Not guilty pleas were entered Wednesday in federal court in Detroit on behalf of eight militia members accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the federal government.
"This is not about militias or a group of militias, but about a group conspiring against the U.S. who have shared beliefs that the New World Order elitists are in charge and seek to have one world government and is working with the U.S. government," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet in his opening statement. "Any law enforcement officer is a foot soldier for the New World Order."
Throughout the proceeding, none of the eight defendants spoke. The seven men wore orange jumpsuits and the lone woman a green jumpsuit; all of their legs were shackled. Each stood silently next to their court-appointed attorneys as the judge entered pleas of not guilty on their behalf.
- CNN's Drew Griffin and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this story.