They go to jail.
A little tale of justice to conclude as three men who are members of a Michigan militia were sentenced to at least 7 to 12 years in prison for their part in the conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The three men, Paul Bellar, 24, Joseph Morrison, 28, and Pete Musico, 45, were found to have provided material support for a terrorist attack, gang membership involved in the conspiracy to kidnap the Michigan governor, and committed a gun crime.
The FBI arrested 13 suspects on October 8, 2020. They were believed to have planned a domestic terror plot to kidnap the Democratic governor and overthrow the Michigan state government.
They were sentenced in October.
The Detroit News reported Thursday: “The jury found that the three men, all members of the Wolverine Watchmen militia group, aided conspiracy leaders Adam Fox and Barry Croft, both charged with kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to use a… Mass weapon destruction were convicted in federal court. Prosecutors said the men were early collaborators and founders of Wolverine Watchmen, who helped train Fox and Croft in their plan to kidnap Whitmer.”
“When our elected leaders live in fear, our representative government suffers. A plan to kidnap Michigan’s governor and harm him is a threat not only to the incumbent but to democracy itself,” US Assistant Attorney Nils Kessler wrote in a December 5, 2022 filing.
Political violence and conspiracies to overthrow the government and force it to do what this faction wants it to do, as we saw in the attack on Speaker Pelosis’ husband by a man who saw her as a threat to others Wanted to roll members into Congress. He also expressed Q-Anon-esque thinking, with a youthful resentment of authority mixed with Covid conspiracies, complaints about censorship, and the usual toxic mix: “Anti-women information, anti-Jewish content content, federal law enforcement, you know, Pizzator, even the pyramids on the dollar bills.”
Physical assaults, kidnapping plots, attacks on the US Capitol, plots to hang the vice president if he doesn’t do what they want, plots to kill the speaker, plots to kidnap the governor of Michigan – all these things fall into place common theme. They are all motivated by conspiracies, lies and hate. This is why misinformation and disinformation are dangerous.
Hatred of women, hatred of Jews, being fed election lies, feeling controlled by being asked to stand a few feet apart during a pandemic and wear a mask so we don’t kill others – all of these add up towards Q, proposes radicalized, proposes far right.
All that violent extremism and terrorism, the armed hysteria and militia identification, the perceived persecution when asked to follow rules were supposedly over…
told what to do during a pandemic.
If that’s not the definition of snowflakes, I don’t know what is.
Sarah was accredited to report on President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and she exclusively interviewed spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi multiple times and exclusively reported on her first appearance at home after the first impeachment of then President Donald Trump.
Sarah is a two-time Telly Award-winning video producer and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.