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Janet Napolitano: Keeping Us Safe From Captain Hutaree

posted at 6:20 am on March 30, 2010 by

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.

Secret languages.

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.

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Yes, Mitch, a bit interesting on the timing. They’ve only been on this for a couple of years, I heard this morning.

JamesLee on March 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Pfft. Their description reeks of exaggeration for the purpose of cheap scaremongering.

Militias are the one of the left’s favorite bogeymen; they’re on the verge of outright extinction. I’m more likely to get struck by lightning than shot by one of those Yankee Doodle Ding-dongs, despite all the hype.

This is the legal equivalent of a stereotypical ‘fish story’. The tale-tellers are making it sound like they caught a Great White shark…but all they really got was a baby pike.

Dark-Star on March 30, 2010 at 9:50 AM

The press has been calling them a Christian militia and CAIR is worried about this group. The feds have thrown up a lot of charges and I’ll bet most of them get thrown out before trial ala James O’Keefe, unless they find out Stone attended a tea party and sent money to SarahPac.

Kissmygrits on March 30, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Seen this movie before. It gets re-released every time a democrat president needs a distraction.

Curmudgeon on March 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Pure distration. Juan Williams even jumped on the bandwagon last night equating Tea Partiers with Timothy McVeigh.
This militia does sound a bit out there and they do deserve their day in court but we’ve got nut balls threatening the lives of Cantor and his family and a dead rancher along the southern border that need a litle militia like coverage.

ORconservative on March 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Hutaree or Fuqarwi…as in “Where the Fuqarwi?”

The_Basseteer on March 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Hutaree or Fuqarwi…as in “Where the Fuqarwi?”

The_Basseteer on March 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Offhand, I’d say in a load of trouble. 😉

Dark-Star on March 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

The threat the Hutaree posed should not be misunderestimated. Don’t you people recall KSM’s website? Oh wait…..

roy_batty on March 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I have no sympathy for these numbnuts, just as I have none for the two dingbats pleading guilty to plotting to kill the president in TN, I believe.

The 9/11 plotters, if caught well before they executed their plan, probably would have looked like a bunch of loons too. C’mon, they were taking jumbo jet flying lessons without the sessions involving landing the aircraft? What a bunch of maroons, as Bugs Bunny would say.

Extremism takes many guises. I thank our law enforcement community for remaining vigilant to threats. These folks will get their day in court.

GnuBreed on March 31, 2010 at 2:51 AM

The main difference between this and the 9/11 plot is largely in our nation’s own history.

Our government has, repeatedly, placed agent provocateurs in organizations to both create such plots and gather evidence on everyone else. I think there were six or seven such involved in trying to get something on the Branch Davidians.

There were none among the 9/11 plotters. There were none in the Fort Dix Six.

Even under nominally Republican presidents the FBI and Justice Department take a very dim view of any American citizens who might have a plan for dealing with an out of control government. It should not be a surprise that they will spend an inordinate amount of resources against U.S. citizens.

The U.S. citizens speak only English. They usually don’t have a very hard culture to assimilate. They are often forgiving of “beginners”.

It would not shock me to learn that there were 10 FBI agents on the membership roles of this “Hutaree” bunch, outnumbering the number of currently indicted people.

Having skepticism in regards to government charges is not just sound but is born out by many recent examples. Recall how the same FBI smeared the poor security guard who spotted the Olympic Park Bomb. They “leaked” that he was the one who put it there WITH NO EVIDENCE. They destroyed a man who was truly a frippin’ hero.

They tried a similar smear campaign against one scientist they accused of being the Anthrax Mailer. They, once more, destroyed someone whom they had no evidence against. In BOTH of the above cases they now say the guilty party was someone else.

In BOTH cases someone who was totally innocent was destroyed by this FBI, this Justice Department. The same un-elected officials who didn’t get fired for committing evil are still in their jobs and can commit evil again and again.

“You can indict a ham sandwich” is a common legal statement and until I start seeing some real transparency I’m thinking that this suspiciously timed set of arrests is no more than a ham sandwich.

Hyunchback on March 31, 2010 at 8:45 AM

A federal prosecutor says an undercover agent infiltrated a Christian militia group that authorities say plotted to incite violent revolt, and that the agent built explosives under the direction of the group’s suspected ringleader.

Read more:

The AP story backs up my skepticism.

Hyunchback on March 31, 2010 at 4:40 PM

This was an interesting article Mitch. I am having a hard time refraining from saying you are clearly a punk. If you are going to write like a trite, insipid American hating Liberal, why don’t you just migrate to the other side Pal.
Update: This was in no way meant to convey anger and contempt for someone who would trivialize a conspiracy to kill Americans.

Observation on March 31, 2010 at 6:07 PM