Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rachel Maddow (feat. Ed Brayton) on the Hutaree militia

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Here’s a more in-depth look at the Hutaree militia, the group of Christianist terrorists who were planning to assault the US government, kill police officers (and bomb their funerals), all apparently to try and fight the Antichrist, honor Jesus and prepare for his second coming, until the FBI put an end to their schemes. As Maddow (and also Ed Brayton from Dispatches From the Culture Wars, who is interviewed) puts it, they are a motley mix of the absurd and the deadly serious. Here’s the clip:

Comes to show how you can never really judge someone or a group on appearances. You’d think that they were just weirdos playing dress-up, giving themselves silly names and believing in absurd things, and then you realize they’re actively planning to murder dozens of people, overthrow the government, that they possess loads of advanced weaponry and continually train for combat … freaky.

(via Dispatches From the Culture Wars)