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WASHINGTON (CBS) - The FBI said Sunday that agents conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and arrested at least three people, and a militia leader in Michigan said the target of at least one of the raids was a Christian militia group.

Federal warrants were sealed, but a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of those arrested face gun charges and officials are pursuing other suspects.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said there had been activity in two southeast Michigan counties near the Ohio state line. She wouldn't say whether they were tied to the raids in the other states.

FBI spokesman Scott Wilson in Cleveland said agents arrested two people Saturday after raids in two Ohio towns. A third arrest made in northeast Illinois on Sunday stemmed from a raid Saturday just over the border in northwest Indiana, both part of an ongoing investigation led by the FBI in Michigan, according to a statement from agents in Illinois.

George Ponce, 18, who works at a pizzeria next door to a home raided in Hammond, Ind., said he and a few co-workers stepped outside for a break Saturday night and saw a swarm of law enforcement.

"I heard a yell, 'Get back inside!' and saw a squad member pointing a rifle at us," Ponce said. "They told us the bomb squad was going in, sweeping the house looking for bombs."

He said another agent was in the bushes near the house, and law enforcement vehicles were "all over." He estimated that agents took more than two dozen guns from the house.

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.

An e-mail sent to the group by The Associated Press wasn't returned Sunday, and phone numbers for the group's leadership were not immediately available. Berchtold, the FBI spokeswoman in Michigan, said she couldn't confirm if the raids were connected to Hutaree.

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. The Michigan Militia has recently been recognized for helping local officials in Bridgewater Township, Mich. locate missing persons.

In Michigan, police swarmed a rural, wooded property around 7 p.m. Saturday outside Adrian, about 70 miles southwest of Detroit, said Evelyn Reitz, who lives about a half-mile away. She said several police cars, with lights flashing, were still there Sunday evening and 15 to 20 officers were stationed in the area.

Neighbor Jane Cattell said she came home from the movies Saturday night and a helicopter was circling above, its spotlight illuminating her house. She and her sister, Sarah Holtz, wouldn't say who lived in the home but said they knew them from riding their horses past their house.

"They're your average, nice neighbors," Holtz said.

There were rumors about ties to a militia, but Holtz she knew nothing of that from her interaction with them.

One of the raids in Ohio occurred at Bayshore Estates, a trailer park in Sandusky, a small city on Lake Erie between Toledo and Cleveland, park manager Terry Mills said. Authorities blocked off the street for about an hour Saturday night, he said.

"Needless to say, this has everyone talking," said Mills, 62. "We have a lot of retirees here who don't want all this commotion."

Mills said he didn't know the identity of the person arrested.

FBI agents in Ohio also made an arrest in Huron on Saturday night, Wilson said. No further information would be released until after they appeared in court Monday, he said.


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  • Amendment II

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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  • I really hope they had evidence beyond them simply being a militia. It's perfectly legal to operate a militia.

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  • Christian militia... There's a good chance some of the right wing morons here on LL are in one of those.

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  • They most likely got them on a shotgun that was too short, or other "illegal" mods.

    Just wait, this is only the beginning.

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    • Really?
      lol. Your hoping for a miracle aren't you.

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    • sorry, i can't converse with someone who doesn't know the difference between using "your" and "you're".

      however, i will add this: i bet you approved of the gun owners in LA losing their right to bear arms as well. you freedom-hating scum.

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    • Yes, I hate freedom so much...I wore the American uniform in Afghanistan.
      I used an M-4, S.A.W and 240 Bravo for 6 years because I hate weapons so much.
      I own an AK and .45 handgun because I'm trying to overcome my fear of firearms.

      You are funny bro.
      You think liberals are trying to take your guns away?
      Try law enforcement you idiot.
      Police department are responsible for gun control in this country more than you'll ever know...especially in big cities.

      If you want to sound intelligent More..

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    • HERE WE GO WITH YOUR MILITARY CARD!


      Dude, I seriously think you have a crush on me or something. You reply to every comment, get off my dick. And don't call me a bro, you're too old. AARP wouldn't approve.

