- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 1, 2010

DETROIT | An undercover federal agent infiltrated a Christian militia group that authorities say plotted to incite violent revolt, and the agent built explosives under the direction of the group’s suspected ringleader, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Arguing for the detention of alleged Hutaree leader David Brian Stone, 44, and six other members, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet said the agent accompanied Mr. Stone and others in a van as they tried to attend a Feb. 6 meeting of militias in Kentucky.

They turned back in Indianapolis because of bad weather, but the agent recorded Mr. Stone reading a speech, Mr. Waterstreet said. In the recording, played in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a speaker identified as Mr. Stone says: “Now it’s time to strike and take our nation back so we will be free of tyranny.”

Prosecutors say the group planned to make a false 911 call, kill responding police officers, then set off a bomb at the funeral to kill many more. An indictment said that after the attacks, the group planned to retreat to “rally points” protected by trip-wired explosives for a violent standoff with law enforcement personnel.

Several defense attorneys objected to Mr. Waterstreet’s testimony. “All they’re saying is my client has an opinion and knows how to use his mouth,” Mr. Stone’s lawyer, William Swor, said before Mr. Waterstreet played the tape.

Nine suspected members of Hutaree, self-proclaimed “Christian warriors” who trained themselves in paramilitary techniques in preparation for a battle against the Antichrist, were arrested after a series of raids across the Midwest.

All have been charged with seditious conspiracy, or plotting to levy war against the U.S.

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