This is from The Washington Post dot com. I found the link on Drudge.
Most of the charges against the Hut-uh-ree "militia" have been dismissed.
The meat of the article,
"U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members’ expressed hatred
of law enforcement didn’t amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the
government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent
inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of
anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case."
"The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be
sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise
to that level,” the judge said on the second anniversary of raids and
arrests that broke up the group."
"Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges:
conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and
conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Other weapons crimes tied
to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed."
The old trick was, and still is, Set 'em up and knock 'em down. Infiltrate a "group", do some rabble rousing, inspire them to action, provide the means, then have your buddies swoop in and save the day. Gotcha! Cool game, huh?
Only this time the veneer was a bit thin. Even the Judge, who is inclined to side with Law Imposement, saw the phoniness in this case.