Militia Raids In Multiple States
The Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Homeland Security, and FBI have begun raids in at least three states on domestic militias. The raids reportedly started Saturday, and took place in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
According to WXYZ Action News in Detroit, “Helicopters were spotted in the sky for much of the night, and agents set up checkpoints throughout the area, including in Sand Creek and Clayton in Lenawee County. Witnesses tell Action News that it was like a small army had descended on the area. A command center, including two satellite trucks and a radio tower, had been set up at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department in Ann Arbor. It has since been dismantled.”
The raids could possibly be targeting a splinter group the Michigan Militia, the group once mistakenly connected to the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, although there is no independent confirmation of this. Their spokesman denies any involvement, and has said the group has not been contacted by the FBI.
There are reports that,“the people arrested in Michigan are from from a group named Hutaree, described as “a Christian-oriented militia group based in Lenawee County [Michigan].”
The Hutatree militia has a website and a forum board. The website states, “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive”. There was no response on their forum board to the reports, although one poster suggested raids were a result of pipe bomb manufacture.
The FBI would not comment on the operation other than calling it “massive” and stating they are serving a number of search warrants. There have been seven arrests.
A conservative website sent out alarmist calls, and asked if the Federal Government was trying to provoke a civil war.
There has been a dramatic rise in so called “Patriot” groups over the last year, with the Southern Poverty Law Center recording a massive 244% rise in these groups last year alone. The SPLC adds, “Militias – the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement – were a major part of the increase, growing from 42 militias in 2008 to 127 in 2009.“