Hutaree Trial Jury Views Video Of Bomb Tests

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Federal prosecutors have rested their case against seven members of a Michigan-based militia charged with plotting to wage war against the government.

A jury in Detroit saw pictures and video on Thursday of the impact of bombs ripping through a steel drum and cars.

The tests were conducted by agents with explosive parts linked to the Hutaree militia.  The defense had objected to the demonstration, but U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts ruled the tests were similar to the explosives at the heart of the conspiracy case.

Prosecutors did not call Joshua Clough as a witness, the only defendant to plead guilty since arrests in 2010. He pleaded guilty to a gun charge in December.

The government says militia members wanted to kill a police officer then attack the funeral as part of a domestic war.

The defense says they simply were “weekend warriors” who engaged in stupid, hateful speech, but nothing criminal.

MORE: Defense: Emails Show Militia Wasn’t Real Threat

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  • Joseph Zrnchik

    The FBI made a video of FBI-made bombs exploding to show the jury what the bombs that an FBI agent taught people how to build would have done if they had been actually made by the FBI informant for the Hutaree as per the FBI agent’s specifications. Is this trial some kind of joke? How about filling us in on the FBI torture and murder of Kenneth Trentadue and Operation Patriot Conspiracy? The FBI is to law enforcement what the Hutaree are to armed revolution – a joke.

  • Dale

    Gotta love how the goverment links the group to explosives parts and diagrams. I happen to have a military training manual on explosives. Can they link me to some of the blasting devices listed in the book – like the one that has 10,000 lbs of C4 for clearing a path through a minefield?

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  • Ashish

    Their is no such thing as “Islamic descent”. Islam is not a teengic or racial thing. It is an ideology backed by a cult. Unless of course he means that the guy got civilized.America is winning the war on muslim terrorists in the middle east. In the US they have the help of the FBI.BTW: On American soil their are many armed muslim militias that openly shout their intent to kill Americans and islamize the US. They are training for a holy war in the US right now. How many of them are targeted by the FBI???

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