      I've done my homework BRO, and LA is LOUISIANA you retard. Perhaps you need to go back to grade school, your grammar and knowledge of simple things like state abbreviations are off. Legally owned firearms were taken from law-abiding citizens, it's no secret. No, I haven't lived in Los Angel More..

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    • Is this the same sorry ass who accused me of blocking you from leaving comments on my profile?

      Do you lie?

      It seems to be you are incapable of telling any truths on L.L?
      You did leave a comment I see and apparently you blocked me as it even says so.
      What are you afraid of and why do you lie so much?

      You are exposing yourself as one without ANY credibility.

      Go to my profile and read my reply to you you sorry ass piece of conservative dung.
      You are living up to the Conservative values w More..

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  • The militia ,will never be revealed as to how big it really is,...

    shit,. most of the militia is made up of veterans,..
    very experienced veterans,..
    the one thing our Govt forgets,.is Veterans don't forget the training our Govt was so happy to provide,..
    and they are trained well,..

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  • I support militias, I support the right to bear arms. But I do not support wingnuts who take either too damn far. These morons with radical views, who have stockpiles of illegal weapons, bombs, and regularly send out threats can all go to hell. They are the ones who give the legitimate milita a bad name.

    I mean, even Hollywood has abused miltia. Take a look at almost ANY movie with militia in it, what do you see? Rednecks with guns, preaching about how they are going to overthrow the government More..

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  • Fact of the matter is that they're fighting in the name of a spiritual being. Therefore, theyre putting themselves on the same grounds as Muslim terrorists. Theyre just being "above ground" with it, unlike some other world organizations. Interesting concept.

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  • As this goes on illegal aliens sit comfortably sucking up your tax dollars, filling the jails, ruining the education system, trashing the hospitals,and are trying to push their corrupt bribery politics into the american system. They have accomplished the bribery just look at Obama.

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  • What exactly are they being charged with? Gun charges? thats severely vague.

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  • Reading all the comments supporting this bunch of fanatics is hilarious... they were plotting to kill cops. They were going to kill one, and when the rest showed up they were going to use explosives to blow them up. That would be terrorism I believe.

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  • Just send them to Afghanistan if they want to fight, hell there already damn near trained...

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    • The militia's mission is never to out right attack our Govt,.they are their to protect Mom and Dad when The Govt needs the assistance,and might need help at defending the Country from a foreign invader,.
      never have I heard anything about ever going against the Govt. in Force,.
      The way you go against our Govt is by your "Vote",.
      your Vote is more powerful than the Govt,!!
      our fore fathers gave us the ability to get rid of anybody that is hurting this Country,and needs to be removed,.
      no More..

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  • That's right... exterminate all those bitches along with the Islamic Extremists!

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  • ^^^ you should get a job with the gubberment

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  • The raid was due to some kind of "conspiracy". My wild guess... they were in the very, very early and speculative stages of plotting some kind of coup. Perhaps imaginitive and speculative to the point of being not at all serious, but technically illegal.

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  • They were planning on killing a cop and then setting off a bomb at the funeral. Real fucking heroic and patriotic.

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  • Acorn readilly agrees to help settup underage
    prostitution....do they get raided?? oh no.

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  • Need more info to make an informed decision on this one. Being a Christian group is not against the law and neither is an organized militia. There has to be more to this story. I'm thinking perhaps that the Feds saw another WACO in the making here and are attempting to nip it in the bud.

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  • they deserve it kill muslims not cops

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  • "Christian Militia"

    What a fucking joke of an oxymoron.

    If this were a "Muslim Militia," of course, nobody would be screaming about the second amendment.

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  • The words "Christian Militia" raised red flags..

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  • "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."

    Really?...... I must have missed that particular scripture.

    What a bunch of fucking retards.

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  • I just watched a training video that these idiots made........ I think America is way better off not having these fat retards running around the woods with guns, popping off smoke grenades and having sex with their sisters.

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  • Militias,If a civil war breaks out,They will be Domestic Terrorists.

    Btw,Ask the Iraqis how the US army/Marines treated them in combat,Now seriously do these people actually think they can do something?

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  • I just wonder about the exact nature of the "gun charges." I hope the arrests are not just for the group just being a few gun enthusiasts and war-games players.
    Hoping someone follows up on this story.

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