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In March 2010 they were charged with plotting to murder a police officer and then bomb the resulting funeral in order to kill more police officers, who would almost certainly be attending their fallen colleague's remembrance. Somehow killing police officers would cause all of America to rise up and install a Christian Theocracy. Instead of, you know, causing everyone to hate them because they killed cops and bombed a funeral.
They contacted other militia groups in the area for support and to have a safe house. The other militias turned them in as bombing a police officer funeral was too extreme for even the craziest militia.
One member also believed in a chain email that said that Obama was spending 20 million dollars to move Hamas over to America. (See link below)
The Hutarees were acquitted of most charges in February 2011. The judge believed that the impotent right-wing fantasies of heroism were not to be taken seriously. Most of their weapons were even returned.
- Yes, they had a website, it's gone now, but preserved on the Wayback Machine, complete with apostrophe error.
- One of the reasons they committed their acts. (broken link)
- "US 'Christian militants' charged after FBI raids." BBC News. 2010 March 30.
- Chris McGreal. "Christian militia members held for plot to kill policeman and bomb funeral." The Guardian. 2010 March 29.
- Bill Berkowitz. "Tim LaHaye's Apocalyptic Dreams Hits Pay-dirt With the Alleged Cop-Killing Plan of Michigan Militia." The Smirking Chimp. 2010 April 24.
- wmholt. "The Hutaree Militia and the 'Left Behind' Video Games." Daily Kos. 2010 March 31.
- Maud Newton. "Is the Hutaree Militia the Final Word in Lunacy—or Just the Beginning?" The Awl. 2010 March 31.
- United States v. Stone (E.D. Mich. Jan. 30, 2012)
- FBI returns guns to ex-Hutaree member, Tina Stone says jobs scarce despite acquittal. Archived from the original at wxyz.com, 9 February 2013.