Feds: Christian militia needed to be `taken down'

A law enforcement official walks out of an armored vehicle in a staging area in Hillsdale County, Mich. during a search for a fugitive who is part of a Christian militia group Monday March 29, 2010. Nine members of a Christian militia group that claimed to be preparing to fight the Antichrist were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and then slaughter scores more by bombing the funeral, all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the government. Eight members of the Michigan-based Hutaree were arrested over the weekend in raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and another was still being sought. (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero) (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero)

March 30, 2010 1:23:52 PM PDT
Federal authorities had been monitoring members of a Michigan-based Christian militia for some time but were forced to "take them down" over the weekend after learning of an imminent threat against police, the U.S. attorney leading the prosecution said Tuesday.