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Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia in the Midwest are charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement people, federal prosecutors said Monday. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because the Hutaree members were planning a violent reconaissance mission sometime in April — just a few days away. Members of the group called Hutaree are charged in the case, including their leader, David Brian Stone, also known as "Captain Hutaree." Once other officers gathered for a slain officer's funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs at the funeral, killing more, according to newly unsealed court papers. The indictment includes charges of seditious conspiracy, possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, teaching the use of explosives, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — homemade bombs. The indictment charges members of the group conspired "to levy war against the United States, (and) to oppose by force the authority of the government of the United States."
I support any and all militia movements and groups provided they follow the laws set forth to govern them. When they step outside of that perimeter, and no longer think the rule of law applies to them
Originally posted by LatentElement
These guys were not what most would consider a militia group.
Originally posted by CX
Would they let themselves be "taken" as easy as this?
Pretty much goes against everything they trained for doesn't it?
Originally posted by muzzleflash
I bet this is the EXACT reason why these militias are going to start declaring war on the .Gov.
Because the .Gov thinks they can kick down anyones door, arrest anyone, and charge them with "Defying the Authority of the US Govt".
It is going to be so funny when push comes to shove...
Originally posted by hadriana
Well, I read the same story as everyone else and I still think this is not so much a crime on the part of some citizens as much as it is a message on the part of the govt.
In the criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future, and, in some cases, with at least one overt act in furtherance of that agreement. There is no limit on the number participating in the conspiracy and, in most countries, no requirement that any steps have been taken to put the plan into effect (compare attempts which require proximity to the full offence). For the purposes of concurrence, the actus reus is a continuing one and parties may join the plot later and incur joint liability and conspiracy can be charged where the co-conspirators have been acquitted or cannot be traced. Finally, repentance by one or more parties does not affect liability but may reduce their sentence.