OK- I thought I'd bring this up in a new thread.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-ap-us-fbi-raids,0,1469341.storyMembers of a rural Michigan-based Christian militia who believed a battle with the Antichrist was coming were plotting to attack police officers in hopes of fomenting a violent uprising against the government, federal prosecutors alleged.
Seven men and one woman believed to be part of the group called Hutaree were arrested over the weekend after raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. A ninth suspect was arrested Monday night after a search in southern Michigan and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.
FBI agents moved quickly against Hutaree because its members were planning an attack sometime in April, prosecutors said. Members had been undergoing paramilitary training, including learning how to shoot guns and make bombs, since 2008, according to an indictment. Authorities seized guns in the raids but would not say whether they found explosives.
Prosecutors said the suspected Hutaree ringleader, 44-year-old David Brian Stone of Clayton, identified law enforcement officers 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.
The indictment said that after the attacks, the group planned to retreat to "rally points" protected by trip-wired explosives for 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 widespread uprising against the government," it said.
FBI officials see little chance that the revelation of the alleged plot will spur other anti-government extremists to launch other violent attacks.
As it shut down Hutaree, the FBI issued a bulletin to police departments saying it has picked up Internet chatter among other militia groups including some expressing sympathy for the suspects but few signs of criminal copycats.
Eight Hutaree members, including Stone, appeared in federal court Monday. They were charged with seditious conspiracy plotting to levy war against the U.S. possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, teaching the use of explosives and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction homemade bombs.