FBI agent – militia? Uh, er, um, what militia?

One month ago the FBI, after conducting a two year investigation, swooped in on a Michigan militia group and arrested nine of its members. The state-run media was all over the story of this “violent” Christian group who were plotting to kill law enforcement officers. (story here)

This story tells how it may not have been the FBI, but the Keystone Kops who investigated the group. The lead investigator apparently doesn’t remember many of the details of the investigation.

An FBI agent who led the investigation of nine Michigan militia members charged with trying to launch war against the federal government couldn’t recall many details of the two-year probe yesterday during questioning by defense lawyers.

Even the judge who must decide whether to release the nine until trial was puzzled.

“I share the frustrations of the defense team … that she doesn’t know anything,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said after agent Leslie Larsen confessed she hadn’t reviewed her notes recently and couldn’t remember specific details of the case.

Judge Roberts is hearing an appeal of another judge’s order that has kept members of so-called Hutaree militia in jail since their arrest in late March.

The friggin’ lead investigator doesn’t remember any details of the investigation? What the hell kind of outfit are they (the FBI) running out there? This is embarrassing to say the least.

The nine lawyers asked specific questions about each defendant. Ms. Larsen said she had not listened entirely to certain recordings made by an undercover agent who infiltrated the group.

She said that because they were still being examined, she didn’t know if weapons seized by investigators last month were illegal.

At other times, Ms. Larsen couldn’t answer questions because she said she hadn’t reviewed investigative reports.

Defense lawyer William Swor asked if the No. 1 defendant, Hutaree leader David Stone, had ever instructed anyone to make a bomb.

“I can’t fully answer that question,” the agent replied.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel defended Ms. Larsen, telling the judge it wasn’t clear until Monday that she would testify.

Judge Roberts, however, said she told the government to be prepared last week.

Yeah, they were prepared alright. What a mess…

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