Hutaree Christian militia plotted to kill cops in name of 'top general' Jesus Christ
WASHINGTON - The FBI busted a "radical and extremist fringe group" over the weekend who plotted to kill one cop and then attack more officers at his funeral with bombs and bullets in the name of "top general" Jesus Christ, federal prosecutors charged.
David Stone, 45, of Clayton, Mich., his wife Tina, 44, their 19 and 21-year-old sons David and Josh, along with five other alleged plotters, were all indicted Monday with seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
All were taken into custody in Michigan, Ohio or Indiana but Josh Stone, who remains a fugitive and described as "armed and dangerous" in a Detroit FBI "be on the lookout" bulletin.
Stone may be driving a maroon 1992 Buick Century four-door sedan, the FBI said.
In a disturbing throwback to paranoid militia activities of the 1990s, the Michigan group calling themselves "Hutaree" allegedly discussed numerous ways of attacking the government to stop the "new world order."
Among their ideas was "killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession motorcade with weapons of mass destruction," the indictment claimed.
The Irish Republican Army and U.S. abortion clinic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph pioneered the tactic of setting off a bomb that would draw in first-responders to secondary blasts at the scene.
Prosecutors say the elder Stone - who went by "Joe Stonewall" and "Captain Hutaree" - sought out plans for improvised explosive devices on the Internet and then asked someone to build the devices with material his sons gathered.
The rest of the crew, nicknamed "Mouse," "Mikey," "Josh," "Junior," "Azzurlin," "Guhighllo" and "Pale Horse," boasted that Jesus Christ was their "top general" and posted videos of themselves playing G.I. Joe in the woods in combat fatigues and sighted weapons.
Their insignia was a shoulder patch adorned with a black cross.
"We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't," their web site proclaims.
"We all must know that we all carry a cross and a soldiers' cross is just as heavy as any other."
"This is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society," said top FBI agent Andrew Arena in a statement.
"The FBI takes such extremist groups seriously, especially those who would target innocent citizens and the law enforcement officers who protect the citizens of the United States."