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MLive:  "Search warrants were executed and arrests made across the state," Michigan Attorney General Nessel said at a press conference October 8, "including at locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Luther, Hartland, Canton, Orion Township, Waterford, Belleville, Milford, Cadillac, Shelbyville, Plainwell, Zeeland, Munising, Ovid, Charlotte, Clarkston, Sterling Heights and Shelby Township."  Rounding up the baker's dozen was an out of state Delaware arrest.



10/23/2020   Texas member of Boogaloo Bois charged with opening fire on Minneapolis police precinct during protests over George Floyd, by Andy Mannix, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Feds say Texas adherent of far-right group fired on precinct building, conspired with cop killer to ignite civil war.


Two hours after the police precinct was set on fire, Hunter texted with another Boogaloo member in California, a man named Steven Carrillo.

“Go for police buildings,” Hunter told Carrillo, according to charging documents.  “I did better lol,” Carrillo replied. A few hours earlier, Carrillo had killed a Federal Protective Services officer in Oakland, Calif., according to criminal charges filed against him in California.


Hunter had bragged about his role in the Minneapolis riots on Facebook, publicly proclaiming, “I helped the community burn down that police station” and “I didn’t’ [sic] protest peacefully Dude … Want something to change? Start risking felonies for what is good.”

“The BLM protesters in Minneapolis loved me [sic] fireteam and I,” he wrote on June 11. According to the complaint, “fire team” is a reference to a group he started with Carrillo “that responds with violence if the police try to take their guns away.”

10/19/2020   'It is serious and intense': white supremacist domestic terror threat looms large in US, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

On 6 October Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, released his department’s annual assessment of violent threats to the nation. Analysts didn’t have to dig deep into the assessment to discover its alarming content.


In a foreword, Wolf wrote that he was “particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent, targeted attacks in recent years. [They] seek to force ideological change in the United States through violence, death, and destruction.”


Two days later, the FBI swooped. It arrested 13 rightwing extremists who had allegedly been plotting to carry out a range of attacks in Michigan, including the kidnapping of the Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer.


At least at the federal level, the FBI is having some success in infiltrating extremist groups as the arrests of the alleged Michigan kidnap plotters attested. The record among state and local law enforcement looks far less impressive.


Among local police forces, the pattern is less likely to be infiltration of far-right groups by officers than the other way round – extremists are inveigling themselves into police forces. German’s work for the Brennan Center, drawing on FBI policy documents, has pointed out that white supremacist and anti-government groups often have “active links” with law enforcement officials.

10/15/2020   Baseless, Sounds Like Hate, Southern Poverty Law Center

With eighty three hours of exclusive secret audio recordings Part One goes inside their “Vetting Room.” We expose their methods of recruiting deliberately from the U.S. military, the ways they encourage terroristic behavior, and their expressions of paranoia. It’s also about one reporter who infiltrated their group and a network strategizing for the collapse of America.

10/11/2020   All The President’s Men: Looking back at four years of MAGA terror, by Christopher Mathias, HuffPost

This past week, 13 men belonging to paramilitary groups were arrested in a horrifying plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Based on what can be gleaned from the men’s social media pages, they fit a familiar profile of far-right vigilantism in America.


They are white men. Most appear to be supporters of President Donald Trump. They consume disinformation and conspiracy theories online with abandon. They see a new American civil war on the horizon, and they’re more than eager to fire some of the first shots.


These men are part of an insurgent Make America Great Again fascist movement here, the size and power of which keeps me up at night. Although it’s a movement with origins that long predate the president, it’s one that today generates much of its cruel energy and momentum from his words.

10/10/2020   Two men arrested in plot to kidnap Michigan governor were Marine veterans, by Philip Athey, Marine Times

Joseph Morrison was a Marine reservist who joined the Corps in March 2015 and was discharged from the reserves as a lance corporal on Thursday, Capt. Joseph Butterfield, a headquarters Marine Corps spokesman, told Marine Corps Times Saturday.


His exit from the reserves had nothing to do with the alleged kidnapping plot, Butterfield said. The men were charged on Thursday.


Daniel Harris was an 0311 who joined the Corps in June of 2015 and was discharged in June of 2019 after serving with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Butterfield said.

9/4/2019    The neo-Nazi boot: Inside one Marine’s descent into extremism, by Shawn Snow, Marine Corps Times

The former Marine junior ROTC cadet and North Carolinian was interested in communism and antifa before he joined a neo-Nazi organization known as Atomwaffen Division — an organization described by some as a terror group.


