Remember when Barack Hussein Obama would not leave America because of the impending vote on his health care debacle? Remember how important the "messaging" was that he remain stateside for something to which he was so thoroughly tied?
Well, you'll please excuse me if I find it quite curious that today while Obama was overseas on a "surprise visit" to our Armed Forces, news has broken that the FBI conducted raids on a number of Militia camps in the Midwest over this weekend. These camps appear to be affiliated with a group that calls themselves "Hutaree." The group's members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.
There is at least one video on the Hutaree website showing people conducting what appears to be a military-type drill, and on YouTube there is a Hutaree Channel, offering more of the same.
From The Associated Press:
Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, said one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, a Christian militia group, who said their property in southwest Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
"They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide," Lackomar said. "My team leader said, 'no thanks.' "
The team leader was cooperating with the FBI on Sunday, Lackomar said. He said SMVM wasn't affiliated with Hutaree, which states on its Web site to be "prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't."
"We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ," the group's Web site said. "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment.
[...]Lackomar said none of the raids focused on his group. Lackomar said about eight to 10 members of Hutaree trained with SMVM twice in the past three years. SMVM holds monthly training sessions focusing on survival training and shooting practice, Lackomar said.
One of the Hutaree members called a Michigan militia leader for assistance Saturday after federal agents had already began their raid, Lackomar said, but the militia member -- who is of Islamic decent and had heard about the threats -- declined to offer help. That Michigan militia leader is now working with federal officials to provide information on the Hutaree member for the investigation, Lackomar said Sunday.
"They are more of survivalist group and in an emergency they withdraw and stand their ground. They are actively training to be alongside Jesus," he said.
Also worth noting:
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations of Michigan, made an announcement Sunday during the group's 10th anniversary banquet about receiving a call from a network journalist about the alleged threat against Muslims.
"Don't allow this news to scare you away from practicing your faith," said Walid.
Audible gaps were heard throughout the banquet hall when the news was announced. Walid said he will call local authorities about more information on the allegations. He urged local Muslims to recommitt themselves to their faith in light of the accusations.
Excuse me while I am just a bit suspicious of anything that is anti-Christian, involves the Obama administration, and has CAIR involved.
One more note of interest: Today The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Syrian President Bashar Assad urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from a US-supported peace plan and take up arms against Israel, according to two delegates who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
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