Wait a minute ... I thought there was no such thing as conspiracy ...

Nine Christian Militia Members Charged With Seditious Conspiracy, Attempted Use Of WMD

"Six Michigan residents, along with two residents of Ohio and a resident of Indiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence," according to the government's press release, which you can read in full below.

The Hutaree members allegedly "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."

That attack, in turn, would spark a more widespread Harper's Ferry-style uprising against the government, according to the "general concept of operations" described in the indictment.

It's far from clear how close the alleged plot was to fruition.

Michigan.J.Blogger wrote a post on this earlier (No Matter What, Hutaree Raids Will Be Spun Against Christians), but until now, I've just been watching some of the news as it pops up. I still don't know exactly what's going on.

The first thing that comes to mind however, is Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the Mormon Ranch raided in Texas a couple years ago.

Truth is, nobody knows what's going on with this raid on the Hutaree militia. But that's not stopping people from using the incident to try and score political points.

In the Wake of Arrests in Three States, Right-Wingers Rush to Defend Terror Suspects, Criticize FBI

You can click over and read the link yourself. It's not worth quoting.

The government engages in nefarious acts and mass murder all the time (not to mention they lie). So why anyone would immediately jump on the government bandwagon, is beyond me.

If the people arrested were nuts and criminal, that's why we have courts. But from what I can tell so far, nobody committed an actual crime.

Maybe it was a thought crime? Maybe these Hutaree members were set-up by the feds? Maybe it's another Ruby Ridge?

The Hutaree Arrest and Getting Tough on Terror From Left and Right

The indictment on the Hutaree "militia arrests" is out. From my read, even taking every word in it as gospel, it sounds like these guys were angry loudmouths who fantasized too much to someone who turned out to be a federal informant or agent, but who they thought was a potential comrade who might help them obtain some explosives.

I may be wrong on this, the government will have its opportunity to prove its case in court, and the defendents will have their opportunity to, well, defend themselves. (I have written and blogged in the past on the generally weak nature of the government's past highly publicized "domestic terror" busts.) It is way too early to decide exactly how much of a real threat to other people's lives and property these guys were.

Another Federal Set-Up

Today, the vast and wealthy DC Militia did what it loves doing most, swooping in to arrest Americans talked into dangerous talking. Apparently the 101st Airborne was not involved in the mopping-up operation, though I am not sure. Who can doubt that the nine people arrested were talked into their exploits (of speech, not action) by agents provocateurs? The media are all googly over it—Christian militia members planning to use WMD (oh sure) to overthrow the government. Too bad the nine did not pay attention to what Jesus said about the use of the sword, but did pay attention to agents counseling violence. But again, all the Michigan Nine did was talk: these guys had a website, and played in the woods. Rachel Maddow of MS-GE delightedly explained tonight that those arrested did not actually have to do anything to be found guilty. So these working-class Americans are to be put in super-max government cages for the rest of their lives, except when they are being raped or treated in the single-payer prison medical system, for “seditious conspiracy,” a concept beloved of totalitarian regimes.

Welcome to the Police State of Amerika, where you don't have to be found guilty to be raided and get locked-up.

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  • chuck cross

    Got to love that in some local paper like AnnArbor.com, on an article about the militia guys aiding the locals, appears good ole' Mark Potok of the Southern (wtf, Michigan?) Poverty Law Center like a bell tolling at twelve to denigrate and sow the seeds of doubt about any of these people.

  • ruralcounsel

    We have a week or two of the Administration huffing and puffing about right wing extremism and inciting violence, as a means to distract the public from the fact they just voted us all into indentured servitude to Red China and trying to shut up the critics.

    Then, miracle of miracles, a group they've been monitoring with informants for over two years reaches the oh so convenient point of needing a highly publicized raid and subsequent arrests on charges of "domestic terrorism". As if that supports and justifies all their posturing and righteous indignation.

    If anyone believes there wasn't something suspicious about the timing of all this, have I got a deal for you. Cash only.

    I suspect there are dozens of such groups always being monitored, ready to be trotted out for convenient show-raids, as a means of keeping the rest of us non-Leftists off balance and responding to their charges, instead of pressing ahead and holding the government accountable for all their un-Constitutional shenanigans. This is pure Alinksy theatrics. If this group didn't exist, Obama would have created it.