March 30th, 2010
07:55 AM ET

Member: Christian warrior' militia not Christian nor militia

Members of a "Christian warrior" militia charged with plotting to kill police were part of a fringe group that was neither Christian nor a militia, a member of another militia group said Tuesday.

"This is a group that I would classify as neither a militia or a Christian group," said Michael Lackomar, a member of the Southeast Michigan
Volunteer Militia. "They're really a fringe group outside of anything we do.

"They're more of a private army or a terrorist organization or really just a criminal organization."

Federal authorities on Monday charged nine members of a group that called itself the Hutaree militia with conspiring to kill a Michigan law enforcement officer and then kill other police at the funeral.

The group says on its Web site that Hutaree means "Christian warrior" and proclaims on its home page, "Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive."

Lackomar told CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday that five Hutaree members sought refuge this past weekend with a Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia leader because federal authorities were looking for them. The Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia member advised the Hutaree members to turn themselves in so no one would get hurt, Lackomar said.

Federal authorities arrested eight Hutaree members over the weekend. A ninth was arrested Monday night.

The six Michigan residents, two residents of Ohio and an Indiana resident were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena said.

The five-count indictment unsealed Monday charges that the plot started in August 2008.

Attorney General Eric Holder called it "an insidious plan by anti-government extremists."

In the "About Us" section of the Hutaree Web site, the group says, "We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. All
Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded."

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  1. carl sutphen

    Nice to see all the right wing crazies are still out there, amazing how when legitimate conservatives spout there rhetoric these scum always seem to rise up out of the mix. Then after their the knotheads and their insidious plans come to light they disown them, with full knowledge that it was their words that fomented such actions in the first place. Maybe it's time for both sides to ratchet down the rhetoric and stop using combat terms to make a point. Words like target, reload, battleground, ... have no place in legitimate political discourse, unless you are indeed trying to push someone to extreme violence.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. bob

    That won't wash. The Hutare wing nuts differ only in the degree of their extremism from any number of irrational subversives. Whether driven by a hearty dose of hyper-Christ or the voodoo economics of the Teatards, the logical extension of this unconstitutional arrogance is just what we see here.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeremy

    I'm glad these kooks were arrested for what they were planning but I'm curious as to the timing. It would be a shame if Holder was holding on to these indictments for the best political moment. Which I really can't put past this extremely partisan AG. "See America. This is the danger possed from the dissenting 'right'."

    March 30, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dangana Bantaje

    Well it shows that its not just the Arabs or Muslims that are Terrorist in this World. For us to see a Christian group fighting for the seek of religion and in the U.S. it something for the Americans.

    Pls president Obama dont go out to Afgan or Iraq to kill Muslims in the name of war against terrorist but focus on the war at home.

    No media have pronounced them to be terrorist but (Militia).WHY?

    March 30, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |