DETROIT — US federal authorities had been monitoring members of a Christian militia for some time but were forced to "take them down" over the weekend after learning of an imminent threat against police, a US attorney leading the prosecution said Tuesday.
Barbara McQuade's comments came three days after eight members of a small group of "Christian warriors" were arrested in several Midwestern states and a day after the FBI nabbed a ninth suspect, Joshua Stone, following a standoff at a trailer in rural Michigan.
McQuade said the "most troubling" finding of the investigation was that the so-called "Hutaree" members plotted to make a false police emergency call, kill responding officers and then use a bomb to kill many more at the funeral.
Hutaree says on its Web site its name means "Christian warrior." The group quotes several Bible passages and declares: "We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. ... Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."