Barbara McQuade, the U.S. attorney leading the prosecution against a Michigan militia group said Tuesday:
"The time had come that we needed to arrest them and take them down," McQuade told The Associated Press in an interview at her office."
Members had been undergoing paramilitary training, including learning how to shoot guns and make bombs, since 2008, according to an indictment. Nevertheless, we are to believe that the critical moment for the Federales to "take them down" arose a couple of days after the passage of the Federal healthcare takeover bill was signed into law. Hmmm.
"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."
Those ideas are legal in this country. I might add they are not particularly threatening.
The militia group, which called themselves the HUTAREE, were the holders of a number of curious notions to be sure, and the schemes mentioned in the indictment were pretty crazy.
For insistence, according to the indictment:
"The general concept of operation further provided that once such action was taken HUTAREE members would retreat to one of several rallying points where the HUTAREE would wage war against the government and be prepared to defend in depth…"
Absolutely preposterous. Could anyone seriously believe that a group of nine individuals could attack US law enforcement officers and then fall back to a rallying point where they could wage war (?!) against the government and defend in depth? It sounds like something out of a computer combat sim game, where everything is in the here and now and there is no big picture.
Meanwhile, in southwest Texas,
"The Department of Homeland Security sent out a security alert to all men and women in uniform to be careful and advise their families to take extra precaution. Barrio Azteca gang members say they plan to kill law enforcement officers in the El Paso area as retaliation, the department said.
Last week, the FBI and DEA conducted a sweep of Barrio Azteca members, resulting in the arrest of dozens alleged gang members. The gang has ties with the Juárez drug cartel and is under scrutiny for its possible involvement in the murders in Juárez of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate. FBI officials said the threat is uncorroborated but want to warn officers anyway."
What appears to be a far more serious threat, and a far more restrained response by the Federales. The FBI warned local officers. Why the difference, one wonders.
Politically it all works out very nicely for Janet Napolitano – some might say a little too nicely. The actual threat the Hutaree posed is dwarfed by their political usefulness to the Democrats in power in their ongoing efforts to criminalize opposition to their actions.
Regardless of the schemes hatched in the fevered mind of one David ‘Joe Stonewall’ Stone in a back road double-wide in Michigan, the very real threat to the freedoms guaranteed to the people of our nation are stemming from the expansion in size and reach of the Federal government in Washington DC.
Change you better believe in.