His ideology has drifted across a spectrum of contradictions from antifa — a group whose name stems from “anti-fascists” and is known to use violence against those it deems fascist or supremacist — to a hate group prepping for a race war and the collapse of the U.S. government.


Marine Lance Cpl. Vasillios G. Pistolis ultimately was booted from Corps mid-summer 2018 for his ties to a hate group. But, his ability to enlist in the Corps highlights a challenge to the military recruiters armed with few tools from records checks to interviews to keep supremacists out of the ranks.


An investigation into his hate group ties by Naval Criminal Investigative Service — obtained by Marine Corps Times through a government records request — reads like a psychological evaluation into extremist thought and behavior, detailing his own path to radicalization and views on various hate groups. 

10/10/2020   Michigan’s Attorney General Will “Pounce” If Militias Mess with Voting, by Will Peischel, Mother Jones

10/9/2020   Nessel: Other groups planning terrorism, more arrests expected, by Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News

“There remains a number of individuals, a number of groups that are out there and that continue to plan attacks of domestic terrorism, not just in Michigan but in a multi-jurisdictional fashion across many states,” Nessel told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday.


“This is not just a Michigan problem. This is now an American problem."


Nessel criticized President Donald Trump for sympathizing with protesters at rallies against stay home orders early on in the pandemic, when he encouraged Whitmer to meet with some of the armed protesters and tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”


“When they say these things, people not only listen, they respond,” Nessel told CBS. “It’s not just a dog whistle, but a rallying cry.”


She noted her department's investigations involve right-wing groups, but no Antifa or left-wing groups.

10/9/2020   A History of the "Republic, Not A Democracy" Slogan, On The Media

GOP Senator Mike Lee tweeted, "We're not a democracy," tapping into an age-old anti-majoritarian strain of conservatism.

10/9/2020   Even After The Plot To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer, Michigan Militant Groups Continue To Thrive On Facebook, by Salvador Hernandez and Ryan Mac, BuzzFeed News

The Michigan Liberty Militia, for example, was banned from Facebook in August. On Sept. 11, it reappeared under a page with new, slightly altered moniker — MLM Michigan liberty minutemen — and marked its return with a picture of a flag bearing two hatchets, the Liberty Bell, and two assault rifles.

10/9/2020   Here’s How A Group Of Radical Militants Hatched A Plan To Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Before The Election, by Ken Bensinger, Jany Lytvynenko, Paul McLeod and Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed News

It turned out that law enforcement had been surveilling the group and other militants since early in the year and moved in after Fox and three others arranged to buy explosives from an undercover agent for $4,000.

10/9/2020   Untrusted U.S. Attorney General Barr calls alleged kidnapping plot 'abhorrent,' says he was briefed only this week, by Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News

U.S. Attorney General William Barr wasn't briefed on the alleged kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer until this week, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Friday after Michigan's attorney general questioned the extent of his knowledge this summer.

10/9/2020   Delaware last year pardoned man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot, by Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News

10/9/2020   Man Charged With Plotting To Kidnap Michigan's Governor Was Kicked Out Of A Local Militia/Terrorist Group For His “Rage Issues” by Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed News

“He has rage issues,” Foreman said. “He seemed fine until it was time for him to get patched in. And then all of the sudden he’s all anti-government, he wants to start a war, he wants to take people out.”


Foreman said members of the group believed Fox was taking steroids and regularly teased him for having “roid rage.” Foreman said Fox’s social media posts about taking out the government quickly raised red flags. “That’s not what the militia does,” he added.


A spokesperson for the Free People of Lansing confirmed this series of events, but said it was more than just Fox who opposed them passing through.

“We encountered multiple militia members who, when we began our demonstration on the ground, held guns over our heads, spit on, stepped on [us] while blowing bull horns in our ears and called us racial epithets,” said the spokesperson, who did not give their name, via the group’s Facebook account. “There were a few people [on the other side] who did stop them, saying it was our Second Amendment right to be there.”

10/9/2020   Barry County Terrorist sympathizer - and Sheriff - Dar Leaf splains and defends his support for the arrested Trump supporting terrorist gun thugs

10/9/2020   ‘Words matter’ from leaders like President Trump, Gov. Whitmer says after kidnapping plot revealed, by Emily Lawler, MLive 

10/9/2020   Some of those charged in Whitmer plot attended Michigan Capitol rallies, witnesses say, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

10/9/2020   Gov. Whitmer’s family was moved as kidnapping plot advanced, AG Nessel says, by Emily Lawler, MLive

A.G. Nessel:  "I’d rather have the weakest conspiracy case rather than the strongest homicide [case.]"

