"Six Michigan residents, along with two residents of Ohio and a resident of Indiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence," according to the government's press release, which you can read in full below.
The Hutaree members allegedly "planned to kill an unidentified member of local law enforcement and then attack the law enforcement officers who gather in Michigan for the funeral."
The indictment continues: "According to the plan, the Hutaree would attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with Improvised Explosive Devices with Explosively Formed Projectiles, which, according to the indictment, constitute weapons of mass destruction."
That attack, in turn, would spark a more widespread Harper's Ferry-style uprising against the government, according to the "general concept of operations" described in the indictment.
Take look at these revolutionaries. See any Middle Eastern types?:
These "patriots" i.e. terrorists are of the Christian sort, at least that the religion they've twisted just as surely as Al Qaeda twists Islam to justify their violence. I can't say I feel the least bit sorry for the elders, neither the dad nor mom at the top or the gents at the other three corners, or kook #3 in the bottom row. I wonder about the two younger gents remaining, as they may not know the full extent of what they've gotten themselves into. There's another son of the psycho couple on the loose, but I imagine he'll be caught soon. Maybe burn down a barn first? I'm guessing the other son (top row, third from left) will start singing like a canary in return for favorable sentencing.
This is no "isolated incident," as a Tennessee man has just shown:
A Tennessee man authorities say is a white supremacist has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and dozens of other black people in 2008.
Authorities have described the two as skinheads who planned a cross-country robbing and killing spree that would end with an attack on Obama.
I particularly like the swastika on the shoulder:
And there's even been an arrest made in a threat against a Republican. A Jewish Republican, to be sure, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA):
A 38-year-old Philadelphia man was charged today with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a profanity-strewn YouTube video that has since been pulled down.
In the video, Norman Leboon says Cantor will "receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."
With something so close to home maybe help Cantor to see the light and work hard to tone down his party's rhetoric?
After all, his fellow GOoPer, extremist superstar Sarah Palin, has put targets on Democrats, and lo, attempted violence to the Democratic headquarters in her home state:
After logging some threatening phone calls last week, staffers on Sunday found that someone attempted to shatter one of the floor-to-ceiling windows at their prominently labeled office.
"We are on heightened alert and will be taking extra precaution," Patti Higgins, chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic Party, told me in an interview today. "I'm not going to say I think it was tea partiers or Republicans, but I think the heightened rhetoric out there will encourage people will go out and think it's okay to 'send a message' and be angry."
Higgins said it seemed "coincidental" the incident happened over the weekend, as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was declaring that Republicans should be the party of "Hell no" at a political rally in Nevada. "These are violent words: 'Fire 'em all, take 'em out,' and put together they fit into a pretty cohesive running theme that is fairly violent," Higgins said.
I advise the right to follow the example of the Republican National Committee and take it easy. Sit back, relax and maybe enjoy some topless lesbian bondage simulation.
You know, family values.