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FBI Foils Militia Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

FBI Foils Militia Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

For crying out loud, this is not how you deal with politicians you do not like.

The FBI announced agents charged six men tied to an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer has come under fire since the COVID-19 pandemic due to her over-reaching restrictions and shutdown.

The Michigan Supreme Court found she did not have “authority” for the shutdowns. The attorney general decided not to enforce the shutdowns after the Court’s ruling.

The FBI said a raid in Hartland is connected to the kidnapping plot during Wednesday night.

From WXYZ:

Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta have been named in the complaint. Croft is from Delaware; the rest are Michigan residents.

According to the complaint, a Michigan-based militia group attempted to recruit members for the operation, which included storming the Capitol building in Lansing and taking hostages, including Whitmer. The plan was reportedly supposed to be executed before the November 2020 election.

The militia group reportedly held several meetings over the summer where they participated in firearms training and combat drills; they also attempted to build IED devices, which were faulty and did not detonate as planned, according to the complaint.

The group then reportedly decided to abduct the governor at her vacation home and take her to a secure location in Wisconsin for “trial.”

In August, federal officials say the group allegedly conducted surveillance of her home on two occasions.

The authorities did not name the militia group but began tracking them in March when they heard about members trying to find addresses of police officers.

Fox posted a video of himself on Facebook calling Whitmer a “tyrant b*tch” asking others for help and ideas:

The affidavit describing the thwarted plot reports two occasions when the alleged conspirators conducted surveillance on Whitmer’s vacation home — during the day on Aug. 29 and at night over the weekend of Sept. 12-13.

Fox and two other individuals located Whitmer’s home and shot video and took photos of it as they drove by on Aug. 29. One of the individuals then calculated how long it would take local and state police to respond to an incident at the property.

“We ain’t going to let ’em burn our f—in’ state down. I don’t give a f— if there’s only 20 or 30 of us, dude, we’ll go out there and use deadly force,” said Fox during the surveillance operation, according to an audio recording quoted in the affidavit.

In an encrypted group chat, Garbin later suggested that demolishing a nearby bridge would hamper a response by police to the governor’s home, according to the court filing.

The September surveillance followed a field exercise in at Garbin’s property in Luther, Michigan, where the conspirators allegedly detonated an improvised explosive device made from a commercial firework wrapped in shrapnel “to test its anti-personnel effectiveness.”

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Probable? Actionable? Thought crime?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to n.n. | October 8, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    From the F.I.B.?

    This tale is not credible.

      They fouled the plot just in time!!!1!!1!!

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | October 8, 2020 at 5:02 pm


          notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | October 8, 2020 at 6:27 pm

          It is A DEMOCRAT PARTY HOAX.


          Michigan “Republican Militia” Planned To Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer But Allegedly Mastermind’s Facebook Videos Tell A Different Story…

          The guy has an Anarchist flag in the background. PROBABLY not a Trump/Pence supporter.

          Weasel Zippers

          Fouled is better.

        Just like FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi blasted Vicki Weaver for holding a dangerous ten month-old baby before she could use it to mow down Federal agents. Or when the FBI incinerated nearly a hundred people at Waco because whatevs.

          notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | October 9, 2020 at 10:45 am


          Gretchen Whitmer Says Trump Complicit In Plot To Kidnap Her By Anarchists…

          Is this false narrative still alive?

          First of all, Weaver was NOT targeted by Horiuchi. Horuichi shot Harris, a friend of Weaver who had been involved in the shootout with Marshals off Weaver’s property. The bullet went through Harris and struck Weaver who was standing inside the cabin doorway. The anti-Government radicals have always ignored that fact, in order to advance their agenda. Also, they ignore the fact that the Marshal’s Office had been in negotiations with Weaver for a year while he was technically a federal fugitive. Everyone in that compound was technically guilty of aiding and abetting a federal fugitive and they had killed a federal agent.

          Waco was similar. The federal government had been negotiating, for several months, with the Branch Davidians to surrender after several federal agents were wounded and killed serving a lawful search warrant. Most of them refused to surrender or leave. The fires started when tear gas canisters, which are incendiary in nature, were introduced into the buildings of the compound. The compound was not firebombed, contrary to some claims. Again, certain groups ignore all of this to advance their own anti-government agenda.

