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Not labeled as terrorism?

NW Indiana man charged in plot contests indictment
March 29, 2010 11:46 AM | 52 Comments | UPDATED STORY

Hammond police check a home on Calumet Avenue in Whiting, Ind., today in connection with the weekend FBI arrest of Thomas Piatek. (Michael Tercha/Tribune)

Nine members of a self-described Christian militia group, including one from northwest Indiana, are accused of plotting to kill a Michigan police officer and then stage an attack on other officers attending his funeral.

Members of the group, the Hutaree, plotted to attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with "improvised explosive devices" and "explosively-formed projectiles," the U.S. attorney's office said. According to a federal indictment, members of the group view local, state and federal law enforcement as the "brotherhood," their enemy. The plot dates to August 2008, the indictment says.

Among those charged in the alleged pl

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:32 PM on Mar. 29, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Among those charged in the alleged plot is Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Ind., who was arrested Sunday at an apartment complex in west suburban Clarendon Hills, where he was believed to be visiting an acquaintance, said Robert Ramsey, an FBI supervisor in Merrillville, Ind. He would not discuss what led agents there but said there was no indication that Piatek had been on the run.

    The indictment describes the Hutaree as an organization based in Lenawee County, Michigan, that promotes anti-government extremism.

    According to the indictment, the Hutaree's enemies include state and local law enforcement, who are deemed "foot soldiers" of the federal government, federal law enforcement agencies and employees, participants in the "New World Order," and anyone else who does not share in its beliefs.

    The organization's Web site, which defines the word Hutaree as "Christian warrior," begins its description of the group wit

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:35 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Wanting to use IED's.. Indictment claimes the group was training and wanting to use weapons of mass destruction.; The indictment says that these people wanted and were planning on killing law enforcement officers because they are foot soldiers for the Feds...........

    If it plans like a terrorist.. Speaks like a terrorist.. And wants to commit terrorist acts..

    It's a TERRORIST

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Yes, they are terrorists. Any planned attack that are politically or religiously motivated should be considered foreign or domestic terrorism.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 3:28 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • I don't recall seeing anyone claim they weren't.

    Answer by Carpy at 3:31 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • they are terrorists

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:04 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Terrorism is defined by the motive not by who does it or the end result.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 4:28 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Yep, they're terrorists, and I'm SO glad they were caught before they harmed someone.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 5:42 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • that's bullshit. incendiary devices are WMD's and they were using violence to achieve political ends

    Answer by autodidact at 10:45 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

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