March 29, 2010 - AnnArbor.com - 9 Hutaree members face federal charges of conspiracy, attempting to use weapons of mass destruction
The indictment charges Hutaree is an anti-government extremist organization that advocates violence against local, state and federal law enforcement. Since at least 2008, members have been meeting regularly and conducting military-style training in Lenawee County to prepare for "war with their enemy," the indictment says.
The indictments were released this morning [March 29], two days after numerous raids in southeast Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Among those charged are six Michigan residents, two Ohio residents and one Indiana resident.
The federal indictment charges that the leader of Hutaree David Brian Stone (known as RD), was plotting to kill an unspecified member of law enforcement. It says the plan was to kill an officer and then attack law enforcement vehicles with improvised explosive devices when officers gathered for that officer's funeral.
After the attack, Hutaree members would retreat to one of several "rally points" to wage war against the government and be prepared to defend with "trip-wired and command detonated anti-personnel improvised explosive devices, ambushes, and prepared fighting positions," the indictment says. That action, Hutaree believed, would serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising against the government, the indictment says.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan said in a statement that the Hutaree had "planned a covert reconnaissance operation for April, which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member at risk."
According to the indictment, several local Hutaree members attempted to travel to Kentucky for a summit of militia groups on Feb. 6. David Brian Stone is accused of researching IEDs over the Internet and of soliciting a person to provide four IEDs to take to the summit, the indictment says.
The indictment also charges that members gathered materials necessary for the manufacturing of such devices. It accuses David Brian Stone and David Brian Stone Jr. of teaching other Hutaree members how to make and use explosive devices.
- Detroit News - Militia members sought to 'levy war' against U.S.
- "A scouting mission was planned for April and, if someone had stumbled upon the mission, the Hutaree decided they could be killed, according to the indictment. It was this mission that prompted the raids."
- WXYZ - Massive Federal Raid in Lenawee County
- Toledo Blade - FBI makes arrests in Michigan, Ohio raids - Extremist militia group may be target
- Chicago Breaking News - FBI arrest may be linked to 3-state militia probe
- AnnArbor.com - FBI raids in Washtenaw, Lenawee counties tied to Michigan militia group
- Sandusky Register - Police, federal agents in raids in Sandusky, Huron
- Detroit News - Seven arrested in FBI raids linked to Christian militia group
- Chicago Breaking News - Suburban arrest may be linked to raid on Hutaree militia
- March 25 - AnnArbor.com - Bridgewater Township official turns to militia for help; watchdog groups question decision
- Hutaree.com - Christian Warrior
- About - "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The Hutaree will one day see its enemy and meet him on the battlefield if so God wills it."
- Hutaree forums - overrun by others
- MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/hutaree
- YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/hutaree - They're not squirrel hunting.
- Wikipeda - Hutaree is a Christian militia based in Adrian, Michigan. According to their website, Hutaree means "Christian soldier".
- MichiganMilitia.com - not affiliated with Hutaree
- statement: "Neither MICHIGANMILITIA.COM nor the SMVM have been "raided" by the FBI. We do nothing illegal."