Militiamen Wanted to Kill Cops

When federal officials arrested eight Christian militiamen in Michigan over the weekend, there were reports that they were charged with plotting to attack Islamic groups. Those reports were incorrect; they were planning something much larger, what The New York Times calls “an alleged plot to murder law-enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government uprising.” Court filings show that the men planned to kill a police officer and then to use an improvised explosive device like the ones used by Iraqi insurgents to attack the officer’s funeral. The indictment says the group, known as the Hutaree, thought that local and state police were “foot soldiers” for the federal government, which was part of a “New World Order.” One suspect in the plot is still at large.