          Google it.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to n.n. | October 8, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    1) A group who could not make a functional IED has got to be pretty dumb.

    2) Was this plot instigated by an FBI undercover agent?

    audax in reply to n.n. | October 9, 2020 at 4:45 am

    All the arrested were Antifa!!!

It sounds like a provocateur recruited half a dozen chumps for an FBI publicity stunt. All that was missing were signs around their necks saying, “ARREST ME.”

    sounds more like an fbi tasks force acting like scary ‘right wing’ nuts jobs. remember wray just testified that right wing ‘extremists’ are more dangerous that blm/antifia.
    the guy in the vid is probably barr’s personal assistant.

Groundhog Day | October 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Gretchen Whitmer’s response live on national TV:

“I’ve put my hand on the Bible”
“We went to the moon”
“Trump is a science-denying Nazi – trying to kidnap me!!!”

smalltownoklahoman | October 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Idiots, especially as it feeds the narrative of dangerous right wing militias that the MSM can have a field day with. This was not needed with less than a month to go.

    Given the lengths the FBI went to in order to frame the President and effect a coup, I’m not so sure this is any more legitimate. This is a narrative which plays right along with the “white supremacy” claims of Wray, who ignores the terrorism being conducted by the “idea” of Antifa and BLM.

    Sure, it might be possible they were morons acting out, but this just seems to convenient to the left narrative for my acceptance of this at face value.

    I would put nothing past the FBI to manufacture something like this. They have been weaponized and politicized far too much to warrant blind faith in their deeds and not suspect there being some guidance given in order to set this up.

    Plain and simple, I do not trust the FBI acted in good faith, as they certainly haven’t been for a while now.

      If this article were a tweet, it would likely get ratio’ed.

      There is nothing ‘right wing’ about this so-called ‘militia group.’ Just sayin’

      Joe Biden Smears President Trump after Trump-Hating Anarchist Arrested in Whitmer Kidnap Plot

    funny how this dovetails so nicely with that narrative, don’t you think?

The left will assume “militia” means these people are right wing lunatics. There is currently no information about what kind of lunatics they are. But they are definitely lunatics.

Savor the irony! The FBI, a KGB-like organization that has been waging a coup for 4+ years to overthrow a legally-elected President, now claims to have evidence of a “right-wing militia” planning to kidnap and kill a Communist governor.

Just wait until the FBI gets around to dealing with antifa. Any second now!!

    Whitewall in reply to mailman. | October 8, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    I guarantee you FBI agents or informers are part of BLM and Antifa. Just like they did in the KKK decades ago.

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Whitewall. | October 9, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      I believe that the FBI agents and informers who are with BLM and ANTIFA are like what we used to call “Advisors” with ARVN.

      Subotai Bahadur

    JusticeDelivered in reply to mailman. | October 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    And BLM, a group in desperate need need of attention by law enforcement.

Not saying I agree with their tactics, but can understand how they feel, given that such a prescription is detailed in our founding documents:

“But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

    Milhouse in reply to slagothar. | October 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    That is talking about the people, acting through their elected representatives, not 20-30 random hooligans.

    And the right the people’s elected representatives have is to declare that they will no longer take the governor’s orders, not to kidnap her or harm her.

      txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | October 8, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      You DO know that this quote is from the Declaration of Indepencence, which was followed immediately by a revolution?

        Milhouse in reply to txvet2. | October 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

        You idiot. Of course it’s the declaration of independence. Have you ever read it? Do you have any idea what it’s about? What part of my comment do you think does not accurately reflect it, and in what way? Details, please, or admit that you’re an ignorant fool.

          txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | October 9, 2020 at 2:30 am

          “”That is talking about the people, acting through their elected representatives,””

          Well, this part – unless you’re referring to revolutionaries as your “elected representatives”, in which case I suppose Antifa can claim legitimacy also.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 9, 2020 at 2:54 pm

          Confirmed: You are an idiot. Who the $#%^ do you think made this declaration? Who was it that rose up against the UK and declared independence? It was the people’s elected representatives. The legislatures that the people had elected to make their laws, declared in their name that they would no longer obey the UK government, directed the war against the UK, and after over a year of fighting formally declared independence and explained to the world why they had done so and by what right. The right they claimed was derived directly from the fact that they represented the people. A random set of 20-30 radicals does NOT have that legitimacy, at least not under the Declaration’s principles.

