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F.B.I., The Joint Terrorism Task Force, And Homeland Security Raids Occuring In Michigan And Other Areas.

Reports are coming from several local sources of large operations by the FBI and Homeland Security in process yesterday, March 27th and today, March 28th. Given the locations, there is speculation these operations could be militia related. If not, maybe some sort of terrorist situation though that as an explanation has been denied. Locations in Indiana and Ohio have been cited as well. First there is this from clickonDetroit,

ADRIAN, Mich. — The FBI confirmed to Local 4 that there were several law enforcement activities in the Lenawee/Washtenaw County area late Saturday night.

“The federal warrants are sealed and we can not comment at this time,” said Sandra Berchtold, media/applicant coordinator for the FBI in Detroit.

Local 4 crews could see FBI helicopters flying over the area.

and there is this from WXYZ.com

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.

There is also this from Chicago Breaking News,

Hammond police assisted with an FBI raid Saturday evening in the Indiana city, but federal officials would not release any details.

Hammond officials did not know the circumstances surrounding the raid, which began about 7 p.m. and lasted two hours, said a police dispatcher.

The raid occurred on the 1900 block of Calumet Avenue, the dispatcher said. There were no injuries reported.

As news on this develops, it will be posted when definitive answers are provided.

UPDATE:
Various news sources are saying a Michigan Militia group are targeted in the raid. There is this report from AnnArbor.com for readers here to read. The following is from the article,

The FBI conducted raids Saturday night in Washtenaw County and Lenawee County in an investigation involving members of Hutaree, a Christian-oriented militia group based in Lenawee County, AnnArbor.com has learned. ….

“I can confirm that there is ongoing law enforcement activity in the Ann Arbor general area,” Pack said in a written statement. “Since the federal warrants are under court ordered seal, legally we cannot provide further comment at this time.”

Local Michigan militia member Jimmy Schiel said he was told five people were arrested – including one known member of Hutaree. Schiel said the five were reportedly arrested during a raid at a service in the Ann Arbor area for a Hutaree member who died recently. Schiel was told about eight Hutaree members were present. Schiel, who said he was invited but did not attend, spoke to a Hutaree member who was at the service, he said.

Fox News is reporting

Seven people have been arrested for allegedly selling pipe bombs in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, Fox News has learned.

The Times Leader Online published on Friday, March 26th this following report titled, “Possible Monroe terrorist plot foiled” which mentions an improvised booby trap and explosive compunds,

AN IMPROVISED booby trap was outside a Monroe County residence where explosive compounds, numerous blasting caps and a large amount of ammunition were among the articles seized, leading to charges against a 50-year-old man, according to Sheriff Charles R. Black Jr.

Two search warrants were executed this week, based on information that a government facility was a potential target for an explosion, Black noted.

Charlie Leroy Russell, 50, a Wayne Township resident, was arrested and faces four counts of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, which are fifth degree felonies, and five counts of illegal manufacture or process of explosives, which are felony 2 offenses. Black reported that additional charges are pending a review by the grand jury.

UPDATE 2:

Members of Hutaree Militia Group Charged With Conspiracy To Kill Police

In a report from the Associated Press titled, “Militia members charged with police-killing plot“, it says that nine members of the Hutaree Militia are charged with conspiring to kill police officers and plotting to kill more at a funeral for a slain officer by detonating bombs. It indicates eight are in custody and one is still at large. This follows the raids by the FBI, Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Once other officers gathered for the slain officer’s funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs at the funeral, killing more, according to newly unsealed court papers. ….

According to investigators, the Hutaree view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a “brotherhood” and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government.

Andrew Arena, head of the FBI’s field office in Detroit, said the case “is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society. The FBI takes such extremist groups seriously, especially those who would target innocent citizens and the law enforcement officers who protect the citizens of the United States.”

The five count indictment can be read here (pdf file).

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