Members of the Michigan-based Hutaree Militia allegedly planned to use Improvised Explosive Devices to carry out terrorist styles attacks against law enforcement officials, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. Little is known about this shadowy right-wing Christian militia, but the group was active online. Videos posted on YouTube and Myspace provide glimpses into the violent nature of the militia.
TheÂ Hutaree Myspace page features grainy YouTube videos of what appears to be camouflaged militia members training for armed combat. The militia had a total of 366 friends on Myspace, many of who appear to be members of other militia groups. The identity of the individual or individuals responsible for maintaining the groupâ€™s Myspace page is not revealed. â€œWhite/Caucasianâ€ and â€œChristian â€“ otherâ€ are listed as the group’s ethnicity and religion.
â€œMAY god be with you all good luck Hutaree!â€ a Myspace user posted on the page yesterday. That userâ€™s profile picture depicted a white male bearing a rifle.
A quote from Revelation 22:12-13 appears at the end of one of the Hutaree Militiaâ€™s YouTube videos:
â€œAnd behold I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.â€
The militia also apparently maintained a YouTube Channel, â€œHutareeâ€™s Channelâ€, posting four videos of the group in action. Today, YouTube users filled the channelâ€™s comment section with posts decrying the groupâ€™s violent approach.
The charges against the Hutaree Militia should remind us that not all terrorists belong to Islamic extremist groups like Al Qaeda. Our own recent history suggests that domestic fringe groups and lone wolf extremists are just as likely to attempt to carry out terrorist style attacks in the United States. The crimes of Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski are just a few examples of America’s own brand of home grown terror.
Note: By the time this article was publish Myspace had apparently pulled the Hutaree page from its site.