FBI’s Weekend Raids on Militia Groups Targets Hutaree, Christian Anti-Christ Soldiers
March 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-An Adrian, Michigan-based Christian militia group, named Hutaree, was among the militia groups targeted by the F.B.I. in several weekend raids that also led to arrests in Ohio and Indiana. Multiple news outlets are reporting that at least seven people were arrested, possibly for manufacturing pipe-bombs or plotting against Muslims. The federal charges won’t be unsealed until the militia members appear in court on Monday. But all of the attention has been focused on the strange “Colonial Christian Republic” group Hutaree, which is preparing for the Apocalypse as heavily armed soldiers battling the anti-Christ. “Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment,” reads the group’s Web site.
CNN reported the F.B.I. confirmed that the raids have nothing to do with recent threats against Congressional lawmakers or terrorist plots. Other than that acknowledgment, F.B.I. officials are saying very little about the weekend raids on militia enclaves. Detroit FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold told the Detroit Free Press, “We can confirm that there were law enforcement activities in the Lenawee/Washtenaw County area, but “the federal warrants are sealed and we can not comment at this time.”
The two most well known militia groups in Michigan, Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia and the Michigan Militia, claim they were not a target of the raids. And according to an Associated Press report in the Houston Chronicle, members of Hutaree contacted the Michigan militia for help, as member’s homes were raided:
“Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, said one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, a Christian militia group, who said their property in southwest Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.” “They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide,” Lackomar said. “My team leader said, ‘no thanks.’”
“The team leader was cooperating with the FBI on Sunday, Lackomar said. He said SMVM wasn’t affiliated with Hutaree, which states on its Web site to be “prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t.”‘
But Lackomar admitted that a number of Hutaree militia members have trained with his group in the past three years. The Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia holds monthly training and survival sessions in the Michigan woods.
According to reports, the F.B.I. made an arrest in Northeast Illinois on Sunday and additional arrests in Huron and Sandusky, Ohio. The raid in Sandusky occurred at the Bayshore Estates trailer park.
The raids and arrests have caused a panic in the underground militia movement. The Web site Daily Kos grabbed an audio clip from militiaradio.com, recorded on Sunday, warning of armed retaliation in response to the F.B.I. raids:
“There are many units in motion out there right now. They’re on the expressway, although not many of them are lumped up, they know how to move tactically. So I have to warn everybody that we are still in a probable, well, let’s put it this way, possible escalation of action. If the aggressor proceeds with anything, chances are you’re gonna hear pop-pop, boom-boom on the horizon.”
The main speaker in the radio clip is Mark Koernke, a long-time militia extremist, who came to the attention of authorities after the Oklahoma City bombing.
The Web site of Hutaree is chock-full of radical paranoid language and ideology, regarding the end of times, the anti-Christ and, includes a mark of the beast watch, heavily focused on micro chips becoming implanted in our brains. The group’s motto is emblazoned on its home page: “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” Further statements about Hutaree’s mission, also stress armed preparation for the end of days:
“We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming.”
The Hutaree Web site also contains videos of the group’s militia activities. One video shows the heavily armed group shooting rifles from the side of a car. And another, depicts a military exercise, in which the burning United Nations flag is replaced with the Hutaree “Colonial Christian Republic” flag. All of the videos are set to heavy metal rock music.
More, as this story develops.
(Update: MSNBC is reporting that the seven militia members were arrested for plotting to murder local law enforcement officers. They also planned to use homemade bombs to kill additional law enforcement officials, while they attended funerals. The seven are due in federal court in Detroit within the hour.