Mar 28, 2010

(Crackdown on the opposition?) FBI raids & arrests yesterday in Michigan, Cleveland & Indiana

Is this how the opposition is being neutralized?  Are political critics and opponents categorized as enemies of the State?  Is this the beginning of the police state and the suppression of dissent and free speech?


(WXYZ) - The FBI was conducting raids Saturday night at multiple locations in southeast Michigan.
Action News has learned Homeland Security and the Joint Anti-terrorism Task Force is also involved in a major operation.
Federal officials would not say who they were targeting or where, but the FBI has set up a command center at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department in Ann Arbor, where they have brought in two satellite trucks and a radio tower.
Agents have also obtained search warrants and multiple arrests have been made
Then raids by the Cleveland FBI inSandusky
A battalion of local officers and federal agents flooded the Bayshore Estates neighborhood Saturday afternoon.
A second raid was conducted in Huron. An FBI agent at the scene of the Bayshore Estates raid said a second, related raid was taking place at “another location.” Huron police confirmed late Saturday a raid had taken place in that city, but would say nothing more.
Likewise, FBI agents at the scene and at the Cleveland field office are staying mum on the cause of the commotion.
“We did make some arrests,” said special agent Scott Wilson of the FBI’s Cleveland office.
Updates when we get them...Update(Matt Damon): Add another location to the list of raid locations...Hammond, Indiana.
Update by Stable Hand thanks to Ace Tomato: Militia?
The FBI conducted raids Saturday night in the Washtenaw and Lenawee county area in an investigation involving members of Hutaree, a Christian-oriented[?...ed] militia group based in Lenawee County, has learned.
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