A New Name in American Paranoia: Hutaree

Raids in the Midwest brought in seven members of an extremist Christian group suspected of plotting against police and the federal government

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These Michigan trailers served as a base of operations.

No one quite knows why the group in the middle of the latest armed-militia controversy calls itself the Hutaree. Even the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery, Ala., group that monitors militias and extremist groups, knows little about the Hutaree. Bloggers following the raids on Hutaree camps in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio over the weekend speculated that the word was made up, one that came out of the group's own invented dialect, which appears to include military ranks with bizarre names of no clear etymology (its leader, for instance, was known as Captain Hutaree, and was sometimes just called, Joe...

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