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A shocking plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic government, Gretchen Whitmer, has been discontinued by federal agents, authorities said Thursday.
Apparently, the alleged plan involved months of planning by the suspects and even samples to get them out of their vacation home.
A total of 13 men were arrested for their involvement in the conspiracy.
Federal authorities said six men helped plot a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home ahead of the November 3 election. The six were arrested and taken into custody. They have been charged with multiple crimes that, if convicted, could result in life imprisonment for some people, according to the Detroit Free Press.
State law enforcement agencies wrote in court documents: “The Wolverine Watchmen have asked members to identify law enforcement officers’ home addresses in order to attack the officers, have threatened to use force to spark a civil war that will lead to the collapse of society, and have been involved in the Planning and training an operation to attack the Michigan Capitol and kidnap government officials including the Michigan governor. “
What are the Wolverine Watchmen?
The Detroit News said extremism experts said they had never heard of the Wolverine Watchmen until members of the militia group were accused Thursday of conspiracy to overthrow the government amid plans to kidnap the governor.
The FBI said members of the group planned the alleged crime over several months by communicating through a private Facebook page and in encrypted group chats.
The FBI quoted one of the men as saying that Whitmer “has no checks and balances at all. She has uncontrolled power right now. All good things must end. “
How were they stopped?
Authorities said the conspiracies were stopped by the work of undercover agents and informants. The men were arrested Wednesday evening.
Although it has been alleged, so far there is no evidence in the criminal complaint that the men were inspired by President Trump. Authorities also did not publicly say whether the men were upset with Whitmer’s coronavirus orders.
In the criminal complaint, the six defendants in the plot against Whitmer were identified as Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, all of Michigan, and Barry Croft of Delaware.
All but Croft appeared in federal court in Grand Rapids Thursday. They asked for court-appointed lawyers and were taken back to prison to await Tuesday’s hearings.
The six people accused in federal court will face life in prison if convicted. State terrorism is accusing the other seven men of possible 20-year prison sentences, according to the Chicago Tribune.