Michael Brendan Dougherty
Business Insider
February 13, 2012

The trial of seven members of the Hutaree militia group begins today. They are charged with a number of crimes- from illegally owning firearms to conspiracy to overthrow the government and use weapons of mass destruction.

Two years ago, the FBI and Michigan state police took nine men into custody. Initially the Hutaree members reached out to other Michigan militia groups asking for aid in resisting arrest. Those groups declines.

Are the seven members of the Hutaree militia group who face trial today just a bunch of gun-loving good ol’ boys who talked tough about taking their country back and drilled themselves in military tactics? Or are they a domestic terrorist group that engaged in a seditious conspiracy to murder police and overthrow the government?

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