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Much to the chagrin of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a federal judge has cleared the members of a Michigan militia who were accused by federal law enforcement agents of conspiracy to commit sedition.
you didn't hear much about this ruling from the national press corps,
here is one online version of the report:
members of a Michigan militia have been cleared of plotting to
overthrow the U.S. government as a judge dismissed the most serious charges
a shock defeat for federal authorities, District Judge Victoria Roberts
said the group's expressed hatred of law enforcement did not amount
to a conspiracy.
FBI secretly planted an informant and an agent inside the Hutaree
militia in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video
that became the cornerstone of the case.
officials had insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists
poised for war.
the judge said: 'The court is aware that protected speech and
mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however,
they do not rise to that level.''
Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges:
conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and
conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.
weapons crimes linked to the alleged conspiracies were also dismissed."
At this point, I believe it is necessary that I review a column I wrote on April 6, 2010, regarding the Hutaree militia raid. As you read the words that follow, please remember that they were written TWO
AGO--almost to the day.
column starts here] I want to try and expound on William Norman Grigg's
outstanding analysis of the Hutaree militia raid. In doing so,
I am going to also expand upon Grigg's reference to James Madison's
trenchant treatise in Federalist 46.
Referring to the federal indictment against the Hutaree militia, that alleged members were making preparations for potential armed conflict against law enforcement officers as a "seditious conspiracy,"
astutely noted, "If they were acquiring weapons and developing appropriate
skills in anticipation of defending themselves against government
aggression, their actions--while possibly conspiratorial in nature--don't
amount to a crime. This is particularly true in light of
our cultural history, in which sedition--agitation to change the existing
political order--is our proudest civic tradition."
Grigg then rightly observes, "Government is nothing more than the rationalization and exercise of violence. Everything done by government contains at least the implicit threat of lethal coercion.
the indictment's description of Hutaree as 'an anti-government
extremist organization which advocates violence against
local, state and Federal law enforcement' is a product of rhetorical
onanism [from Genesis 38:9--a great analogy, Will]."
a general rule, government is the most violent force on the planet.
If one wants to get a true perspective on the historical record
regarding who or what routinely produces the most violence and death,
one should pick up a copy of R. J. Rummel's book, "Death By Government."
Since the end of World War II, Communist China and Red Russia
lead the pack when it comes to death and brutality; however, the
US government has inflicted its share of carnage as well. For example,
in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, the government in Washington, D.C.,
has killed over 800,000 civilians (and this figure is a conservative
estimate noting the most credible resources possible).
does anyone remember the violence that our federal government enacted
upon the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas? Does anyone remember
the mother shot in the head while innocently holding her little
baby in her own home by a federal sniper near Ruby Ridge, Idaho (after
her small son was shot in the back by federal agents)? In fact, the
list of civilians who have been killed by federal law enforcement agents
over the years is a very long one. Granted, many of these killings
were done in lawful self-defense; but others amounted to nothing
less than old-fashioned murder (and never was the federal agent
who committed the murder ever brought to justice).
one wants to indict an "organization which advocates violence,"
then surely the central government in Washington, D.C., should
Hutaree members were indeed planning AGGRESSIVE violence against anyone--in
the government or without--they deserved to be stopped. If, however,
they were simply preparing to DEFEND THEMSELVES against government
overreach or abuse--and would only resort to violence in an act
of lawful self-defense--they committed no crime and are but the most
recent victims of federal abuse of power. This is a question that will
doubtless be determined in a court of law.
charge, however (as the indictment does), that Hutaree members (all
9 of them!) planned "to levy war against the United States, to oppose by force the authority of the
Government of the United States
. . ." will take some doing to make stick. As Grigg points out,
"If Hutaree was preparing for armed DEFENSE against criminal actions
by government officials, this charge is as pointless as a broken
pencil. If their efforts to 'prevent, hinder, and delay' various
government initiatives were confined to activism, rather than armed
conflict, they are--in that particular--not substantially different
from hundreds or thousands of other groups."
entire case against Hutaree appears to be based upon the testimony
of an FBI undercover agent inside the group. Placing agent provocateurs
inside groups such as Hutaree is a classic strategy of federal
police agencies. This part of the story was broken by the Wall Street
the WSJ report at:
agent provocateurs is a long-favored tactic of both the Kremlin and
the White House. Joel Skousen's latest WORLD AFFAIRS BRIEF contains
an extremely trenchant and insightful analysis of how Russia and
the US have used--and continue to use--this tactic.
writes, "A related tactic is the hiring
of agent provocateurs to infiltrate a group targeted for destruction
and induce radical elements of that group to perform crimes
against innocent civilians that will justify armed retaliation or
arrest. With the sudden surge in claimed terrorism in Russia and the
arrest of the radical Hutaree group in the US, it is helpful to review
the role of false flag terror attacks in Russia and the role of agent
provocateurs in the US as we analyze what's really going on."
