By Brian Martel
According to FBI documents, 13 men were arrested for a plot to “instigate a civil war.” Six were charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and seven members of the militia group ‘Wolverine Watchmen’ were charged with planning to storm the state capitol.
In April, hundreds of armed right-wing protesters entered the Michigan Capitol to protest the stay-at-home order issued by Whitmer. At least three of the 13 men arrested were present then among the armed protesters.
Earlier this year, Adam Fox and Barry Croft began plotting to overthrow government officials “they believe [were] violating the US Constitution.” In June, they met with 13 others in the basement of Fox’s business where they discussed “creating a society that followed the US Bill of Rights and where they could be self-sufficient.”
The group decided they needed to “increase their numbers” and “spread their message.” Part of this included recruiting the Wolverine Watchmen, who Fox had met during one of their “field training exercises” in preparation for the “boogaloo,” a term used to describe an impending civil war.
Fox planned to gather “200 men’ to storm the Capitol building” and take multiple officials hostage, including Whitmer. The men conducted surveillance on Whitmer’s vacation home and planned to detonate a bomb under a bridge to distract authorities in order to kidnap the governor and take her to a “secure location” where they would try the governor for “treason.”
Right-wing militia groups have been active in Michigan since the early 90s and reportedly had links to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who are revered as heroes by the modern US fascist movement for bombing the Oklahoma City federal building. Militias have recently increased activity across the US, corresponding to the increased reactionization of the state and in response to the movement for Black lives.
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