Extremist Reaction

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Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff

Even in a subculture where outlandish conspiratorial thinking is common, the Hutaree militia of southeast Michigan is on the fringe. The group's leaders invented their own theology--the "doctrine of the Hutaree"--in which former NATO secretary-general Javier Solana is believed to be the Antichrist. The Hutaree's exalted commander is called a "radok"; deputies and lieutenants are known as "boromanders" and "zulifs." The secretive group was virtually unknown until last week, when the FBI arrested nine members of the Hutaree, including alleged leader David Brian Stone, on charges of "seditious conspiracy" and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. Their alleged objective: to spark a war against the government by targeting its foot soldiers--local cops, whom the Hutaree referred to as "the brotherhood." Federal investigators say an 18-month probe revealed deadly plots in the works, including an alleged plan to kill a police officer and then attack mourners at his funeral with homemade bombs.

Stone's lawyer, William Swor, told Newsweek there is no evidence the group ever took steps to implement any of the alleged plots. "This is still America and people can say whatever they want," he said. But law-enforcement officials say the case adds to concerns about the growth of far-right militias and white supremacists. The rising anger and rhetoric of such groups--fueled, in part, by the economic downturn and the election of a black, Democratic president--has coincided with a rash of alarming incidents by extremists, including the neo-Nazi who went on a shooting rampage at the U. …