New: Members of an anti-government militia movement were arrested Wednesday night while plotting to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, the Governor of Michigan.
According to the criminal complaint, the defendants conspired to kidnap Whitmer and try her for treason. The defendants, who "complained about the judicial system and the State of Michigan controlling the opening of gyms," are alleged to have taken overt steps in their plot.
The complaint alleges that the group conducted surveillance of Whitmer's vacation home. The group reportedly planned to blow up a bridge leading to her residence in order to delay police response, and also purchased a taser to use in the kidnapping.
The details of this case represent the growing threat of the anti-government movement, which has only become more active and violent in the face of the government lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The narratives and ideologies of violent, anti-government accelerationist militias suggest that the Boogaloo movement and others will continue to deify and recruit individuals to their cause and seek to commit acts of violence in the homeland.
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