Janet Napolitano: Keeping Us Safe From Captain Hutaree
posted at 6:20 am on March 30, 2010 by Mitch Berg
It irritates me to have to continually say it – as if by omitting the disclaimer, I’m endorsing it – but please, people. No violence.
I say that because, naturally, if I don’t someone will accuse me of grabbing Grampa’s Garand and heading into the north woods, ready to shoot at revenooers.
At any rate, kudos to federal law enforcement and all, and goodnesss knows that’s going to come out at trial, but if the news reports are any indication, Big Sis has just “protected” us from the Keystone Militia:
In an indictment unsealed Monday, prosecutors said the group began military-style training in the Michigan woods in 2008, learning how to shoot guns and make and set off bombs.
Shooting guns? You mean, like about 50% of the American people do?
I know; intent matters – the AP’s breathless, panicky delivery aside.
David Brian Stone, 44, of Clayton, Mich., and one of his sons were identified as the ringleaders of the group. Stone, who was known as “Captain Hutaree,” organized the group in paramilitary fashion and members were assigned secret names, prosecutors said. Ranks ranged from “radoks” to “gunners,” according to the group’s Web site.
I’m going to guess they had a secret handshake, to help them tell who was the mole, too.
Prosecutors said Stone had identified certain law enforcement officers near his home as potential targets. He and other members discussed setting off bombs at a police funeral, using a fake 911 call to lure an officer to his death, killing an officer after a traffic stop, or attacking the family of an officer, according to the indictment.
Now, when I first read that bit – that the “militia” planned to draw law enforcement into a huge ambush – I thought “this could have been a serious bunch of people”. That’s a classic guerrilla tactic.
Why, in the hands of a ruthless, competent insurgency…
After such attacks, the group allegedly planned to retreat to “rally points” protected by trip-wired explosives for a violent standoff with the law.
…oh. Never mind.
No confirmation on whether they planned to paint huge targets on their foreheads, or go into action with central lines already inserted for the lethal injections.
Hutaree says on its Web site its name means “Christian warrior” and describes the word as part of a secret language that few are privileged to know.
Oddball internal rituals and ranks.
Inscrutably bobbleheaded strategy.
Janet Napolitano just rounded up the Scientologists.
Of course, this is no laughing matter; threatening to “levy war” is a big deal.
And it’s even less a laughing matter that our government feels the need to make a huge splash over Captain Hutaree and his Christian Avengers at a time when Congress’ Democratic Caucus is actively slandering dissenters with an overwrought, and curiously coordinated, campaign of finding “violence” and “threats” and “racism” under every rock (for which, somehow, no indictments exist; also evidence, other than the kind of thing every dogcatcher and sports reporter in America gets as part of the job).
Fearless prediction: Look for a brow-furrowing “investigation” of “militias” by Ann Curry.
UPDATE: None of this should be read to imply I’m being the least bit flip about plots to murder policemen. There was an 18 month investigation; plotting to kill police is serious business, no matter how – what’s the word – deranged? The Hutarees will get their day in court, and it’d seem they deserve it.
Like the “Fort Dix Six” a few years ago, it’d seem the Hutarees were stacking up to be fairly incompetent terrorists – but incompetent terrorists can still kill peole.
And it would have been wrong to have used the “Fort Dix Six” as an excuse to repress American Muslims, or to smear their politics.
Cross-posted at Shot In The Dark.