March 29th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

Militia Accused of Plotting War Against U.S.: Join the Live Chat

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We've got breaking news on the 'Christian warrior' militia accused of plotting to kill police to kick off its war against the U.S. government.  There are new details on the investigation we'll bring you tonight.  Plus, we begin our special investigation 'Scientology: A History of Violence.'

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  1. Lynne

    Please do not refer to this group as christian or their tactics as biblical to do so is a grave misrepresentation of the bible and christianity. They may call themselves christian but they are not. Their actions, their twisted beliefs and their hatred show they are not truely christian and to refer to them as a christian group does not reflect biblical truth or christian practice.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Kim- Ohio

    Again....Ignorance is bliss!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Susan, NJ...if women ran the world we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Sheila Toomey, Woburn, Massachusetts

    My mom told me about these Russian women suicide bombers. She heard that they want to pull that here. Sigh. Why?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    I had no idea those Republicans were such party animals.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  6. D. Vincent - Chicago

    There is a great book out called Modern American Extremist it's a must read. Groups like the Pro- Life Action League are named. These groups are more prevalent then you might think. Extremism in the name of god.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I wonder if we sent the militias to clubs like that, if they'd chill.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "No, wonder he is so happy!" He's taking care of business!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  9. LisaL -Canada

    it sounds as though the concern is more who picked up the tab than the fact that these fellow were there – and this fits in with conservative values HOW? i find that whole club-thing totally amusing!!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  10. Susan, NJ

    This is why we need more women in politics to keep everyone motivated to stay on the straight and narrow path and now mess around when they are trying to gain the trust of the public.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Jo Ann.....isn't it always the ones we least expect?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Larry

    @Mike good to see one person stand up for out vets.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Jan, LA

    The militias are making a comeback and it looks like it is only going to get worse. Some are amateur groups, blind followers, but others should be feared.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Vickie May

    Anderson could you tell your viewers what part of ohio the militia men were found in. obviously, I live in ohio. I love your show. All I can say what is the world coming to.


    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    A bondage-themed night club? Steele doesn't look the type!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Jennifer - Michigan

    Oh man...of course the place is called Voyeur (go figure)

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    ..."Voyeur, a lavish new nightspot suggesting that highbrow elegance and a bit of S&M are not mutually exclusive."

    "...elegant and steamy new supper club in the middle of "Boystown" (aka gay West Hollywood).

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Martin in New York City

    Re: The extremist group arrests.

    Anderson, your guests were mentioning 'lone wolf' incidents in the last year. Don't forget the Census worker who was killed and strapped to a tree, I believe it was over the summer. The body was apparently found with the word "Fed' carved in his chest.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, He was. (Tim McVeigh)

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Dulcie - Denver

    @Jo Ann, North Royalton

    I agree completely.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Joanne

    The militia people are definitely scary. But they don't have squat on what scientology has done, and continues do do. I won't even go into their exclusive religious tax exemption, not available to citizens of any other religion. I thought the Establishment clause of our constitution, was supposed to treat all religions equally.... Operation "Snow White"

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Sheila Toomey, Woburn, Massachusetts

    @ Rick from Detriot... That is VERY interesting. Forgot about that.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. brenda

    These groups have ALWAYS been alive and well...They believe that killing is the answer..Killing who? Anyone that they disagree with.
    The fact is there are SOME veterans who have chosen to train these people...they are a part of them, they think like they do..It's Not All Veterans but it is a fact.
    These Militiamen certainly are not of God because God is Love.....These people don't want to Love anyone...
    I want to hear from the GOP, members of the house and senate and many others STEPPING UP and condemning these groups...

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. anthony

    is it not rather redundant to have people going to war against their own people because their unhappy about whats happening with all the people, in the people's country, do you see whats happening... who are the people again?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Mike

    I would have liked to seen some balance with that last segment on the militia's.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  26. sue r

    I agree with you Mike,,,,Charlie,,thats not a nice thing to say about our veteran's.

