Saturday, October 10, 2020

Michigan Terrorist Militia Tries to Kidnap Governor Whitmer

So this happened:

A group caught by the FBI plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wanted to take her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin and try her for treason, officials said. 
Federal and state authorities have charged more than a dozen people in connection with a scheme to abduct Whitmer from her vacation home and hold her hostage, according to a criminal complaint.

Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft were named in the criminal complaint. 
Charges were later announced against Paul Bellar, Shawn Fix, Eric Molitor, Michael Null, William Null, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison. Through confidential informants and undercover agents, the FBI monitored the plot for several months, and one of the plans discussed by the group involved what to do with Whitmer after the planned kidnapping, court documents reveal.

On July 27, an FBI informant met with Fox at Fox’s business in Grand Rapids, officials said. The informant was secretly recording audio from the meeting. Fox told the informant that their best opportunity to abduct Whitmer would be as she arrived at or left the vacation home or her official summer residence, authorities said. Both residents are in the Western District of Michigan. “Snatch and grab, man,” Fox said, according to the audio tape. “Grab the f****** governor. Just grab the b****, because at this point, we do that, dude, it’s over.”


So this is just another reminder that even as conservative media and politicians fulminate against terrorism from THEM the real danger is often coming from white conservatives themselves. Think about this. People (allegedly) actually planned to kidnap the governor of my state, abscond with her to Wisconsin and try her for treason.

And to make matters even more comical one of the group's fellow travelers, Barry County Sherriff Dar Leaf, defended the alleged criminals by saying that perhaps they weren't trying to kidnap the governor but instead just arrest her, which as far as he was concerned was completely legal. Now why do I know that the portly Sherriff wouldn't have such an expansive view of citizens arrest if the next Black man he pulls over instead promptly produces a gun, points it at his fathead and places him under arrest?

As others have said there are a lot of people out there who when faced with the choice between upholding the democratic process or using violence to protect their perceived status will make the latter choice. And they are armed. I think this country is getting closer and closer to splitting apart.
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