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Hutaree: Why is the Midwest a hotbed of militia activity?
Michigan is second only to Texas in the number of ‘patriot’ groups, including militias like the Hutaree. It has a long tradition of spawning antigovernment groups.
Only Texas, with 57 so-called “patriot” groups, outstrips Michigan’s 47, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., that tracks hate group activity.
Nationwide, the patriot movement has grown dramatically since the election of President Obama. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of such groups increased from 149 to 512, SPLC numbers suggest.
The Hutaree was part of this movement. Nine members of its members were arrested by federal authorities last weekend and charged with conspiring to “levy war” on the United States.
The arrests point to how the Midwest in particular has become a hotbed for patriot activity. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLA
Who are the Hutaree?
The FBI launched raids against a Christian militia group that was reportedly trying to ignite an all-out war with the goverment. Who are they?
Nine members of a Christian militia group known as the Hutaree were arrested over the weekend in a series of FBI raids in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, on suspicion they were plotting to kill a police officer. Various reports say the plan was part of a larger violent strategy and that the Hutaree were “preparing for the Antichrist.” Here, ten key questions about this shadowy Michigan-based group:
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