militia

Law
9:58 am
Tue April 9, 2013

2 Hutaree militia members sue authorities over 2010 raids

Hutaree militia patch
Hutaree facebook page

DETROIT (AP) - Two members of a Michigan-based militia acquitted last year of plotting to overthrow the U.S. government have filed a federal lawsuit against three FBI agents and a state police trooper.

Michael Meeks of Manchester and Thomas Piatek of Whiting, Ind., say their constitutional rights were violated during raids on their homes in 2010.

The two Hutaree members as well as three members of Meeks' family filed the lawsuit late last month in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Militia investigation
2:25 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

FBI report sheds light on Hutaree Militia

Photo taken from Hutaree website

DETROIT (AP) - The FBI says the strange name of a southern Michigan militia was made up and has no meaning.

Eight people accused of belonging to Hutaree (hoo-TAR'-ee) face trial in February. A defense lawyer wants to know the names of informants who infiltrated the group. A 2008 FBI report that requested an investigation was filed in court this week as part of the request.

The report says Hutaree was a name created as a joke by a son of leader David Stone. The government claims members were scheming to kill a police officer, then attack the funeral. One pleaded guilty Monday to a weapons charge.

The report first detailed by the Detroit Free Press quotes Stone as saying the government creates disasters so the public will thank it for restoring order.

Politics
11:37 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Video: A visit with Michigan militia members

A Michigan militia member speaking with Rina Miller.
Pete Tombers

Here's a video we produced back in February of 2010.

It gives us a quick look at a militia in Michigan and helps us understand why people participate in militias.

Running themes for participating are a distrust of the government and being ready should society break down.

One member says, "I'm worried about the damage that government interference has done to the economy. How much of your tax dollars are sent to other countries? Countries that people can't even pronounce, so I think you need to narrow taxation down to exactly what's spelled out in the Constitution."

Interviews by Rina Miller and video by Pete Tombers. Michigan Radio's multimedia producer Mercedes Mejia produced the video.

Militia
11:25 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Guilty plea set next week in Michigan militia probe

Joshua Clough following his arrest.
U.S. Marshals Service

DETROIT (AP) - One of nine people charged in an investigation of a southern Michigan militia apparently has agreed to plead guilty next week.

Records show Joshua Clough of Lenawee County is due in federal court next Tuesday to change his plea, three months before trial. He's accused of conspiring to rebel against the government among other charges, but it's not clear what's in his deal with prosecutors. No details were filed.

It would be the first guilty plea since charges were filed against nine people in spring 2010. Trial for the others is set for February.

Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday with Clough's attorney and a prosecutor.

The government claims members of Hutaree were scheming to kill a police officer, then attack law enforcement.

Terrorism
9:54 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Suspected terrorists set for trial this fall in Detroit

Hutaree militia patch
(from Hutaree militia facebook page)

They come from very different backgrounds and different parts of the world.   Members of the Hutaree militia and the suspected Christmas day underwear bomber are set to go on trial.   The Associated Press reports each will be in federal court this fall in Detroit. 

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