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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Christian Militia, At War with Antichrist, Arrested for Plotting Deaths

FBI agents arrested nine people involved in what authorities call a Christian militia group, which was planning an elaborate attack on a police officer, as well as those attending his funeral. The group, known as Hutaree [hoo-tuh-REE], claims to be preparing to fight the Antichrist, but authorities say it was plotting war on the American government. The suspects arrested came from three states: Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, but Hutaree was based in Michigan.

FBI agents allege that Hutaree had marked a local policeman, whom they intended to lure to his death by placing a fake 911 call, attacking his family, or initiating a traffic stop. They would then plant explosives at his funeral. Finally, the outfit would regroup at predesignated "rally points," secured with tripwires, explosives, and booby traps, from which they hoped to outlast police in a violent stand-off. Hutaree's larger plan was to galvanize other extremist groups in launching a large-scale war on the United States government.

44-year old David Brian Stone, aka "Captain Hutaree," is said to be the ringleader. He, his current wife, and one of his sons were among those picked-up Monday, and Stone's other son was arrested today. According to sources, the Stone family and a handful of close friends comprise the entirety of Hutaree. Stone's ex-wife claims her ex-husband lured their sons into Hutaree, and told reporters the organization began as a prayer group, but David Stone "started to take it a little too far."

According to members, "Hutaree" means "Christian Warriors" and is from a language few are privileged to know. Hutaree members were assigned codenames and worked their way through 11 ranks, from "radok" to "gunner." According to its website, the collective's primary goal is "Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive." A page detailing Hutaree Doctrine expounds upon and reinforces this, painting the group as soldiers of Christ, prepared for protracted battle. Above the index page's title rests the quote, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" - John 15:13.

The site contains links to weapons and combat gear dealers, as well as "Information Sources" including extremist, right-wing and religious websites and "news" organizations. It also includes a video, showing members engaged in combat training (they appear to be playing paintball). A scroll above the embedded video reminds visitors that training will begin on April 24th, and urges viewers to contact headquarters.

One 33-year old member claimed he was in contact with the CIA and needed protection from a local crime family. His family had taken away his firearms last summer, and urged him to seek psychiatric help. Another told the judge he could not afford a lawyer because he is "getting raped on property taxes."

Police seized numerous guns and ammo, but would not say whether or not explosives had been found. The wife of one arrested Hutaree member said "there were no explosives" in the home, and told reporters her husband "doesn't even know how" to make explosives. Charges include seditious conspiracy, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, teaching the use of explosives, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Eight of those arrested
will be represented by public defenders - seven of whom are from Michigan, the last being from Indiana. I assume Stone's second son, arrested today, will also be assigned a public defender.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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