The multi-state arrest of members of the Hutaree and other Patriot militia groups, carried out by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, hasn’t yet resulted in the word “terrorist” being used in any of the stories about the raids.

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Funny how that word isn’t considered appropriate to describe an extremist group planning to kill police officers using weapons of mass destruction. In fact, the plan to kill a police officer and then attack his funeral using homemade bombs resembles nothing so much as the strategies of the Mahdi Army. But these are Christians, so they cannot be terrorists. Or something.

According to the indictment, Hutaree members view local, state and federal law enforcement authorities as the enemy and have been preparing to engage them in armed conflict.

The indictment alleges the Hutaree group planned to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer in Michigan and then attack officers who would gather for the funeral.

According to the plan, the indictment said, the Hutaree wanted to use improvised explosive devices to attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession. The indictment said those explosive devices, commonly called IEDs, constitute weapons of mass destruction.

None dare call it terrorism.