Sealed warrants. Raids. Searches. A small army of helicopters swarming. Neighbors shocked to find that it is Janet Napolitano's lucky day because those right-wing Christians are misbehaving, just as she said they would. Allegedly, the arrests are of members of a group known as Hutaree, are a part of something known as the Colonial Christian Republic, and are described as a Christian militia. But there is far more to this story. The Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR) has made a statement, and a woman "on the run" has left a message of intrigue - complete with the FBI hijacking the website of another militia. See Update 3-29-10 below.
While warrants are sealed and the names of the arrested are unknown, someone knows something because "a network journalist" called CAIR executive director, Dawud Walid -- while he attended a banquet and the "network journalist" knew enough to make the Muslims in the banquet hall "gasp" when Walid told the crowd of "alleged threat against Muslims." I'll make a prediction that someone from a Michigan mosque went to the FBI. Am I jaded? Probably. Maybe not.
But remember, you and I know next to nothing - but the "network" journalist knows enough to call CAIR.
The raids by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force and Homeland Security, were a part of an investigation in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, with arrests made in Adrian, Michigan, and others in Ohio and Illinois.
Detroit News says the group describes themselves as "Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ." And the story is, Hutaree (meaning Christian soldier) made a threat, or threats against some Islamic organization.
Reports make it obvious that authorities prepared to battle these "Christian soldiers."
WXYZ-TV reports that helicopters were spotted in the sky for much of Saturday night, and agents set up checkpoints through the area. Witnesses told the station that it was like a small army had descended on the area.There are official Michigan militias: Michiganmilitia.com and The Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. Neither of these groups were a part of the raid. A spokesman for Michiganmilitia.com, Mike Lackomar, said he was told by "other militia members" that the:
"FBI targeted the Hutaree after it's members made threats of violence against Islamic organizations.
One of the Hutaree members called a Michigan militia leader for assistance Saturday after federal agents had already began their raid, Lackomar said, but the militia member -- who is of Islamic decent and had heard about the threats -- declined to offer help. That Michigan militia leader is now working with federal officials to provide information on the Hutaree member for the investigation, Lackomar said Sunday.
"They are more of a survivalist group and in an emergency they withdraw and stand their ground. They are actively training to be alongside Jesus," he said.The Michigan Messenger is reporting a Hutaree member (Anna) whose home was raided by the FBI is on the run with her child. She allegedly placed a message on a message board:
The Federal Authorities have raided not only our group but also the Michigan Militia. They had hijacked their website and placed word there that they were not raided.
We need some help please. This has to stop. I am enroute south with my children using the wifi's as I can.
They were catching others as they came to their rallying points, they broke into homes and took children and used the tasers on wives, my son who is 12 and I got out by crawling through the creeks behind our house.
My husband and others are taken, please call the press and tell them, if any in the Michigan Militia is still free please rally with them. Please help.Well, yeah, I bet there is a lot of enthusiasm for "rallying" with a Michigan militia group.
The Hutatree website shows the photo above, and a video on the homepage shows members running through the woods, shooting from behind a dilapidated auto...etc. On their 'About Us' page, it begins with this statement:
As Christians we all are a part of the Souls of the Body of Christ, the one true church of Christ. Not any specific man made building or any man controlled organization. This is the belief of the Hutaree soldier, as should the belief of all followers in Christ be.The website has a little bit of rock and roll on a webpage identified as Poker Face's Patriot Rock, and if you watch the video, the song begins with "I'm not a Democrat or Republican." Under a sources link, as few interesting ones are WorldNetDaily, Financial Times, Asia Time, Jack Van Impe Ministries, The European Union Army, and others. A page titled Misc. Links shows The Patriot Broadcasting Network (Liberty Tree Radio), and militias in Michigan, Ohio and Idaho. There is an open forum link. The website has John 15:13 displayed at the top: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
David Stone is the Hutaree Leader Charged with Seditious Conspiracy
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My original reporting: Christians Make Janet Napolitano's Day: Hutaree Christian Militia Raided: CAIR Involved