to the community, and has raised questions about the strength of the case.

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Feds Indict 9 Christian Militia Members on Charges of Conspiring to Kill Law Enforcement Officers

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Nine suspected members of a Christian militia were indicted in Detroit on charges of conspiring to kill law enforcement officers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Authorities charged that six Michigan residents, two from Ohio and one from Indiana plotted, according to one plan,  to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer and then kill officers who showed up to the funeral.

The indictment said the militia known as Hutaree considered its enemies to be “state and local law enforcement, who are deemed ‘foot-soldiers’ of the Federal government, Federal law enforcement agencies and employees, participants in the “New World Order” and anyone who does not share in the Hutaree’s beliefs.”

After the Oklahoma bombing in 1995, the spotlight turned to Michigan militias. Convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had been hanging out at a farmhouse in Decker, Mi. about two hours north of Detroit.  Terry’s brother James Nichols, who was never indicted, ran a farm in Decker and espoused anti-government views.

Monday’s unsealed indictment said that since at least 2008, the Hutaree militia had been conducting military-style training in Lenawee County in Michigan and elsewhere with the purposes of preparing for the impending war with its enemies.

The indictment said the group also discussed a variety of violent acts including “killing a member of law enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement and his or her family at home, ambushing a member of law enforcement in rural communities, luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call and then killing him or her, and killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession with weapons of mass destruction.”

The indictment said the militia obtained information about Improvised Explosive Devices over the Internet.

One of the militia member David Brian Stone told members that a covert reconnaissance exercise was scheduled for April 2010 and “anyone who happened upon the exercise who did not acquiesce to Hutaree demands would be killed,” the indictment said.

“Because the Hutaree had planned a covert reconnaissance operation for April which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk, the safety of the public and of the law enforcement community demanded intervention at this time.”

Andrew Arenas, head of the Detroit FBI, said : “This is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society.”

Read Indictment

FBI Arrests 9th Person in Militia Case Monday Night (Detroit News)