Update at 10:35 a.m. ET: Here's more from the indictment unsealed just a short time ago in Detroit, where nine members of a Michigan-based militia group stand accused of plotting to "wage war against the government":
"The general concept of operations provided that the HUTARE would commit some violent act to draw the attention of law enforcement or government officials and which would prompt a response by law enforcement. Possible such acts which were discussed included killing a member of law enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement and his or her family at home, ambushing a member of law enforcement in rural communities, and killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession motorcade with weapons of mass destruction. These acts would intimidate and demoralize law enforcement diminishing their ranks and rendering them ineffective.
"The general concept of operations further provided that, once such action was taken, HUTAREE members would then retreat to one of several 'rally points' where the HUTAREE would wage war against the government and be prepared to defend in depth with trip-wired and command detonated anti-personnel Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), ambushes, and prepared fighting positions. 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 entire indictment is posted here — fair warning, it's a large file.
The U.S. attorney's press release about the indictment is here.
Update at 10:05 a.m. ET:
Eight people rounded up over the weekend in FBI raids across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana — and one more who remains at large — were plotting to attack and kill a law enforcement officer, then kill other officers as they gathered for their fallen colleague's funeral, prosecutors just alleged.
They have been charged with "seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence," the U.S. attorney for eastern Michigan and the FBI announced in Detroit.
According to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office, forwarded to us by NPR's Ari Shapiro:
"The five count indictment, which was unsealed today, charges that between August 2008 and the present, the defendants, David Brian Stone, 45, his wife, Tina Stone, 44, his son, Joshua Matthew Stone, 21, of Clayton, Michigan, and his other son, David Brian Stone, Jr., 19, of Adrian, Michigan, Joshua Clough, 28, of Blissfield, Michigan, Michael Meeks, 40 of Manchester, Michigan, Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Indiana, Kristopher Sickles, 27, of Sandusky, Ohio, and Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio, acting as a Lenawee County Michigan militia group called the Hutaree, conspired to oppose by force the authority of the U.S. government. According to the indictment, Hutaree members view local, state, and federal law enforcement as the 'brotherhood', their enemy, and have been preparing to engage them in armed conflict.
"The indictment further alleges that the Hutaree planned to kill an unidentified member of local law enforcement and then attack the law enforcement officers who gather in Michigan for the funeral. 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. Subsequently, and in furtherance of this plan, David Brian Stone, the Hutaree's leader, obtained information about such devices over the internet and emailed diagrams of such devices to a person he believed capable of manufacturing the devices. He then had his son, Joshua Matthew Stone, and others gather materials necessary for the manufacturing of such devices. ...
"As of this morning, eight of the nine defendants are in custody and seven of them will be making their initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer at 10 am. Joshua Stone is currently a fugitive. Any person with information as to the whereabouts of this individual should contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (313) 965-2323."
Our original post: "Militia That Says It Was Raided Has Vowed To Defend Against 'Anti-Christ' ":
As prosecutors prepare to bring seven suspects to court today, a Christian militia group called Hutaree says it was one target of FBI raids conducted in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio over the weekend.
The Associated Press adds that spokeswoman Gina Balaya of the U.S. Attorney's
office in Detroit says the suspects have a 10 a.m. ET hearing before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer. According to the AP, "she had no further information on the seven or what charges they faced."
But, the AP also reports:
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. ... They said their property in southeast Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Lackomar said.
"They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide," he said. "My team leader said, 'No thanks.'"
According to the Detroit News:
A member of the controversial Michigan Militia said Sunday that the Hutaree is a nationwide organization with an ardent following in Adrian, 10 miles from the Ohio border just west of Detroit. "Their philosophy and ours differ in many ways, so we don't do a whole lot with them. They are too extreme or radical for us," said Jim Gulliksen, coordinator of the Lenaway Volunteer Michigan Militia with membership of about a dozen in the Adrian area. "I just kind of got a bad feeling about the group and we did not want to associate with them. They are a little too paranoid for me."
MichiganMilita.com has posted this notice on its website:
"Neither MICHIGANMILITIA.COM nor the SMVM have been 'raided' by the FBI. We do nothing illegal."
Hutaree's website is here. It opens with this: "John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
On the group's "about us" page, it says, in part:
"We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. All christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded. ... Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."
And there's this Hutaree video on the site: