Court hears FBI agent’s recording of militia plan
DETROIT — Rough winter weather forced members of a Midwest Christian militia to cut short a road trip to rally like-minded people in Kentucky, so suspected ringleader David Brian Stone used time in the van to hone his speech on the “New World Order’’ he feared, authorities said yesterday.
“We are the American military. We outnumber them,’’ a speaker identified as Stone says on an audio tape recorded by an undercover FBI agent. “People should not be afraid of the government. The government should fear the people.’’
The agent, who infiltrated the Hutaree group and built explosives under Stone’s direction, accompanied Stone and others as they tried to attend a Feb. 6 meeting of militias in Kentucky, Assistant US Attorney Ronald Waterstreet said during a detention hearing in US District Court in Detroit.
“Now it’s time to strike and take our nation back so we will be free of tyranny,’’ Stone, 44, of Clayton, Mich., says on the recording played in court. “The war will come whether we are ready or not.’’
Stone and eight other suspected Hutaree members, self-proclaimed “Christian warriors,’’ are charged with seditious conspiracy, or plotting war against the United States. They were arrested after a series of weekend raids across the Midwest.