        Milhouse in reply to txvet2. | October 8, 2020 at 10:07 pm

        Oh, and as further proof of your arrogant ignorance, the declaration of independence was not followed by a revolution. The revolution started more than a year earlier. The declaration merely explained why.

        Now tell me who the declaration is talking about. Whose declaration is it, and who does it say has the right of revolution?

          txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | October 9, 2020 at 2:40 am

          “”the declaration of independence was not followed by a revolution. The revolution started more than a year earlier. The declaration merely explained why.””

          True, fighting had begun before the Declaration, which only makes my point, not yours.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 9, 2020 at 2:56 pm

          You still don’t get it. The people’s elected legislators, having been directing the war for over a year, decided they had to explain to the world what right they had to do it.

      Have you ever tried fishing for thumbs-up, instead of thumbs down? 🙂

Blithering idiots.

thalesofmiletus | October 8, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Anarchist loudmouths talking about a lot of bull that was never going to happen.

Meanwhile, we have to eliminate cops so BLM/Antifa can destroy and murder without resistance.

nordic_prince | October 8, 2020 at 5:07 pm

The timing is too convenient by half.

    Timing indeed. I don’t buy it. I recall Whitmer making a big to do over people with “Swastika Signs” during those lockdown protests.

    I’ve looked at some video clips and screenshots of the event. The signs with the Swastika were clearly ones critical of Whitmer, comparing her gross overreach and over the top crackdown to the edicts of Nazi Germany.

    She has to have seen and known about the actual context of the signs. The point is, Whitmer is a bald faced power hungry liar. Like CNN, you cannot take anything she says as the truth.

Or, it could be just another hoax. The Democrat Party runs on hoaxes, think of Christine Blasey Ford and Jussie Smollett.

Close The Fed | October 8, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Governor Whitmer was asking for this, as Slagothar noted. She deprived people of almost all their liberties, asked them to starve, to go bankrupt.

She and others like her (de Blasio, Newsome, et al.) have rested upon their knowledge that Americans are largely a civilized and tolerant lot…. The problem they failed to factor in, is that even tolerant people have their limits.

Whitmer has zero right to complain about any plot against her. When you deprive people of their rights, they have an inalienable natural right to re-assume those rights.

In fact, the federal government guarantees to the states a “republican” form of government. The Feds should be arresting themselves for failing to do so.

The Feds are an embarassment to civilized America. Clinton, Biden, Obama are still walking around. Whitmer is still dicktator (not a typo). Americans all over the country are still being imprisoned by their governments.

Whoever these men are, if they had a serious plan, I applaud them.

Whitmer maybe has heard of Mussolini? His ending was pretty much what hers ought to be.

    Sanddog in reply to Close The Fed. | October 8, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Covid cases in my state have tripled. The governor has upped the shriek level in her weekly facebook haranguing and no one gives a shit. We locked down for 7 months and she destroyed our economy for less than 900 deaths. I figured they’d start resisting back at the beginning of September so she got a month more than I expected before people just started tossing her the finger and ignoring her edicts.

Close The Fed | October 8, 2020 at 5:25 pm

And let us not forget: Madame Whitmer was fully willing to direct others to USE FORCE against those that “disobeyed” her. Meaning, she was willing to KILL her citizens if they disobeyed her.

Ultimately, behind all “laws” is force, brute force. And sometimes brute force goes brutally wrong, and people die.

So, Madame Whitmer, what goes around, comes around.

Close The Fed | October 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

Oh, and who knows whatever followed after we discovered the FBI knew about the muslims from Arizona that drove to Garland Texas for the Moohamed Cartoon Contest, and shot the place up?

