At least seven people, including some from Michigan, have been arrested in raids by a FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana as part of an investigation into an Adrian-based Christian militia group, a person familiar with the matter said.
The suspects are expected to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Monday.
On Sunday, a source close to the investigation in Washington, D.C. confirmed that FBI agents were conducting activities in Washtenaw and Lenawee counties over the weekend in connection to Hutaree, a Christian militia group. Detroit FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold told The Detroit News the federal warrants in the case are under court seal and declined further comment.
Sources have said the FBI was in the second day of raids around the southeastern Michigan city of Adrian that are connected to a militia group, known as the Hutaree, an Adrian-based group whose members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.
WXYZ-TV reports that helicopters were spotted in the sky for much of Saturday night, and agents set up checkpoints throughout the area. Witnesses told the station that it was like a small army had descended on the area. The Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are also involved in the raids.
Mike Lackomar, of Michiganmilitia.com, said both The Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia and the Michiganmilitia.com were not a part of the raid.
Lackomar said he heard from other militia members that the FBI targeted the Hutaree after its members made threats of violence against Islamic organizations.
“Last night and into today the FBI conducted a raid against homes belonging to the Hutaree. They are a religious cult. They are not part of our militia community,” he said.
Lackomar said he was told there were five arrests Saturday and another five early Sunday. The FBI declined to comment.
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 survivalist group and in an emergency they withdraw and stand their ground. They are actively training to be alongside Jesus,” he said.
Sources from the Michigan militia community said one of the FBI raids took place Saturday during a wake for a Hutaree member who had died of natural causes. A Hutaree leader was arrested during the wake while at the same time agents were conducting raids at other locations.
The Associated Press is reporting that FBI spokesman Scott Wilson in Cleveland said agents arrested two people Saturday in northwest Ohio. A third arrest was made in Illinois on Sunday, a day after raids in northwest Indiana.
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations of Michigan, made an announcement Sunday during the group’s 10th anniversary banquet about receiving a call from a network journalist about the alleged threat against Muslims.
“Don’t allow this news to scare you away from practicing your faith,” said Walid.
Audible gaps were heard throughout the banquet hall when the news was announced. Walid said he will call local authorities about more information on the allegations. He urged local Muslims to recommitt themselves to their faith in light of the accusations.
David Shepardson and Oralandar Brand-Williams contributed to this report.
What’s the difference between a group of guys that are self-professed Christians with guns and a Street Gang? No-one raids a street gang. Yesterday, the FBI raided a group calling itself the Hutaree militia. The reasons given?
1. They made threats against a Moslems.
I visited their website forum and all I found was a thread critical of Jews but nothing about Moslems. I also visited the links they cite and could find no evidence of any anti-Moslem sentiment. The group also promotes a band called “Poker Face“. Their blog also seemed innocuous enough.
The group does have a page entitled “Beast Watch“, in which they link to stories about the coming “New World Order”.
From what I could see, they are a group of people that believe that the Apocalypse is upon us and they organized to fight against its implementation. I could find no evidence that they are taking the offensive. The fact that the FBI is using “sealed indictments” could be indicative of flimsy evidence not worthy of the public eye.
As far as “making threats”. What context were they made in?
2. They were manufacturing “Pipe Bombs”.
If this is the case, is it worthy of a “sealed indictment”? Inner city gangs are reportedly equipped with everything from plastic explosives to bazookas. Yet, they are free to run the inner city, run their members for elected office, infiltrate the military and local police forces without so much as an “unsealed indictment” from the FBI.
Assuming they were manufacturing “pipe bombs”, why not just confiscate them and prosecute the offenders without hiding behind “sealed indictments”?
Speaking of militias, the Amish also believe that the Apocalypse is nigh. They reject modern technology, talk about the “Beast” of Revelation and own guns. Are they next?
3. Is this an attempt to incite the militia community?
Some believe that this raid will be followed by a “False Flag” terrorist attack that will then be blamed on the “Militias” as an act of retaliation for this raid. Kind of like “programmed multiple” and intelligence asset Timothy McVeigh’s claim that he was retaliating for “Ruby Ridge”.
If this is the case, then look for a quick end to our “Right to Bear Arms” in the United States. A slew of new “Patriot Acts” and Executive Orders will gut what little rights we have left in America.
Think Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Mao and other New World Order military puppets and you will see why these people do not want you owning guns. An armed populace is the primary defence against tyranny.
If the Second Amendment to the Constitution dies it will be a fatal blow to the entire document. It does no good to proclaim our rights without the necessary force to guarantee that those rights are not taken away.