June 15, 2010

Hutaree Update by Chuck Baldwin, 5/14/10 ~punishing people because of their speech or political associations seems to be exactly where America is heading.

> Hutaree Update
> By Chuck Baldwin
> May 14, 2010
> This column is archived at
> http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=1561
> With much media fanfare, 9 members of a Michigan militia were arrested last
> March and charged with "seditious conspiracy"--specifically, plotting to
> murder law enforcement officers. Ostensibly, this was supposed to
> precipitate some kind of wholesale revolt against the government. Question:
> Have any of you heard anyone from the propaganda press corps (national news
> media) tell you what has been happening with this case? No? Did you not
> wonder why? Well, I'll tell you why: the case has fallen apart.
> The first indication of the Feds' case going bad was a local report in the
> Toledo (Ohio) Blade, dated April 28, 2010. "An FBI agent who led the
> investigation of nine Michigan militia members charged with trying to launch
> war against the federal government couldn't recall many details of the
> two-year probe yesterday during questioning by defense lawyers.
> "Even the judge who must decide whether to release the nine until trial was
> puzzled.
> "'I share the frustrations of the defense team . . . that she doesn't know
> anything,' U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said after agent Leslie
> Larsen confessed she hadn't reviewed her notes recently and couldn't
> remember specific details of the case."
> See the report at:
> http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100428/NEWS02/4280343/-1/rss
> Can you believe testimony such as this was given in a court of law by a
> supposedly intelligent federal officer--an agent who had supposedly compiled
> the evidence that was used to arrest and incarcerate these supposedly
> "dangerous militia members"? If it wasn't so serious, this would be a joke!
> Remember that it was a federal informant who had infiltrated the group and
> even offered to teach Hutaree members how to make improvised explosive
> devices. On this point, William Grigg wrote, "While federal prosecutors have
> provided ample evidence that members of the Hutaree are passionately
> anti-government--what decent person ISN'T--they haven't been able to
> demonstrate that the group did anything more than engage in survivalist
> training and indulge in apocalyptic rhetoric." (Emphasis in the original.)
> As a result, Judge Roberts found the government's case sorely lacking.
> "Discussions about killing local law enforcement officers--and even
> discussions about killing members of the judicial branch of government--do
> not translate to conspiring to overthrow, or levy war against, the United
> States government," she wrote, ordering that the Hutaree suspects be
> released on bail.
> About which, Grigg wrote, "Since the federal case against the Hutaree rests
> entirely on what was SAID by the suspects, rather than anything specific
> that was DONE by them, it's difficult to see what's left of it [the case]."
> (Emphasis in the original.)
> See Grigg's column at:
> http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/57041.html
> But then again, punishing people because of their speech or political
> associations seems to be exactly where America is heading.
> Remember that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is famous for supplying
> Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fusion Centers and State law
> enforcement agencies with warnings against people due to their political
> beliefs (pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, anti-United Nations, anti-New World
> Order, or anti-illegal immigration, for example), their associations
> (Libertarian or Constitution parties, for example), or even who they voted
> for (Ron Paul, Bob Barr, or Chuck Baldwin, to be precise). Previous reports
> even identified people as "dangerous" because of the books they were
> reading. (Tell me, again: this is the United States and not Nazi Germany,
> right?)
> Now consider the statements of US Congressman Andre Carson (D-Indiana), who
> likens Tea Party protesters to "a terrorist threat."
> Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket recorded Rep. Carson as he explained
> it all:
> Kerry Picket (Washington Times): "Do you think the people outside [Tea Party
> protesters] are generally dangerous or no?"
> Rep. Carson: "Oh, absolutely. I worked in homeland security. I'm from
> intelligence, and I'll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal
> security . . . I mean terrorism has an Islamic face, but it really comes
> from racial supremacist groups. (inaudible) It's the kind of thing we keep a
> threat assessment on record [for]."
> Larry O'Connor at BigGovernment.com then wrote, "And we can now see this two
> pronged message continuing in the narrative from Democratic politicians and
> the media: The Tea Party protests are really about white rage and they are
> sowing the seeds for domestic terrorism. This was the message delivered by
> Rep. Carson that afternoon and that is the message the media has run with.
> "Only problem is, we can't find any proof to back up Rep. Carson's story."
> See the report at:
> http://tinyurl.com/teaparty-terrorism
> The truth is, if the federal government and its prostitutes at the SPLC have
> their way, ANYONE COULD BE IMPRISONED FOR ANYTHING! Don't believe physicians
> should destroy human life in the womb? You're a terrorist. Don't like the
> United Nations? You're a terrorist. Believe immigrants should come through
> the front door when migrating to America? You're a terrorist. Voted for Ron
> Paul? You're a terrorist. Believe in the return of Jesus Christ? You're a
> terrorist. Ad infinitum. Ad nauseam.
> Again, maybe this helps explain why all those (non-existent) FEMA camps are
> being built!
> In my initial column on the Hutaree raid, I wrote, "Did 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."
> See my column at:
> http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=1177
> Well, the facts are beginning to come out: The FBI agent who brought the
> charges against these self-professed militia members made a complete fool of
> herself under oath in a court of law. She presented zero evidence to
> indicate that the Hutaree posed an imminent threat to anybody. Now that the
> judge has released the Hutaree members from jail and rebuked the agent for
> presenting such inept testimony, we'll see if the Feds decide to pursue the
> case any further. Again, as Will Grigg said, "Since the federal case against
> the Hutaree rests entirely on what was SAID by the suspects, rather than
> anything specific that was DONE by them, it's difficult to see what's left
> of it [the case]."
> However, the bigger question is, How far will Big-Government toadies try to
> take this Nazi-like philosophy: that anyone who believes in limited
> government and freedom, and who rejects their sanctimonious attitude and
> bullying is a "dangerous terrorist"? And even greater is the question, How
> long will the American people put up with it?
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