Seriously, no serious person can take state or federal governments seriously.

That rat Wray heads the FBI.
Nothing is credible on its face.

Meanwhile him anticancer are looting and burning cities with impunity. But the problem the FBI has are these people will fight back and those nice clean suits will get rumpled and torn.

Stupid phone.blm and antifa.

Someone should read “The Ransom Of Red Chief”.

The thought police clearly paid a VI $8600 to set this up. It only became a federal offense when they talked about taking her to WI.

The timing is suspect, of course. And, of course, don’t trust the FBI or any other federal agency. I mean they wrapped up this investigation and arrested these lunatics in a heartbeat. Yet, we still see BLM and Antifa prowling streets all across the country with zero indictments and those arrested have been set free for the most part. Well, except those two lefty lawyer that tried to Molotov Cocktail and NYPD cruiser. Guess they’re just collateral damage… or will be let off by a sympathetic jury. If it ever goes to trial.

The Packetman | October 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Yeah … until high-level FBI officials start going to jail, I don’t believe a word they say.

Jack Posobiec tracked down the ringleader:

Jack Posobiec on Twitter: ““Right-wing”” / Twitter

Turns out the guy is some sort of left wing anarchist.

I agree, there’s no reason to believe a word of it. FBI does not have a solid track record for either competence or probity. Besides, this doesn’t pass the “silly” test. Who would want to kidnap Whitmer? Once they have her, they’re stuck with her. No thanks.

Now, if FBI could work in a little something linking this purported conspiracy to Russian collusion, I’d at least have to give them credit for persistence.

Close The Fed | October 8, 2020 at 5:50 pm

I will repeat a comment I made on another thread.

I know this will not happen, but we all know it should:

If any government executive or legislative body arranges it so that Americans are victims of “shut downs” or “mass imprisonment” due to a virus, no government employees of said executive branch and legislative branch should receive any pay.

There is no misery comprehended, like misery also endured.

Possibly very convenient timing for a dem hoax? Sorry, but it’s 2020 and there’s ample precedent of people losing their sh1t.

Will be interesting to see what the underlying facts look like. And if not a hoax, some incredibly poor thinking by anyone who would want to do it for real.

Just out of curiosity, who were they going to get to pay the ransom…
the Sanitation department???

Don’t let anyone paint these “militia members” as right wing. One of the so/called ring leaders has a video out with his Anarchist flag in plain view. What “right wing” group wants to kill police officers? This bunch was more Antifa than anything else.

Barry Soetoro | October 8, 2020 at 7:08 pm

We are well past time for a Lockean appeal to heaven. The Founders would have used their God given right to arms long ago. The Stupid Party can’t be trusted to hold Democrat criminals accountable; besides, they move at the speed of Republican, which is slower than molasses at a glacial maximum.

The FBI nabbed Cesar Sayoc just before the 2016 election. He’s the guy who mailed inert ‘bombs’ to a number of folks. The FBI claimed that the ‘bombs’ contained ‘energetic materials’, but never did say what that was.

Mostly Peaceful plotting….

The ringleader is clearly an anarchist NOT a right wing militia

Freaking FBI let’s thousands loot and murder all over the US but gee, aren’t they proud of themselves here
Too convenient

I wonder, we’re they kneeling like the unforgettable pictures of OUR FBI kneeling before the BLM/Antifa crowd

I would have fired them all

    Troy_Bilt65 in reply to gonzotx. | October 8, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Written thumbs up, since this platform selected a thumbs down automatically and wouldn’t let me change it.

If they had to provide a ‘proof of life’ for the kidnapping, they could have cut out a piece of her forehead and sent it on. She’d never miss it.

Those potheads couldn’t milita themselves out of their own way. This smells like the stuff my cat buried in the yard today.

Not a militia group and they hated trump too. But calling it a militia group ties it to white conservatives which is what the media wanted. Its also why whitmer and state police were extra afraid when 2a and covid lockdown protest groups showed up at the capitol. Mary should have chosen her words a little more carefully…

Well, the Narrative has started to collapse – within 24 hours.

