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Michigan Religious Group Set to Attack Police/ Anti-Christ Messages: “Christians” Gone Too Far?

March 29, 2010

I just knew when the Yahoo article started off listing a “Midwest-based” group for planned attacks on police officers by an alleged Christian group, that the link to Michigan was coming.  Led by a man named David Brian Stone, a.k.a Captain Hutaree, the group was “preparing for the Antichrist” by staging attacks on law enforcement:

Nine suspects tied to a Midwest Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist were charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral using homemade bombs in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Now I know you are wondering how killing police officers prepares one for the advent of the Antichrist, but the news article fails to elaborate on this train of thought.  What the article does say is that the groups were spread over multiple state lines and intent on attacking the US government by interfering with a slain officer’s funeral:

Members of the group, including its leader, David Brian Stone, also known as “Captain Hutaree,” were charged following FBI raids over the weekend on locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

The idea of attacking a police funeral was one of numerous scenarios discussed as ways to go after law enforcement officers, the indictment said. Other scenarios included a fake 911 call to lure an officer to his or her death, or an attack on the family of a police officer.

Once other officers gathered for a slain officer’s funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs at the funeral, killing more, according to the indictment.

After such attacks, the group allegedly planned to retreat to “rally points” protected by trip-wired improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, for what they expected would become a violent standoff with law enforcement personnel.

“It is believed by the Hutaree that this engagement would then serve as a catalyst for a more wide-spread uprising against the government,” the indictment charges.

According to investigators, the Hutaree view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a “brotherhood” and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government.

The indictment charges members of the group conspired “to levy war against the United States, (and) to oppose by force the authority of the government of the United States.”

Since the group already acknowledges “the authority of the government of the United States,” I am not sure why they feel the need to go to war against it, but then again, not much of this story makes sense.

Stone’s ex-wife says this movement started out, ironically enough, this “started out as a Christian thing,” demonstrating even further the danger of religious fanaticism in just about any form:

“It started out as a Christian thing,” said Donna Stone, 44. “You go to church. You pray. You take care of your family. I think David started to take it a little too far. He dragged a lot of people with him.”

Another son of David Brian Stone, Joshua Matthew Stone, is also indicted and currently a fugitive, said Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold.

On its Web site, Hutaree quotes several Bible passages and states: “We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. … Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment.” There’s also a picture on the site of 17 camouflaged men, all holding large guns.

The group didn’t return an e-mail sent by The Associated Press, and attempts by telephone to reach the Stones went unanswered.

FBI agents in Michigan swarmed a rural, wooded property Saturday evening in Adrian, about 70 miles southwest of Detroit. That same night in Hammond, Ind., law enforcement agents flooded a neighborhood, startling workers at a nearby pizzeria. And in Ohio authorities blocked off streets and raided two homes.

Starts with religious fanaticism and ends with guns.  Sounds like that is happening a lot lately.  The Russians have had their subways bombed by fanatics, which left close to 40 people dead.  Since my other post today dealt with charges forming against Catholic officials, including a possible charge against the Pope, for failing to report and covering up for a serial child predator, my feelings on religion today are perhaps not at their Easter best.

The scariest part of this story is that some of these so-called group members are still at-large.  That’s right, police raids failed to catch all of them.  Checking out our back door here…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2010 6:03 pm

    Well, too bad the only “evidence” they were going to do anything comes from an agent provocateur. Someone who is paid to start trouble, spread lies and create havoc.

    The only “source” of this disinfo comes from the media and government both of whom cannot be trusted with the smallest amount of truth. Hell, they outright lie all the time.

    How guilty was Richard Jewel in the end? July4thpatriot? Etc.

    Hutaree were working with the police a week prior to all this and were commeneded for their help. The next week there is a huge conspiracy planned to attack cops at a funeral???? Come on. Are people that gullible? Especially since the government attacked these people while they themselves were at a funeral!

    They have picture on their site of 17 men (what about the women) all holding guns!!! Oh no!!! This can’t be allowed in Nazi Germany. Oh wait. This is America where the socialists have no right to infringe upon the freedoms of others.

    Pure BS and propaganda.

    Tomorrow it will be you!

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      April 26, 2010 6:18 pm

      Hi Mark,
      What will “be me”? The attacks on civil rights? I understand that the media and government both offer misleading information, but I am not sure what you are protesting about. Hutaree was working with the police the week before? If this is true, then it definitely was not represented in mainstream media. Do you have articles in reference to this? I would certainly post them. If Hutaree was a relevant militant unit, whom do you think was responsible for the information leaked to the press about Hutaree members attacking funeral attendants? Who is the “they” to whom you refer and the agent provatcateur? The media? The government?

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