10/9/2020   Whitmer's family had to be "moved around" for safety due to alleged kidnapping plot, Michigan AG says, by Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News

10/9/2020   Fourth Man Charged in Antrim County in Connection With Plot to Kidnap Gov. Whitmer, by David Lyden, 9&10 News

Shawn Fix was charged with firearms and terrorist act charges. Michael and William Null and Eric Molitor were arraigned on the same charges Thursday.  Prosecutors say Fix, along with Michael and William Null and Eric Molitor, did nighttime and daytime surveillance of the governor’s home.  Fix is being held on a $250,000 bond


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10/9/2020   Man Charged in Antrim Co. for Plot to Kidnap Governor Attended 2nd Amendment Rally in Lansing, by Dan Firnbach, 9&10 News

The first, third and fourth men in this picture were arrested for their roles in the plot against the governor.

The man on the far right is William Null, one of the four men charged in Antrim.

10/9/2020   Northern Michigan town grapples with plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer from local vacation home, by Justine Lofton, MLive

Nessel filed additional state charges under the Michigan anti-terrorism against seven now-jailed members or affiliates of the Wolverine Watchmen. The charges include: making a threat of terrorism, providing material support for terrorist acts and gang membership, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, punishable by a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence.


“This is something we haven’t dealt with before,” Sheriff Daniel Bean told 9&10 News.

10/9/2020   Whitmer knew of kidnapping plot for weeks, she tells CNN, by Emily Lawler, MLive“

Of course, we know every time that this White House identifies me or takes a shot at me, we see an increase in rhetoric online, of violent rhetoric, and so there’s always a connection and certainly, it’s something we’ve been watching but this took it to a whole new level,” Whitmer said.

10/9/2020   Did Donald Trump incite a militia plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer? | Planet America Fireside Chat, Australian Brodcasting System

10/9/2020   Man accused in Whitmer kidnapping plot defended Confederate statue at June, West Michigan Civile War Statue protest, by Samuel J. Robinson, MLive

“Everyone has a right to their opinion, that’s why we’re constitutionalists, but as soon as you become violent — this violence is getting out of hand,” William Null told MLive on June 27.

10/9/2020   What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About White Supremacists, by Daniel Angelo, Quora

10/9/2020   These 13 men were charged with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer: Here's what we know, by Joe Guillen, Jennifer Dixon, Eric D. Lawrence, with contributions by John Wisely, Dave Boucher, Gina Kaufman, Elisha Anderson and Free Press photographer Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

10/9/2020   These are the types of things you hear from ISIS. This is not a militia, this is a domestic terror organization,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Good Morning America

10/8/2020   Mysterious Wolverine Watchmen militia group 'flew under radar' by George Hunter, The Detroit News

Assistant Michigan Attorney General Gregory Townsend said during a Thursday arraignment announcing 19 state criminal charges against seven Michigan residents that defendants Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico were “founding members” of the Wolverine Watchmen. The group was "committed to violence" against the government, Townsend said.


“There are multiple members of the Wolverine Watchmen,” Townsend said. “Mr. Morrison was considered the commander.”

10/8/2020   Men detonated explosive, used encrypted messages in Whitmer kidnap plot, feds say, by Christine Ferretti and Robert Snell, The Detroit News

They were tired of being controlled by the "tyrannical government" and hatched a plan that called for an 800,000-volt taser and explos ves to ensure its collapse, according to the government. They discussed the need for "200 men" to storm the Capitol building in Lansing and take hostages, including the governor.

10/8/2020   F.B.I. Says Michigan Anti-Government Group Plotted to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, by By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Shaila Dewan and Kathleen Gray, The New York Times

The F.B.I. said it had monitored the kidnapping plot throughout the summer as the target narrowed to the governor’s personal vacation home. The group discussed the governor in vulgar terms and called her a “tyrant.”


“Have one person go to her house. Knock on the door and when she answers it just cap her,” one of the men said in an encrypted group chat, according to the F.B.I.


The group spoke of a “baker” and a “cake,” the F.B.I. said, which its agents interpreted as code words referring to explosive devices. Mr. Fox spoke of the need to train for three months in preparation.


“I just wanna make the world glow, dude,” the affidavit quoted him as saying in a profanity-laced tirade. “We’re gonna topple it all, dude.”

