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Mar 29, 2010 3:59 PM by Melissa Canone

Christian Militia Charged With Conspiring To Kill Police

DETROIT (AP) - 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.
The Michigan-based group, called Hutaree, planned to use the
attack on police as a catalyst for a larger uprising against the
government, according to newly unsealed court papers. U.S. Attorney
Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because its members
were planning a violent mission sometime in April.
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."
Eight suspects have been arrested by the FBI, and one more is
being sought. Of the eight captured, seven were arraigned Monday in
Detroit and ordered held pending a bond hearing Wednesday.
The charges against the eight include seditious conspiracy,
possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, teaching the use
of explosives, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction -
homemade bombs. All seven defendants in court on Monday requested
to be represented by the federal defender's office.
The arrests have dealt "a severe blow to a dangerous
organization that today stands accused of conspiring to levy war
against the United States," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said
Monday.
Stone's ex-wife, Donna Stone, told The Associated Press before
the arraignments that her former husband was to blame for pulling
her son into the Hutaree movement. She said David Brian Stone
legally adopted her son, David Brian Stone Jr., who is among those
indicted. She said the marriage lasted about 10 years.
"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, also was
indicted and is 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. The 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.
Outside Adrian, two ramshackle trailers sat side-by-side on
Stone's property. A long gun leaned against a washing machine that
sat in the yard, and on top of a nearby canister was another long
gun.
Heidi Wood, who lives near the property, said Monday morning she
hears gunshots "all the time."
Her mother, Phyllis Brugger, who has lived in the area for more
than 30 years, said Stone and his family were known as having ties
to militia. They would shoot guns and often wore camouflage, the
women said.
"Everybody knew they were militia," Brugger said. "You don't
mess with them."
In Hammond, 18-year-old George Ponce, who works at a pizzeria
next door to a home that was raided, said he and a few co-workers
stepped outside for a break Saturday night and saw a swarm of law
enforcement.
"I heard a yell, 'Get back inside!' and saw a squad member
pointing a rifle at us," Ponce said. "They told us the bomb squad
was going in, sweeping the house looking for bombs."
He said another agent was in the bushes near the house, and law
enforcement vehicles were "all over." He estimated that agents
took more than two dozen guns from the house.
In Ohio, one of the raids occurred at Bayshore Estates, a
well-kept trailer park in Sandusky, a small city on Lake Erie
between Toledo and Cleveland. Neighbors said the man taken into
custody lived in a trailer on a cul-de-sac with his wife and two
young children.

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