The FBI arrests some of their Antifa mascots who have not yet committed crimes yet (while continuing to ignore the hundreds of violent Antifa brownshirts who have) and slaps the deceptive label “militia” on them. The Joseph Goebbels media boosts the lie and labels them “right wing” and “white supremacist”. And now Facebook and YouTube are scrubbing the evidence of this fraud by deleting the accounts of the ringleader.

This is really starting to look like a Reichstag fire-type deception. The FBI is morphing into the KGB with this latest false-flag operation of theirs.

The leader is an ANARCHIST who says Trump is a Tyrant.

Media spin on this is pretty ridiculous.

    He’s likely a registered Democrat.

    NotCoach in reply to Aarradin. | October 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

    And thus my problem with Ms. Chastain’s plea. Who exactly is she talking to? I have never seen any evidence that Michigan militias are creatures of the right as we understand the right. And if this anarchist thinks Trump is a tyrant we are talking about one of those retarded social anarchists who think the natural state of man is collectivism.

The F.B.I. needs all the brownie points they can contrive right now.

“For crying out loud, this is not how you deal with politicians you do not like.”

No? Then what is the 2nd Amendment for? So we can shoot at police and soldiers who are “following orders”? Nay, why not make targets of those giving the orders to destroy the Republic? What better way to control their intemperate actions than for them to know that with such acts they make targets of themselves? They wanted to know how much abuse we’d take. I’d say they’re right up against the limit.

“…the second amendment is not for killing little ducks and leaving Huey and Dewey and Louie without an aunt and uncle. It is for hunting politicians…”
Representative Bob Dornan
Remark made on the House floor, Jan 25, 1995

All the arrested were Antifa members!!!

buckeyeminuteman | October 9, 2020 at 5:48 am

Not going to lie, I wish they had succeeded.

in over six months we’ve heard of fbi action twice.
first was the nascar noose hoax that needed 15 agents.
now we get this?
i am NOT entertained!!

“For crying out loud, this is not how you deal with politicians you do not like.”

To whom are you speaking? I am a Michigander and I don’t consider these morons to be any type of people I would ever associate with.

So, someone is surprised that some anarchist wacko might enlist other wackos to kidnap possibly the most totalitarian governor in the US?

By their own admission, this was not a “militia” which was setting this up. But, in the world of liberal media any “group” of white people who may advocate using any kind of force to protect themselves and society as a domestic terrorist militia. However, any armed group of Blacks or their white supporters who actually use force of arms to harm others and destroy property, illegally, are heralded as freedom fighters.

Now, this alleged plot should have been shutdown as soon as possible. As the FBI should have learned, following the Garland Texas shooting in 2015, which an undercover FBI agent witnessed and filmed, these things can not be allowed to continue too long. In this case, informants supposedly supplied the information used for the arrest. How reliable are these informants? We’ll see. It is interesting that the FBI can “infiltrate” “right-wing” groups and yet, are seemingly unable to do the same with left-wing socialist and anarchist groups. Hummmm. Maybe the agency is too busy taking a knee in solidarity with BLM and AntiFa.

Difficult to believe, check these perps for sanity and/or sobriety.

Wretched Gretchen, Wicked Witch of the North, world class drama queen, is riding this for all it’s worth!

This falls into a dog chasing a car. What’s he going to do when he catches it?

    DaveGinOly in reply to Romey. | October 9, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    This group doesn’t look very cerebral. Exactly the types sought by those wishing to conduct such operations without risking themselves, or making it look like such an operation was actually being planned aka a “false flag operation”.

    How Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) recruits suicide bombers, according to a Navy SEAL and senior chief in the book The Sheriff of Ramadi:

    “The senior AQI leaders – the foreigners – won’t (commit suicide bombings) themselves. They get others to do it. They prey upon (those who) are insecure or have some psychological disorder. Some of them have severe learning disabilities…”

So, the dictator’s internal secret police foiled a kidnappimg of one of his more outspoken opponents within government.

Worst dictator ever, or simply bad at it.