10/8/2020   FBI affidavit: Conspirators wanted to kidnap gov to remote Wisconsin location, The Detroit News

10/8/2020   President Trump tweets on kidnapping plot, criticizes Gov. Whitmer, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

America's hate-preaching Divider in Chief took time out of his busy schedule of rage-watching Fox news to whine that Governor Gretchen Whitmer had been insufficiently thankful to him, the great leader personally, for the efforts of still independent federal authorities to foil the plot against her.  Attorney General Barr has still not commented, presumably brought down by Covid-19 contracted during a heavy rotation of ass-kissing at Trump's triumphalist super-spreader supreme court nomination announcement.

10/8/2020   The FBI Said It Busted A Domestic Terror Plot To Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, by Amber Jamieson, Stephanie K. Baer, Jane Lytvynenko and Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed News

"Snatch and grab, man. Grab the fuckin' Governor. Just grab the bitch," one of the alleged domestic terrorists said.


At a press conference Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also announced that state prosecutors have filed charges against seven additional men known to be members or associates of the militia group Wolverine Watchmen under the Michigan Anti-Terrorism Act. These men allegedly wanted to target law enforcement officers in their homes, made threats of violence intended to start a civil war, and were planning an attack on the state's capitol building that involved kidnapping government officials, including Whitmer. They have also been arrested. 


Fox, whom the charging documents indicate was the ringleader and instigator of the plot to kidnap Whitmer, was a member of at least two public Facebook “militia” groups: “Militia Wanted Michigan” and “Michigan Home Guard.” Although Fox’s profile and the groups’ pages have been removed from the website, cached versions of these sites show that he regularly posted and participated in discussions with other members over the past year. On June 23, he posted in the “Militia Wanted Michigan” group that he had created another (now-deleted) Facebook group called “Michigan Patriot III%ERS.” The “Three Percenters” are a far-right militia group with chapters across the country, named for the false historical claim that only 3% of Americans fought against the British in the Revolutionary War.

10/8/2020   Feds identify leaders they say were behind Whitmer kidnap plan, by Christine Ferretti, Oralandar Brand-Williams and George Hunter, The Detroit News

“In all honesty right now ... I just wanna make the world glow, dude," Fox said, according to the affidavit. "That’s what it’s gonna take for us to take it back, we’re just gonna have to everything’s gonna have to be annihilated man. We’re gonna topple it all, dude."

10/8/2020   FBI thwarted plot to kidnap Michigan governor, Erin Burnett, CNN

10/8/2020   Michigan lawmakers react on Twitter to kidnap plot: 'This is utterly terrifying' by Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Feds say plot was bigger than kidnapping Gov. Whitmer. It was civil war attempt, by Tresa Baldas and Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Gov. Whitmer denounces hate groups, says President Donald Trump is 'complicit', by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Fascism Enabling Trump adviser: 'If we want to talk about hatred, then Gov. Whitmer, go look in the mirror,' Gretchen Whitmer called out Donald Trump for 'fomenting anger' after a plot to kidnap her was thwarted. Trump stooge Jason Miller said her comments were 'ridiculous' by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Militia group plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, feds say, by Paul Egan and Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Expert: Michigan 'a hotbed for militia activity,' with growing potential for violence, by Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Replay: Michigan AG announces charges in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot, by Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press

10/8/2020   Security upgrades underway at governor's Lansing residence before kidnapping threat, by Carol Thompson, Lansing State Journal

10/7/2020   MSP, FBI On Scene for Large Scale Operation in Wexford County, by Nichelle Hulka, 9&10 News

The FBI and Michigan State Police are on scene at what they called a large scale operation on 39 Road in Wexford County.


A few days earlier, in Madison Heights...

10/7/2020   Ruby Ridge echoes in deadly Madison Heights FBI shootout, by Robert Snell, The Detroit News

The troubled life of Madison Heights resident Eric Mark-Matthew Allport, 43, started to emerge as details about what led to the fatal shooting remained shrouded in secrecy and as believers of the right-leaning anti-government Boogaloo movement hailed Allport as a member and martyr.


The shooting, which left an FBI agent wounded, served as a violent end to Allport's life 28 years after federal agents, including an FBI sharpshooter, shot and killed Allport's friends and neighbors on a remote mountaintop in Idaho. The deadly Ruby Ridge standoff has served as a rallying cry for white nationalists and inspired the 1995 domestic terror attack by Michigan native Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City.

10/5/2020   FBI agent released from hospital as Madison Heights fatal shooting review continues, by Robert Snell, The Detroit News

10/3/3030   Man killed, FBI agent wounded in Madison Heights shooting, by Steve Marowski, MLive

The man killed was identified as Eric Mark-Matthew Allport, officials said. No additional details were released.


