March 29, 2010

AP Sources: Hutaree Militia Were Plotting to Kill Cops?

Such is the claim, but does it really make sense?

People familiar with the case against seven suspects arrested by the FBI this weekend say the case revolves around a plot to kill police officers.

Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that members of the group in the Midwest had planned multiple attacks on police officers or other law enforcement personnel as a way of acting out their hatred for the government.

From what I've read of the Hutaree and similar groups, they see the federal government as their enemies. They tend to champion local and state governments having more authority. Members of this same cult recently helped a nearby militia conduct search and rescue operations at the request of local law enforcement. This claims doesn't seem to make sense.

Another theory postulates that the group was plotting to attack Muslims, though there has been precisely zero evidence of that displayed, either.

The seven Hutaree arrested over the course of the weekend have a court appearance scheduled for later today. Perhaps then we can find out precisely what they were arrested for, and whether or not federal law enforcement was justified in such a massive display of manpower for so few suspects.

An identically-sized domestic terrorist cell was successfully apprehended in Willow Springs, NC without the massive show of force authorities used in this tri-state raid. Both groups were religious extremists with large caches of weapons intent on holy war.

So why were their arrests so radically different?

Some have posited that perhaps federal authorities were attempting to provoke a response from other militias known to be active in the area. Until there is some explanation by authorities as to why such a greater show of force was warranted in this more recent arrest, we have no way of proving these theories wrong.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 29, 2010 09:34 AM

What we might be seeing here is a return to the Clinton era of Ruby Ridge and Waco. I want to wait before I rush to judgment, although many news outlets, including Fox, are reporting that this militia planned to use IEDs against the police in order to force a confrontation with federal authorities. I have my doubts.

Posted by: templar knight at March 29, 2010 10:08 AM

The militia members are being tried in the press and being tied to the tax protesters. The propaganda ministry of the Obama administration, also known as ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, will determine what you should think about this, and they will tell you. Until then, don't worry about it.

Posted by: Jim at March 29, 2010 10:17 AM

as shown in Waco, dems will go for overkill and the big show instead of carefully planned simple takedowns. The Waco Wacko was known to jog the perimeter and would have been an easy grab, but Clinton, Reno, et al had to go for the Big Impressive takedown and botched the job.
At least this time they didn't kill a bunch of innocents for no reason other than looking impressive.

Posted by: JP at March 29, 2010 10:40 AM

The released reports on this are strange and conflicting. It seems that one member called a Muslum for help who has his own group. He was turned down. I don't care for people being attacked in this manner by the government unless they are part of a group with a track record, like the Muslums, who are actively caring out their avowed mession. If a pattern begins with these people then that is another thing, unless I am targeted.

But, I agree with your assessment. Most people that I know who would take such a stance are all for local law enforcement. They would take their violence to Washington.

Posted by: David at March 29, 2010 11:01 AM

Maybe D'Ohbama can't do anything about that pesky 2nd Amendment just yet, but he can't let anybody get too organized out there...

Posted by: Diogenes Online at March 29, 2010 11:04 AM

You guy do know that a whole lota fokes when mobile over the weekend across a very wide region "just in case" this was another waco et-all. This could have turned out really bad. It is only going to take one of these stunts going bad to cause a lot of hart ache. This what happens when the basic trust between a growing portion of the population and the government is lost. This odds on these types of situations blowing up into larger problems is going to grow as healthcare, amnesty, and the rest of the agenda is rolled out....

Posted by: s4r at March 29, 2010 11:41 AM

Ruby Ridge happened in August 1992, Clinton did not have anything to do with it. His inauguration was in January 1993.

The President at the time was George Bush.

Posted by: Michigan Mark at March 30, 2010 06:13 AM

Thanks for that correction, Mark. I should have looked at the dates before I commented. I still stand by my conclusion about the Clinton era overeation to groups like the Branch Dividians, which could have been taken down by arresting Koresh on one of his morning runs rather than a military-style shootout that left several people dead.

Posted by: templar knight at March 30, 2010 09:26 AM