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

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.”

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