0310 CDT: I was awakened and briefed on this report.
FBI Conducts Raids
Last Update: 2:12 am
(WXYZ) - The FBI was conducting raids Saturday night at multiple locations in southeast Michigan.
Action News has learned Homeland Security and the Joint Anti-terrorism Task Force is also involved in a major operation.
Federal officials would not say who they were targeting or where, but the FBI has set up a command center at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department in Ann Arbor, where they have brought in two satellite trucks and a radio tower.
Agents have also obtained search warrants and multiple arrests have been made.
There are some very good people I know who are near and dear to me who live in this area.
Very good people.
I am unable at the moment to contact them.
If the FBI has targeted them on some set-up bullshit (which they would never participate in), they have just handed us Fort Sumter and kicked off the next American civil war.
No more free Wacos.
If any Irregular has any more information on this, drop me an email immediately.
As for the rest of you, look to your AOs and keep your powder dry.
LATER: 0330 CDT. Sketchy information by phone from news sources indicates that this is "militia related." If it is who I fear it is, the ball has just opened. Wait for confirmation.
LATER: 0345 CDT. Finally made contact with the folks who are "near and dear" and these raids are not, repeat not, apparently targeted at them.
I am awaiting further briefing from the Wolverine state, but this brings up an important point. Back in the 90s (which with the perspective of history seems bucolic and benign compared to today) at a certain point the FBI became very solicitous of what the constitutional militia folks thought and we would get contacted whenever a situation seemed about to boil over (the Montana Freemen, the "Republic of Texas," etc.)
It would be very smart on the part of someone at Main Justice to adopt this policy once more. If we are to avoid civil war -- assuming Holder & Co. view that as a desirable thing -- we do not need a dropped beer bottle hitting the floor leading to a reflexive gunfight in the saloon at seven yards range. We do not need a spasm.
We need, once more, adult supervision of the Three Letters and a little communication.
LATER: 0520CDT. Found that there are also raids in Ohio.
0527CDT: Raids in Indiana as well.
0530CDT: Rumor it is related to "anarchist militia."
0535CDT: Then we have this overheated horseshit from Mark Koernke:
SITREP LISTEN NOW
[04:13] I just left a shouting match about 20 minutes ago with a little over a hundred militiamen who are on the move right now. The arguement was over not if but rather where to hit them. Trying to calm them down was useless and they are not going to let this lie. They will identify the straglers or pickets first and wipe them out. By what the radiio crew said the recon teams have all of the hiddy holes
[04:14] …IDed for those they moved in and the group is infiltrating to site as we speak. I hope the locals are smart enough to step out of the way.
[04:16] this is interesting for we may have live vids from the epicanter as it developes.
LATER: 0625CDT. It seems that the Hutaree may be the target of these raids. Here is their website. Be interesting to check out their "Evil Jew Forum," but it is members only.
0635CDT. More melodrama from Disinformation Specialist Mark Koernke:
[04:34] mark_Koernke_ sorry about that , just got off one of our back up phones with another militia unit commander. His first comment was “Well Mark, I guess that we aren’t going to chirch this morning.”
[04:35] mark_Koernke_ He then told me that as he was packing up his LBE and weapons into the armored truck he has that he asked his wife to bring the congregation together to say a prayer for the militia that may be going to war this sunday.”
[04:37] mark_Koernke_ His wife was crying in the background(I could hear her) and he said he had kissed his children good by and was now going out the door. He is a two war vet and young. He has killed many times before and she knows his moods
[04:39] mark_Koernke_ she is a good woman with two young sons. they are all supportive of the militia.
[04:40] mark_Koernke_ By what I understand the unit commander on the ground and the coordinator is the 4th RCT CMM second company commander. Good man and level headed.
[04:41] mark_Koernke_ He put out a notice that if they decide to attack they will not talk to the other side before hand or try to “talk things down” He is a good warrior and a BULL HEAD. I do not think that he will take ANY prisoners either
[04:42] mark_Koernke_ He was there in 1972 for the second tet offensive
[04:51] mark_Koernke_ We are starting to pick up some of the MIloitia Battle Chatter on the marine/CB and other freqs
[04:51] mark_Koernke_ …Militia..
[04:52] mark_Koernke_ by the meter readings I’d say they are fairly close to the area of interest
LATER: 0655CDT. In a possibly related development, we have this recent story about previous militia work with township officials in Washtenaw County.
0710CDT. Sandusky OH raids apparently related. Ohio Defense Corps is ally of Michigan Hutaree. ODC members at Sandusky.
0727CDT. Some of you may remember a previous run-in I had with the Hutaree.
0820CDT. Email from a responsible militia leader in Michigan:
Some of my boys are night owls, too. They had the original story....stayed vigilant...didn't call out the troops or anything like that. A couple might have wiped down their rifles and checked their packs, though. :-)
All is well here at 0855EDT.
UPDATE: 0824CDT. As near as I can determine, there have been no shots fired as yet in this incident.
0852CDT. Here's my take on these raids so far, and I hope to Hell the Three Letters get this message before they do something stupid. I am going to repost this above.
As near as I can determine, no shots have been fired, no one has been killed and no houses or churches have burned down. I know that muster alerts have gone out to units all over the country, and people are getting ready and awaiting further word.
But here's the deal, Feds. If you kill anyone or burn somebody's house or church down with them inside, you will have started a civil war, no matter how despicable the Hutaree are, or how crazy, or how provocative. If that happens, there will be NOTHING responsible leaders of the constitutional militia movement will be able to do from our side to stop it. You will have crossed the Rubicon.
The Hutaree have indicated in the past that, much like John Brown, they WANTED to start a civil war, which is why no responsible militia group in Michigan was willing to ally with them.
But if you give them what they want, there will be nothing anybody else can do to stop it, you stupid blundering bastards.
May God have mercy on our country, its arrogant government and uncomprehending people but in any case, may God save the Republic.