Monday, March 29, 2010
Christian terrorist wannabes bustedHutaree: Preparing to serve Jesus by mass murder of cops?
At least that's what the FBI is alleging about the nine members of a Christian-themed militia group called "Hutaree" in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio they just busted.
According to this report, 9 Hutaree members face federal charges of conspiracy, attempting to use weapons of mass destruction AnnArbor.com 03/29/10:
A local militia group that twice helped Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies search for missing people had discussed killing a law enforcement officer, then attacking officers who attended the funeral, a federal indictment alleges. ...Cops and prosecutors do make mistakes. And many initial terrorism charges in the last ten years have turned out once they went to trial to be considerably less fearsome than the initial charges sounded. So we'll see what the federal prosecutors can actually document in court.
The press doesn't call groups like this "Christian terrorists". For that matter, the American press is now reluctant to call any domestic group of white people planning violence "terrorists". But this Hutaree group apparently defines itself as specifically Christian. Many American violent "militia"-type groups are influenced by radical religious ideologies like Christian Identity or Christian Reconstructionism. And if what the charges allege are correct, their plan was to kill cops with a political and religious goal.
Here are some articles on the arrest, the Hutaree group and the charges:
Dave Neiwert knows a lot about this violent far-right scene, and has been warning for a while about the effects of increasingly prevalent "eliminationist" rhetoric from conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. He writes about Hutaree in Hutaree militia planned to attack, kill law-enforcement officers and their families Crooks and Liars 03/29/10.
This is a copy of the indictment.
At least El País will call them "Christian extremists": El FBI detiene a extremistas cristianos que planeaban atentados contra el Gobierno por Antonio Caño 29.03.2010. The article itself misunderstands what this type of "militia" group is though.
Happy Easter From the Religious Far-Right: "Christian" Militia Suspected Police-Killing Plot by Frank Schaeffer Huffington Post 03/29/10
Marcy Wheeler summarizes some notable aspects of the Hutaree group: The Militiagan Wolverines Emptywheel 03/19/10.
And Blue Texan in In the Wake of Arrests in Three States, Right-Wingers Rush to Defend Terror Suspects, Criticize FBI Firedoglake 03/29/10 points to a disturbing trend among some prominent rightwing bloggers in response to initial reports about the indictments of would-be domestic terrorists planning to kill cops. Including one from our old friend Donald Douglas of the American Power blog.
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