Skousen further states, "As we move on to discuss the arrest of the radical members of the Hutaree cult in Michigan, it is important to note that virtually every prosecution of so-called domestic terrorism in the past decade is owed to the infiltration of FBI informants. While none of us in America dispute the need to gain intelligence on
threats to national security, we have to question the propriety of
training and pressuring informants (most of which have been forced to
accept the informant assignment in lieu of a prison term for other crimes
committed) to provoke and induce angry and unstable dissidents to
commit acts of terror.
too often, FBI 'informants' have been pressured by superiors
to go far beyond informing. They have provided weapons, explosives,
and even acted as the guiding hand to map out the strategy and
tactics for performing the deed. These things only come out reluctantly
during trial, and even then I suspect that we are never allowed
to know the full extent of these provocations."
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addition, Will Grigg states that another major component of the indictment
that is worrisome is the charge that Hutaree is guilty of "seditious
conspiracy." As Grigg writes, "Whatever is eventually learned
about Hutaree, as things presently stand the indictment against
it could provide a template for 'seditious conspiracy' prosecutions
involving practically any group that endorses the use of defensive
force to protect citizens against government aggression.
the definition of 'conspiracy' used in the Hutaree indictment
could make a criminal out of anyone who reads Federalist Paper
46 in public, thereby sharing James Madison's commendably seditious
admonition that the people preserve 'the advantage of being
armed' in the event that insurrection against the central government
proves necessary in order to preserve liberty."
look a little closer at Federalist 46, written by Founding Father,
author of the US Constitution, and America's fourth President,
James Madison. In dispelling the fears of colonists toward a
standing federal army, Madison said in Federalist 46, "Let a regular
army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and
let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still
it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments,
with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger.
The highest number to which, according to the best computation,
a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed
one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth
part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would
not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five
or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia
amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their
hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for
their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing
their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether
a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion
of regular troops."
went on to say, "Besides the advantage of being armed, which
the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation,
the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are
attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier
against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any
which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding
the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe,
which are carried as far as the public resources will bear,the
governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
Madison be any clearer? He (and the rest of America's founders)
emphatically expected the militia of the "several States"
to be universally armed against the potential encroachment on
liberty by the central government, meaning: the citizenry must at all
times be prepared to use their arms against any aggressive nature of
the federal government to trample their freedoms.
of course, reinforces the founders' intent, that the 2nd Amendment
protected the right of the people to keep and bear arms for the
express purpose of providing the citizenry with the capability to repel
(with violence) any assault against their liberties by their own federal
pray tell, would today's FBI categorize James Madison's statements
in Federalist 46 as "seditious conspiracy"? If so, perhaps
we are closer to tyranny than any of us wants to admit!
it is not lost to millions of Americans that this is the same
federal government (through Department of Homeland Security fusion
centers) that just recently characterized pro-lifers; people who
support the 2nd Amendment; people who oppose the United Nations and
illegal immigration; people who voted for Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin;
and Iraq War veterans as "extremists" and potential "dangerous
once again, the federal government--along with their propagandists
in the major news media, including its artificial authority
on militias, the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
in Montgomery, Alabama--is able to use the Hutaree militia to demonize
militias in general, and even more damaging, to try and destroy
the concept of constitutional State militias in the minds of the
members of the Hutaree intend to carry out aggressive violence against
law enforcement personnel? I have no idea. Until this story broke
in the national media, I had never heard of this group. I will wait
for the facts to come out--if indeed the federal government and national
media even allow the facts to come out.
do know this: I do not trust the federal government to tell the truth
about anything! They did not tell the truth about the Branch Davidians
at Waco; they did not tell the truth about Randy Weaver; they
did not tell the truth about Gordon Kahl; and, if their track record
is any indicator, it is doubtful that they are telling the truth
about the Hutaree militia. But we shall see.
the meantime, as William Norman Grigg opines, "There's reason to
believe that the Feds have expanded and escalated this ongoing enterprise
to exploit, and exacerbate, growing public hostility toward an
increasingly invasive and esurient government.
"Whether it is ever demonstrated that Hutaree intended to 'levy war' against the U.S. government, this much is beyond serious dispute: The Homeland Security state is unambiguously preparing for war with the public--in fact, it has been doing so for a long time."
column ends here]
invite readers to visit William Norman Grigg's blog at:
now in 2012, the facts have all been laid bare. The Hutaree militia
was innocent of the federal government's conspiracy charges, and
the federal government, once again, did not tell the truth. And, furthermore,
the words written by yours truly and Will Grigg seem even more
relevant today than they did two years ago, do they not?
closing, let me be very clear about this: I have nothing but appreciation
and respect for honest, God-fearing law enforcement personnel.
I count law enforcement personnel among my kinfolk, and I feel
very privileged to have been made an honorary deputy sheriff by my
former county sheriff. I certainly share no anti-law enforcement prejudice.
But the current trend to militarize and federalize law enforcement
is both unconstitutional and alarming. Even more alarming is
the manner in which the federal government and its toadies at the SPLC
are attempting to criminalize the expressions of freedom and constitutional
government--the same words, thoughts, and ideas expressed
by America's Founding Fathers. To quote myself, "So, pray
tell, would today's FBI categorize James Madison's statements in
Federalist 46 as 'seditious conspiracy'? If so, perhaps we are closer
to tyranny than any of us wants to admit!"
the meantime, congratulations to federal District Judge Victoria Roberts
for representing the court in a manner consistent with the founders'
intentions: by using the gavel as a hammer to protect liberty
rather than as a rubber stamp to dismantle it--as so many federal
judges are inclined to do these days.
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