Background links, the Confluence in Lansing of ReOpen protests, Strutting Fascists, Boogaloos, Proud Boys, Libertarian Fantasistas, Anti-Authority Authoritatians, Cognitive Dissonance, Threats overt and unsubtle, Pandering Conservatives, a Legislature Term-limited to Terminal Stupidity 

- Many more links here: Hate: Made in Michigan, Made in America


8/15/2020   Proud Boys Kalamazoo march leads to violence, arrests, Chris Dumond, The Detroit News

5/22/2020   Sexist attacks cast Michigan Gov. Whitmer as mothering tyrant of coronavirus dystopia, by Malachi Barrett, MLive 

5/12/2020   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threatened in private Facebook groups: report, by David Matthews, NY Daily News

“We need a good old fashioned lynch mob to storm the Capitol, drag her tyrannical ass out onto the street and string her up as our forefathers would have,” John Campbell Sr. wrote in to the group “People of Michigan vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.”


“Plain and simple [Whitmer] needs to eat lead and send a statement to the rest of the democrats that they are next,” James Greena wrote.

5/11/2020   Gov. Whitmer becomes target of dozens of threats on private Facebook groups ahead of armed rally in Lansing, by Steve Neavling, Detroit Metro Times

Metro Times gained access to four private Facebook groups that can only be seen by approved members. The pages, which have a combined 400,000 members, are filled with paranoid, sexist, and grammar-challenged rants, with members encouraging violence and flouting the governor’s social-distancing orders.


Assassinating Whitmer is a common theme among members of the groups. Dozens of people have called for her to be hanged.

“We need a good old fashioned lynch mob to storm the Capitol, drag her tyrannical ass out onto the street and string her up as our forefathers would have,” John Campbell Sr. wrote in a group called “People of Michigan vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer,” which had nearly 9,000 members as of Monday morning.


Steve Doxsie had the same idea: “Drag that tyrant governor out to the front lawn. Fit her for a noose.”


“Either President Trump sends in the troops or there is going to be a midnight lynching in Lansing soon,” Michael Smith chimed in.

Others suggested she be shot, beaten, or beheaded.


“Plain and simple she needs to eat lead and send a statement to the rest of the democrats that they are next,” James Greena, of Fennville, wrote.


Russel Christopher Rozman said, “She needs her ass beat. Most of these politicians need a good ass whooping. Just. Punch there lights out.”


When someone suggested the guillotine, Thomas Michael Lamphere responded, “Good ol’ fashioned bullets work better, but I like the enthusiasm.”


“Wonder how long till she’s hit with a shotgun blast,” Chris Parrish wrote.


Matthew Woodruff had another idea: “Can we please just take up a collection for an assassin to put that woman from Michigan down,” he asked.


4/16/2020   ‘You Have to Disobey’: Protesters Gather to Defy Stay-at-Home Orders, by Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

4/13/2020   Gov. Whitmer OKs protest, takes shot at DeVos family in process, by Aaron Parseghian, FOX 17 West Michigan


Whitmore Lake's Unexplained Explosion Death of 2020

10/4/2020   Man killed in [200 block of Barker Road, Whitmore Lake] house explosion north of Ann Arbor, police say, by Samuel Dodge, MLive 


Whitmore Lake's Mad Bombings of 2008

5/27/2020   Trial Date Set For Accused Lottery Thief, by Jon King, WHMI

42-year-old Christopher Bandy was charged with one count of embezzlement of $100,000 or more after an investigation by Fowlerville Police. The owner of Buddy's Mini Mart called authorities after noticing that approximately $120,000 in lottery sales was missing.

2/26/2020   Party Store Employee Charged In Lottery Ticket Theft Headed To Trial,

42-year-old Christopher Bandy was bound over to Livingston County Circuit Court on count of embezzlement of $100,000 or more.

12/1/2010   Whitmore Lake pipe bomber sentenced to more than 8 years in prison, by Lee Higgins, The Ann Arbor News

 Sandra Donovan still lives in fear 20 months after her neighbor's son, Christopher Bandy, detonated two pipe bombs in her chimney, causing an explosion that shook her Howell home.


Bandy, 33 — who detonated seven pipe bombs at five homes in Whitmore Lake and Howell and admitted setting fire to a Milan home during a nine-month crime spree — was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison.

7/9/2009   Man indicted in pipe bomb case, by Shaun Byron, The Oakland Press

Christopher V. Bandy, 32, was indicted Tuesday on allegations of being behind the bombings, which started Aug. 30, 2008, and continued through April 3, 2009.