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.“


10 Responses to Militia Raids In Multiple States

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  2. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Brooklyn
    March 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    hey nobody blamed the tea party 😯

  3. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1JandJ
    March 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    No raids on anti-US Muslim sleeper cells who want Americans, including children & women & moderate Muslims, dead? Are these pro-US legal consitutional Christian militias the gov’t is targeting? Did they do something illegal? No bad news ever came from them. We live in a crazy world, the Obama administration seems to have a hatred for Christian. Dispensationalism seems our only hope.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      March 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      Obama, like most moderates in the world have scorn for dangerous extremists of every religious persuasion. It is just easier for people to be vulnerable to fear mongering about extremists and fundamentalists in other cultures, while ignoring the dangers in their own backyard.

  4. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1mackie mccleod
    March 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

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    FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

    Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

    FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women’s lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

    • +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Dufrechou
      March 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Red herring.

    • -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Serena
      March 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

      That is SUCH a stupid argument I don’t know where to begin. There are deviant people in every section of society. To say that “somehow” because one or two of THOUSANDS of federal agents are bad therefore all are somehow bad is DUMB and irrational.

      You know it’s funny, this sounds like the same thing, a particular militia group that is bad-and yet you’ll defend them before your own government and your fellow Americans who may have been in danger because of something they planned.
      Keep defending the bad guys 🙁

  5. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Dufrechou
    March 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hopefully coverage on these, and related stories, will reach mainstream audiences sooner than later–and will reach them widely and consistently.

    The acknowledgment that “terrorist” is NOT a label signifying ONLY islamic fundamentalists, who adhere to political violence, is a cultural meme that definitely needs to affect our global political discourse. The thoughtful, rigorous, and humane universal discussion that the world SHOULD have had after the 9/11 attacks still needs to happen–and happen now, with a definitive follow-though of policy changes across the spectrum of geopolitics, accordingly.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 am

    oh great, pedos with rifles – just what the world needs.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1Matt Jerabek
    March 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    it seems the usa has alot of resources to find some 9 guys, playing army in the woods, while they still can’t find O Bin Laden Hiding, yes this government we have is a cruel joke on the American people.

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