Michigan militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against govt

Eric Holder’s attempt to offset the never ending list of Islamic terror plots [Forty-Five] against Americans and the U.S. appears to have failed miserably. via Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government – The Washington Post.

DETROIT — A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government’s case against seven members of a Michigan militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members’ expressed hatred of law enforcement didn’t amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case.

“The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level,” the judge said on the second anniversary of raids and arrests that broke up the group.

Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Other weapons crimes tied to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed.

“The judge had a lot of guts,” defense attorney William Swor said. “It would have been very easy to say, ‘The heck with it,’ and hand it off to the jury. But the fact is she looked at the evidence, and she looked at it very carefully.”

The trial, which began Feb. 13, will resume Thursday with only a few gun charges remaining against militia leader David Stone and son Joshua Stone, both from Lenawee County, Mich. They have been in custody without bond for two years.

Prosecutors said Hutaree members were anti-government rebels who combined training and strategy sessions to prepare for a violent strike against federal law enforcement, triggered first by the slaying of a police officer.

But there never was an attack. Defense lawyers said highly offensive remarks about police and the government were wrongly turned into a high-profile criminal case that drew public praise from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who in 2010 called Hutaree a “dangerous organization.”

12 thoughts on “Michigan militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against govt

  1. The only dangerous organization here is HOLDER AND HIS JUSTICE DEPT. About time some judges get it right and SMACK THIS SMUCK down. This ANTI-GUN NUT JOB needs to be removed and charged with the OKLAHOMA BOMBING AS HE WAS IN CHARGE OF A UNDER COVER FBI UNIT that was working with the two who SUPPOSIDLE BLEW UP THE BUILDING. Also an accesory to the fact of the gun running scheme that caused two BP AGENTS DEATH. LOCK AND LOAD.

  2. The only terrorists you’ll find in the US are Islamic scum. Set up intern camps NOW until deportation can be completed for all.

  3. Holder and other obama scum–what can I say; they will willingly kill or imprison their own countrymen to “impress” their muslim overlords!

    What cowardly, slimy traitors.

  4. Hutaree is obviously at least as dangerous an organization as the Islamic Mumbo-Jumbo League.

    In a democracy, dissatisfied citizens are supposed to band together to persuade their fellows to back a candidate for elections, who once in office will remedy the plight they are protesting against.

    Instead of acting openly like citizens of a republic, these Hutaree bozos got together to grouse about the government but did zilch to improve the situation. Perhaps — as the judge said — they never reached the threshhold of actually preparing a coup d’etat, but so what? You can say the same thing of CAIR!

    Hutaree is harmless? In a pig’s eye it is! You can use the same arguments to whitewash Mohammedan fanatics who shrink from actually killing people, but nonetheless act in concert to impose on free Western civilization the harsh rules born of Oriental despotism.

    Stop making excuses for fanatical rednecks! To participate in a democratic society you have to abide by the rules: free discussion and no threats!

    Igor Slamoff

    • You’re saying WE must abide by the rules–always, but do muslims? And how about the muslim wars the West fights for them, (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya etc) Western forces wear uniforms; do muslims? Western forces observe the Geneva Convention rules, do muslims?

      Western forces NEVER target muslim kids, but muslims hold their own kids in front of them as human shields, and of course some of them are killed–so muslims can scream all the way to the totally corrupt muslim controlled UN “Human Rights” (really “muslim Rights”) and then all the brainwashed dhimmis in the West scream: Those damned Yankees, or Jews, or whoever.

      Perhaps, Igor, you should give the matter a little more thought; or maybe you’re on the side of the inbred, 7th century rabble? This is a nasty war; and yes it is a war, and if it continues on with only one side playing by the rules; then you will be a dhimmi–and worse, so will I.

  5. I wonder what the other remaining gun charges are. Personally, I would be elated to see criminal charges brought against that criminal Chicago thug, Eric Holder. It is a deplorable outrage having such a turd at the helm of DOJ. The man is such an obstinate, recacitrant and complete scroat-sac. While they’re at it, they can file charges against “Crook” County’s number one foreign born community organizer, currently “squatting” at 1600 Pennsylvania AVE. Him and his entire cartel.

  6. Why isn’t anyone raising their voice about the FACT that Obama is NOT qualified to be President??? Oh! That’s right! We are all being “re-directed” at more OBVIOUS scenarios. Obama’s “mother” was not old enough to confer qualification of natural-born citizenship to Obama when he was born! How much more OBVIOUS does this have to be???


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  8. Guess what? I followed this incident from the start and the FBI informant was a muslim who also notified the ambulance chasing lawyers at the SPLC and their deep pocket lawyers.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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