Nine members of a Michigan-based anti-government militia that posted its military exercises on the Internet and allegedly plotted to kill police officers were indicted in Detroit on Monday on conspiracy and weapons charges.
The indictment said the Hutaree, which describes itself as a “Christian warrior” group, viewed all law enforcement as the enemy. It said members planned a violent act to get the attention of the police, possibly by killing an officer at a traffic stop, then attacking the funeral procession with explosives.
via Militia members indicted on conspiracy, weapons charges – latimes.com.
One of the disturbing things about this group is that it comes from the same area that produced Timothy McVeigh. I went to grad school in Michigan – I can’t believe all this craziness was going on around me. I saw a lot of devastation and despair when I visited various de-industrialized cities around Detroit – places where the factories had shut down – the city centers almost unbroken expanses of shuttered businesses and empty sidewalks, large houses on the leafy residential streets boarded up and graffitied. Cities and towns that had been killed, gutted by globalization, changes in production, the breaking of organized labor in the US. Zombie cities – dead, but lurching around in some horrific parody of life, under the motive power of crack, cheap alcohol and desperation.
But how do these racist black helicopter nutters come out of all that? What I would expect are people like me – angry left-wing revolutionaries. Clearly, something to ponder for anyone serious about positive social change.
The arrests of members of a Michigan-based “Christian” militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism — and potential violence — in the Age of Obama.