Six people have been charged in an alleged domestic terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to newly unsealed court records.
The records – unsealed Thursday – revealed that the federal government charged 6 men for conspiring alongside a militia group, “discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components,” according to the Detroit Free Press, via the Daily Caller.
Members of the militia group conducted surveillance, held training sessions and meetings, and purchased weapons.
But, their plan fell through after the FBI was able to infiltrate the group with informants, according to the Free Press.
Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were all charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping by the U.S. District Court in the western district of Michigan, according to the report.
The FBI originally became aware of the plot through social media earlier this year. According to the affidavit, group members discussed the “violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement” including Gov. Whitmer, and “agreed to take violent action.”
Their goal was to put the governor on trial for treason.
FBI special agent Richard J. Trask II said in the criminal complaint that the men had Whitmer’s vacation home under surveillance in August and September.
The men had purchased an 800,000-volt Taser and night goggles, and the FBI also believes they were seeking to buy explosives during the week of October 4 through the 10 to use in the kidnapping, Trask said, according to the Free Press.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider in the Eastern District of Michigan referred to the allegations as “deeply disturbing.”
“All of us can disagree about politics, but those disagreements should never, ever result in violence,” Schneider said, via the Caller. “We owe our thanks to the men and women of law enforcement who uncovered this plot and have worked so hard to protect Gov. Whitmer.”
But, this vicious plot is not the first time Whitmer has been under fire.
The governor has been the recent target of weekly protests against her coronavirus restrictions, which began in April, which were some of the strictest lockdowns in the country.
Whitmer said that during these protests, she received threats of violence and was concerned about some people carrying weapons, the Caller reports.
The 6 men could face up to life in prison.
Antifa supporter leads Portland mayoral race
The leading candidate of the Portland mayoral race, Sarah Iannarone, is a supporter of Antifa
The leading candidate of the Portland mayoral race, Sarah Iannarone, is a supporter of Antifa.
And considering Portland’s record of extreme unrest over the last few months, it seems quite fitting.
Iannarone has a lead over incumbent Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler 41 percent to 30 percent, according to a poll commissioned by the Portland Business Alliance, local paper Willamette Week reported on Monday.
Her lead is well outside the poll’s four-percentage-point margin of error, the Daily Caller reports. The poll also found that 16 percent of voters plan to support a write-in candidate and an additional 13 percent remain undecided.
Current mayor Ted Wheeler’s popularity has plummeted immensely since the first round of voting in May, when he won just under 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff between the two candidates.
Controversially, Iannarone is an open supporter of Antifa, a decentralized, far-left movement whose members have lashed out and unleashed violence in cities across the country in recent months.
“To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa,” Iannarone wrote in a January 2019 tweet.
“I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more. They are coming after our democracy,” she continued.
Iannarone’s campaign manager, a left-wing activist named Gregory McKelvey, led protestors in shutting down a Portland highway following the 2016 election, the Willamette Week reported, via the Daily Caller.
Iannarone has expressed support for the nightly unrest in the city, which has often turned into violent riots.
“My daughter was in the streets last night driven by anti-racist conviction. She is not an agitator nor an opportunist and she should not fear for her safety at the hands of Portland police,” she wrote in a May 31 tweet.
“Protests will continue in our city and across the country until our leaders address the problems racism, police brutality, and white supremacy undergirding our society,” she added in an accompanying statement.
Iannarone’s platform includes a “Housing for All” plan, as well as declaring a “climate emergency” and diverting funds from the city’s police department into social services.
If Iannarone wins the mayoral race, the city of Portland faces a future of even more unrest and violence.
But, only time will tell.
Democratic Operative Comes Clean: ‘I Was A Master At Fixing Mail-In Ballots’
One top Democratic operative took it upon himself to whistleblow on the fraudulent practices of voting, especially with mail-in ballots. Speaking on condition of anonymity because of his own criminal activities participating in voter fraud, the Democratic operative sought out New York Post reporter Jon Levine to explain it all.
Levine’s article published over the weekend was titled, “Confessions of voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots.” A “top Democratic operative says voter fraud, especially with mail-in ballots, is no myth. And he knows This because he’s been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades” writes Levine. The anonymous operative admitted, “this is a real thing…and there is going to be a f-king war coming November 3rd over this stuff” but admits “if they knew how the sausage was made, they could fix it.”
Operative trick #1: “the ballot has no specific security features – like a stamp or a watermark – so the insider said he would just make his own ballots. ‘I just put [the ballot] through the copy machine and it comes out the same way’ the insider said.” The man admitted, “his dirty work has taken him through the weeds of municipal and federal elections in Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Hoboken and Hudson County and his fingerprints can be found in local legislative, mayoral and congressional races across the Garden State.”
The Post confirmed the whistleblower’s identity, rap sheet and “long history working as a consultant to various campaigns.” The insider “says he not only changed ballots himself over the years, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.” Unfortunately, “some of the biggest names and highest officeholders in New Jersey have benefited from his tricks, according to campaign records The Post reviewed.”
The whistleblower is a self-admitted Bernie Sanders “die-hard with no horse in the presidential race.” He simply said he “felt compelled to come forward in the hope that states would act now to fix the glaring security problems present in mail-in ballots.”
Additional unethical practices the insider engaged in, is “he would have his operatives fan out, going house to house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf as a public service. The fraudster and his minions would then take the sealed envelopes home and hold them over boiling water. ‘You have to steam it to loosen the glue’ said the insider.” They would then replace the real ballot with a counterfeit ballot and reseal the envelope.
He and his operatives would be careful to sprinkle fake ballots in mailboxes around town. He even said sometimes postal employees are in on the scam. “You have a postman who is a rabid anti-Trump guy and he’s working in Bedminster or some Republican stronghold…He can take those [filled-out] ballots, and knowing 95% are going to a Republican, he can just throw those in the garbage.”