Christian militia wages war against US Government, seeks weapons of mass destruction

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    Indictment: Militia planned to murder officer, attack funeral
    March 29, 2010 3:22 p.m. EDT

    (CNN) -- "Captain Hutaree," his wife and two sons planned with other militia members to kill a law enforcement official to draw the officer's colleagues to the funeral, authorities say. Then, according to an indictment unsealed Monday, the militia planned to attack the funeral procession to kick off its war against the U.S. government.

    Members of the Hutaree militia -- whose Web site says it is preparing for end times to "keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive" -- have been indicted on five counts, including seditious conspiracy and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction.
    Federal authorities allege militia members had declared war against law enforcement and "foot soldiers" of the federal government. They had conducted "military-style training" in Lenawee County, Michigan, about 35 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio, since 2008, the indictment said.

    The group's Web site outlines the militia's philosophy: "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The only thing on Earth to save the testimony and those who follow it are the members of the testimony, till the return of Christ in the clouds."

    The group's leader, David Brian Stone -- aka "Joe Stonewall" or "Captain Hutaree" -- allegedly planned to kill a law enforcement officer to instigate a war against the U.S. government.

    "As a consequence of this act, law enforcement officers from throughout the nation would be drawn to and gather in the Eastern District of Michigan for the funeral," the indictment said. "According to the plan, the Hutaree would then attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with improvised explosive devices with explosively formed projectiles."

    The federal conspiracy charges say the militia devised several options for killing a law enforcement officer: after a traffic stop, during an ambush in a rural community, or by "luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call." The militia also considered killing a law enforcement official and family members at home, the indictment said.

    The intention of the group was that such acts "would intimidate and demoralize law enforcement, diminishing their ranks and rendering them ineffective," the indictment said.

    The militia would then retreat to a rally point where it would "wage war against the government and be prepared to defend in-depth with trip-wired and command-detonated anti-personnel improvised explosive devices."

    Hutaree members believe, according to the indictment, that their fight would "serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising against the government."

    The government alleges that, in preparation for such an uprising, the militia acquired firearms, ammunition, explosives, uniforms, communication devices, vehicles and medical supplies.
    The militia also conducted military-style drills, including explosives and firearms training, as well as "close-quarter battle drills." Members also prepared defensive fighting positions, including "ambush kill zones" and storage bunkers, the indictment said.

    On February 6, Stone and several others intended to travel to Kentucky to meet with other militia groups, but weather conditions prevented them from reaching their destination. However, according to the indictment, Stone contacted "a person he believed capable of manufacturing destructive devices to provide him with four anti-personnel improvised explosive devices to take with them to the summit."
    The indictment alleges that Stone identified law enforcement officers near his residence -- and one in particular -- as potential targets.

    Stone announced a covert reconnaissance exercise that was scheduled for next month, the indictment said, adding that "anyone who happened upon the exercise who did not acquiesce to Hutaree demands could be killed." The Hutaree Web site's main page, viewed Monday by CNN, announced an April 24 training exercise and asked visitors to "contact headquarters immediately."

    Stone and six co-conspirators engaged in training as recently as February 20, the indictment said, and each used at least one firearm.

    U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade explained the federal raid's timing in a statement announcing the indictment.
    "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."
  2. maxpi


    Whatever happened to "Thou Shall Not Murder"? These guys can't call themselves Christians and be planning murder...

    I'm making a new category in my thinking: Non-spiritual Christians.. why didn't I think of that sooner.. I used to get in some prayer meetings and met people that got out of hospitals, got over all sorts of maladies both physical and mental, got spiritual gifts, got all sorts of wonderful things and some were taken up to visit heaven even!! So I told my Christian friends and they said I was in a cult and they shunned me! They never got off their candy asses to visit the prayer meetings even!!

    Non-Spiritual Christians can say things like "Nuke Iran!!" like that blowhard guy from Texas that has a mega church and was giving his advice to the Bush Jr... how exactly does one go from "God is Love" to "Nuke Iran"? By being non-spiritual, of course! The Scripture says it's spiritually discerned and these people are depending on their intellects, which evidently aren't the best intellects, to boot.
  3. Ricter


    Excellent point, so true, though there was a thread with a brief mention of the difference between religion and spirituality here just a week or so ago.

    Edit: also noted, in the article, not your reply, is the watering down of "weapons of mass destruction".