Tuesday, May 4, 2010
US District Judge Victoria Roberts released the Hutaree militia members pending trial. After Judge Roberts heard the rambling testimony of the FBI’s supposed undercover operative who couldn’t even remember details of what she was testifying about, Judge Roberts decided the goofy garbled audio recordings of this Hutaree group planning violence against the government was insufficient to revoke bail. Parts of the recordings included the FBI’s operative leading the conversations. Judge Roberts was not impressed. "This so-called speech—never delivered outside the van—speaks of reclaiming America, not overthrowing the United States government," Roberts said. Lest anyone think this is a rightwing nutcase judge, handpicked by white supremacists, Judge Roberts is an African/American Clinton appointee to the bench.
The Hutaree militia setup brings me to my main point. Would it not be more relevant if our FBI concentrated on vetting naturalized Middle Eastern citizens disappearing back into homelands like Pakistan for five months as the accused Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad did? As the ‘data mining’ operations open this critical investigation into an International case involving foreign terrorist plots with real enemies, maybe now would be a good time for the FBI to stop chasing manufactured ones. When keeping track of people, including naturalized citizens who return to their homelands like Pakistan, Syria, Iran, etc, would it not be a good idea to keep in mind the usual vacation from work is two weeks. When these folks disappear for five months into the back regions of Pakistan like Faisal did would it not be a good preventative terrorist measure to keep an eye on him upon reentry into our nation? I believe the Department of Justice could use the funds they waste on setting up backwoods Christians to do just that. As Judge Roberts pointed out in the Hutaree case – it is not training for the overthrow of the United States when a group goes out twice a year using legal firearms and ammunition to fire at dirt mounds.http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/arrest_made_in_times_sq_bomb_attack_SpJXpRSSKG3mVG35jDKUQP