Evidence compiled by the U.S. Attorney's Office against the individuals suspected of plotting a conspiracy to kidnap and kill the Michigan government includes Gretchen Whitmer deterring training videos and text messages between the alleged conspirators.
The US Attorney's Office for the Western Michigan District released a plethora of photos, videos, phone calls and encrypted messages that they plan to use as evidence against the six men charged by the federal government in the Whitmer kidnapping.
Evidence includes videos of men exercising with semi-automatic weapons demonstrating a taser they allegedly tried to use in the kidnapping act.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that five Michigan men were on trial for conspiracy to kidnap charges.
The US attorney’s office released evidence of videos and text messages in her case against six men suspected of a federal conspiracy to kidnap charges against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
After exiting a PT Cruiser, men were seen allegedly performing tactical training exercises
The alleged conspirators also showed how quickly they could reload weapons
The five Michigan men are Adam & # 39; Alpha F — You & # 39; Fox, 37, of Potterville; Ty Garbin, 25, of Hartland Township; Kaleb Franks, 26, also known as "Red Hot"; Daniel Harris, 23, aka "Beaker" and Brandon Caserta, 32, aka "Debased Tyrant".
The judge also ordered that a sixth man – Barry Croft, 44, of Bear, Delaware – be relocated from his home state to Michigan on the same kidnapping charge, according to the Detroit News.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer was reportedly targeted by the alleged conspirators for acting with "uncontrolled power" during the coronavirus pandemic
The video, released by the U.S. Attorney's Office, showed several men on federal indictments performing what appeared to be tactical training drills in which they exited a PT Cruiser and shot at an invisible target.
Additional videos showed men reloading ammo in a split second, boasting about what they would do if something went wrong.
A video also shows accused conspirator Fox smiling as he fires a taser identified as an 800,000 volt model, according to Detroit News.
In early October, Fox told other members of the group that he had bought a taser that the group had discussed in the alleged kidnapping act, according to a court document obtained from KVIA.
However, it is unclear whether the taser in the video and the allegedly discussed Taser Fox are the same.
Meanwhile, you see Caserta talking to the camera and saying, “If that doesn't work, if the whole thing happens, you know I'll tell you what kind of guy. I'm taking out as many of these morons as I can. & # 39;
He goes on to say that he is tired of being robbed and enslaved by the state and is apparently referring to police officers.
He then tells whoever is watching the video that if they come across the supposed robbers and slaves while they are "scouting", "either tell them to leave immediately or they will die, period". because & # 39; they are the king's enemy, period. & # 39;
One of the videos showed alleged conspirator Brandon Caserta, 32 (left) sharing antipolice rhetoric, while another video showed Adam Dean Fox (right) demonstrating a taser
In the video showing the alleged tactical training video, the men were seen exiting a PT Cruiser
The authorities also shared encrypted messages allegedly sent by the alleged conspirators
The alleged conspirators shared stories of how they were stopped by the police and how easy it would be to "type" them and get away with it at night
Authorities said the text messages contained pictures of the conspirators as they monitored Whitmer's properties
Text messages published by the government are said to have been encrypted text messages allegedly sent to one another over the past few months about suspected kidnapping plans.
“Let one person go to your house. Knock on the door and when she answers, just lock it, ”reads a message Fox 17 received.
Another text message contained emojis suggesting a plan to blow up a bridge to slow down the police who may be responding to the kidnapping.
The alleged conspirators also texted each other about stowing drug kits and buying getaway vehicles while saying they had "focused righteous anger supported by truth and morality".
One message said, “When it comes to this, you don't have to try to use presence to combat fear. The fear will manifest itself through bullets. & # 39;
Other text messages received from Local 12 show the alleged conspirators telling stories of being "robbed" – run over – by police officers who "illegally" searched their cars and planted Xanax in their car when he came next Times is run over.
At some point one of the suspected conspirators says he has the names of the officers who dragged him over and it would be easy to "type" them and get away invisible because they work at night.
Among the text messages were maps and what appeared to be surveillance images of bridges and houses.
Authorities said the pictures were taken on land Whitmer owned.
If the men are convicted on federal charges, they will face life in prison.
Seven other men will face firearms and terrorism charges in state court in connection with the alleged abduction of Whitmer.
Governor Whitmer announced last week that the FBI had foiled alleged kidnapping plans against her.
The FBI made the arrests following an investigation into confidential sources, undercover agents, and classified records.
The accused conspirators are believed to have been members of anti-government paramilitary groups who viewed Whitmer's abduction as a way to get revenge on what they viewed as "uncontrolled power" during the coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities said four of the men planned to meet last week to pay for explosives and exchange tactical gear.
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