An investigation by BuzzFeed News found the FBI informants who halted the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer planned meetings and purchased explosives for participants, giving extremists unsubstantiated evidence that the government “targeted” plotters for their political views.
A forthcoming Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review paper warns that calls to strengthen the federal government’s anti-terrorist statutes to go after white supremacists and other right-wing extremists could backfire by making any protest group a target.
The organizer of the group, who was involved in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capital insurrection, called for secession from the U.S., and surveillance of the Capitol building, and laid plans to build Molotov cocktails.
The heavily armed men, who claim to adhere to the Moorish Sovereign Ideology, were arrested after tactical teams used armored vehicles to tighten the perimeter around them following an hours-long standoff with police.
More than a dozen arrests in the Jan. 6th Capitol riot announced or unsealed recently reveal charges of trespassing and violence against police. Members of right-wing groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Boogaloo Bois, were singled out.
Anna Morgan Lloyd, 49, of Indiana was given three years probation, after her attorneys pointed out she was not involved in any violence. Meanwhile, a member of the Oath Keepers pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a major step forward for the massive investigation.