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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.

Detroit Fed Judge Sets Some Hutaree Militia Members Free

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Three members of the Hutaree Christian militia in Michigan charged with plotting to kill cops were released Tuesday and a fourth was expected to go free Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts on Tuesday released Tina Stone 44, David Stone Jr., 19, and Jacob Ward, 33, after the U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped it’s legal battle to keep them behind bars.

Kristopher Sickles, 27, is expected to be released Wednesday, but five others will remain behind bars pending their appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals to go free pending trial.

Judge Roberts had ordered all nine free, saying they did not appear to pose a danger to the community, a ruling that raised questions about the strength of the case. But U.S. Attorney’s Office appealed that ruling.

Court records show all three released Tuesday must adhere to number of restrictions. For one, they must live with their parents and refrain from drinking alcohol, using a police scanner and associating with members of a militia or paramiltary group.

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Highly Unusual: Pretrial Services Files Affidavit Correcting Fed Prosecutor

detroit1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a highly unusual move, the chief of Pretrial Services in Detroit filed an affidavit with the 6th Court of Appeals correcting claims by the federal prosecutor in the Hutaree Christian militia case, the Detroit Free Press reported.

At the center of the dispute is  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet, who is trying to block a judge from freeing the militia members pending trial.  Waterstreet in court papers has claimed that the electronic GPS monitoring was  “wholly inadequate to effectively supervise the defendants” who are accused of plotting to kill cops. He wants them to remain behind bars.

But chief  of Pretrial Services Alan Murray  wrote : “This affidavit is being submitted to correct the record, and any misunderstanding (Assistant U.S. Attorney) Mr. (Ronald) Waterstreet had about our conversation,” the  Detroit News reported.

“Contrary to Mr. Waterstreet’s belief, the court-ordered ‘home detention’ does not allow unmonitored release the entire day,” Murray said in the affidavit. “The Global Positioning Satellites System allows a defendant to be monitored, at all times.”

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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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Surprise: Detroit Judge Orders Militia Members Free on Bond

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

UPDATE: The Judge late Monday granted a request by the U.S. Attorney  to delay until Wednesday at 5 p.m. the release of the  suspects to give the government time to decide whether to appeal her ruling, the Detroit Free Press reported.
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a ruling that raises some questions about strength of the government’s case, a federal judge in Detroit on Monday ordered that nine members of Michigan based-Christian militia called the Hutaree be freed on bond. The members were accused of plotting to kill cops.

“The United States is correct that it need not wait until the people are killed before it arrests conspirators,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said in a 36-page written order. “But defendants are also correct: their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech, is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.

“The Court’s own Pretrial Services Agency, which makes bond recommendations, concluded that but for the seriousness of the offenses charged, the defendants are all people it would normally recommend for release on bond.”

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Fed Agents Found Crack, Gas Masks, Hitler Speeches During Raid of Christian Militia

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents seized suspected crack cocaine and steroids, weapons, gas masks and a book of Adolph Hitler’s speeches during raids late last month of the Michigan-based Christian militia group known as the Hutaree, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported that search warrant records also showed agents found hand grenade instructions and schematics and a container of potassium chlorate.

Authorities have charged that the group planned to kill law enforcement officers in hopes of sparking a revolt against the government.

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Ex-Homeland Chief Michael Chertoff Concerned Militias Could Copycat Terrorist Tactics

Michael Chertoff Sunday on Meet the Press

Michael Chertoff Sunday on Meet the Press

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Sunday he has concerns that local terrorist groups or militias could pick up ideas from violent groups overseas.

“I agree with Sen. Lieberman, this is not of the order of magnitude of what we see global terrorists,” Chertoff said on Meet the Press. “But look,the fact that people can get on the Internet and they can see the tactics that are being used in Iraq and Afghanistan creates a risk that those will be copycatted here.”

“In fact we’ve see that … in northern Mexico, the criminal groups which are not politically motivated have adopted beheadings and other tactics of terrorism as part of pushing their agenda against President Calderon.”

His comments came in response to a discussion about militias like the  Michigan-based Christian militia which allegedly had plans to us IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) — used by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan —  to kill police officers at a funeral in Michigan.  Nine members of the group, the Hutaree, have been charged in Detroit in the plot.

FBI Duped Militia Members to Get Them Away from Their Weapons

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI duped the members of the Christian militia in Michigan into going to what they thought was a memorial service at a warehouse in Ann Arbor  over the weekend, the head of the Detroit FBI told the Associated Press.

Andy Arena, special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI, said the ruse allowed agents to safely draw the Hutaree militia “away from their weapons” so they could be safely arrested, the AP reported.

Nine members have been charged with with seditious conspiracy and plotting to kill law enforcement officers.

After two days of hearings, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Scheer in Detroit is expected to rule on whether eight of the members should be detained pending trial. A judge in Indiana already ruled that the ninth defendant won’t be released.