A Deeper Look At Hutaree
Updated On: Apr 02 2010 12:13:46 PM EDT
Hutaree Planned Violent Police Attack:
The Hutaree are self-proclaimed "Christian warriors" who trained themselves in paramilitary techniques in preparation for what they say on their Web site is a battle against the Antichrist.
On it's Web site, the group says it will be "prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't."
On the group's Web site, the forum page is still active and members continue to post.
Also, the group has added training videos on YouTube.
To see the videos, click here.
Authorities said Joshua Stone and his father, David Stone Sr., led the Lenawee County-based group that had plotted to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more by bombing the slain officer's funeral -- all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the government.
The group claimed that police officers were nothing more than foot soldiers in a foreign controlled army and that they wanted to eliminate about 500,000 officers through death or intimidation.
Federal authorities had been monitoring the Hutaree members for some time, but decided to take them down over this weekend after learning of an imminent threat to police.
FBI agents moved quickly against Hutaree because its members were planning an attack sometime in April, according to federal documents. Members had been undergoing paramilitary training, including learning how to shoot guns and make bombs, since 2008, according to an indictment.
"They possessed them (bombs). They trained with them. We believe that was a big step in furtherance of carrying out their plot. It was more than just talk," U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade.
Brian David Stone Jr. was the bomb expert, his brother was a squad leader and their step-mother worked with communications.
Authorities seized guns in the raids but would not say whether they found explosives.
Much of the equipment was homemade and clothes pins were used in the bombs. Also they looked up how to make bombs on Wikepedia, according to prosecutors. David Brian Stone Sr. would steal road signs and cut the metal into discs to make shrapnel.
A handful of the group's members were arrested without incident during a Hutaree meeting Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Authorities chose that time and place because they knew it would lessen the chance that other people would be around.
Hutaree said on its Web site its name means "Christian warrior." The group quotes several Bible passages and declares: "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."
The Web site does not list specific grievances against law enforcement and the government.
The site features a picture of 17 men in camouflage, all holding large guns, and includes videos of armed men running through the woods. Each wears a shoulder patch that bears a cross and two red spears.
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