    Sue R.
    Canton Mi

    March 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Heather Downs

    I have to say this is something like out of a movie. I live in the area. It blows my mind to think of something like this happening in our own backyard! We hear about things like this but never witnessed anything first hand. Today I was on my way home from visiting a friend only to be stopped by a mob of military! Talk about scary! Evidently they were working on a stand off to catch Josh Stone. This has definitely put our small community in a panic so to speak. I know me as a parent will not even allow my children to go outside to play. These crazy people call themselves Christians! That's pretty funny! BUT I have to honest and say that it is guaranteed that there are definitely MORE Militia Groups in and around Adrian, MI. The FBI needs to search other so called Christian Groups in this area as well. Thank you

    March 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Jennifer - Michigan

    Ross Williams – I agree with you...not all militia groups are extremists.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. LisaL -Canada

    happy monday – great show so far – hope the militia arrests do not start making people paranoid about their neighbours – on top of people feeling isolated, that is not a good direction to be heading

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Matthew

    Anderson, could you please pose the question of the Constitutionality of existing militias? While not condoning the alleged intentions of Hutaree, do Americans not have the right to assemble and organize militias?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Gloria-Brooklyn NY

    Your post on being Christian seems very insightful. I am not Cristian, but i have read the bible.

    Didn't Christ say something like those of us who have more should tend to the least among us?

    This new healthcare bill seems to do that. So, why would so many CHristians be against it? Why would some of them espouse violence?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. charlie

    Of course many of these passions exist is many countries. It is only in the US that such groups have a right to own sophisticated weaponry.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    No, They will no take over at least for while, but I am not sure they will take over this time.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Sheila Toomey, Woburn, Massachusetts

    I wonder what Cruise and Travolta will say about these Sciencetology claims.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It seems to me that the politicfal climate in this country is reaching a dangerous level unheard of in my lifetime.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    @Cessy – Chicago, I can assure you that there is many more than 20 members if you count the fringes attached.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Felix

    The steep rise in the number of militant groups is not surprising given the constant screams from republicans and the tea party to "take back our country" and their attempts to demonize a president who looks "different".

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Dulcie - Denver

    The reason the report appears to target conservatives is because the conservatives are the ones that promote violence. Far left groups tend to be peaceful since about the 60's. Even then, it was a rarity for the lefties to get violent.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  39. chris

    I live in Flint,Michigan and everyone knows there are many militia's in the state. Especially in the middle of the state and toward the bottom going west. Many people have looked the other way even with some clan rally's that have gone on. I know we have to have freedom of speech, but sooner or later these groups are going to escalate their agenda.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Joel

    These people give christians who truly do good in this world a bad name. They are a joke, a couple of wanna be special forces operators who couldn't hack it if they tried.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. John

    Just one question, why is it that this group of home grown terrorist aren't being treated and labeled as such.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. RickFromDetroit

    Speaking of terrorist, Tim McVeigh who blew up the OK City Federal Bldg was from Michigan.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Kim- Ohio

    We have this hatred movement fueled by members of our own gov't...this is the kind of example some are setting. Of course this MI group is very extreme.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Many of these militia members are military wannabes. They are people who can't get in or can't hack the military.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Mike

    Why are these particular people, who planned to use violence in the name of their religion, being called a Christian militia? If they were from the Middle East or Muslims, they would be called terrorists.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It is amazing how many hate-filled and violent groups associate themselves with and do their damage in the name of God or religion.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I see these militia organizations as people who are angry with society, bitter, and terribly, terribly mis-guided. Stir-in religion and "Christianity" and you have a self-justified ticking time bomb.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  48. fridah sang

    Is it a coincident that this group's name sounds like "Hatari" in swahili meaning dangerous? just curious

    March 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Ross Williams

    Good evening all. Just wanted to add my comment on the militia groups. I personally know a guy who is a friend who started his own militia group in Colorado they helped the police their bust up a drug dealing ring in the area. Just have to realize not all militia groups are nuts.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  50. james

    my opinion of all this is that this new world order is coming its everywhere theses people are just peparing themselves for what is to come and i have been looking into this case and have not found good evidence of so called "weapons of mass destruction" pipe bombs are not really mass destruction yes dangerous i agree but no not w.o.m.d

    March 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
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