Among the evidence the United States Department of Justice has gathered against the people suspected of conspiring to kidnap and murder Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are chilling training videos and text messages between the alleged conspirators. sent.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Michigan’s Western District has released a wealth of photos, videos, phone calls, and coded messages that they intend to use as evidence against the six men charged by the federal government in Whitmer’s plan.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that five Michigan men would be on trial for conspiracy to kidnap.
The U.S. attorney has released video and textual evidence in their case against six men facing federal conspiracy to press charges against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Men were seen doing supposed tactical training drills after leaving a PT Cruiser
The alleged conspirators also showed that they could reload quickly
The five men from Michigan are Adam “Alpha F — You” Fox, 37, from Potterville; Ty Garbin, 25, of Hartland Township; Kaleb Franks, 26, aka ‘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, from Bear, Delaware – be transferred from his home state to Michigan to undergo the same kidnapping. Detroit News.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was believed to have been targeted by the alleged conspirators for acting with ‘uncontrolled power’ during the coronavirus pandemic
A video released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office showed some of the men facing federal charges apparently performing tactical drills, exiting a PT Cruiser and firing at an invisible target.
Other videos showed men reloading ammunition in a split second and bragging about what they would do if something went wrong.
A video also shows accused conspirator Fox smiling as he unleashes a Taser, identified as an 800,000 volt Taser, according to the Detroit News.
Earlier in October, Fox had told others in the group that he had bought a taser, which the group had discussed using the alleged kidnapping plan, according to a court document obtained by KVIA.
However, it’s unclear whether the taser in the video and the taser Fox allegedly discussed are the same.
Caserta, meanwhile, can be seen talking to the camera saying, ‘When this goes down, when this whole thing, you know, starts happening, I’ll tell you some dude. I’ll take out as many of those bastards as I can. ‘
He goes on to say that he is ‘tired of being robbed and enslaved by the state’, apparently referring to police officers.
He then tells whoever should be watching the video that if they run into the alleged robbers and slaves doing ‘reconnaissance’, then ‘you either tell them to go now or else they die, period’ because ‘they be the damn enemy, period. ‘
One of the videos showed alleged conspirator Brandon Caserta, 32 (left), sharing anti-police 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
Authorities also shared encrypted messages supposedly sent by the alleged conspirators
The alleged conspirators shared stories of being stopped by the police and how easy it would be to ‘tap’ them off and get away with it at night
Authorities said the text messages contained images of the conspirators monitoring property that Whitmer owned
Text messages released by the government are said to be encrypted text messages that the suspects have sent each other in recent months regarding their alleged kidnapping plans.
Have one person go to her house. Knock on the door and when she answers, just give her a cap ‘, reads a message, obtained through Fox 17.
Another text message featured emojis suggesting a plan to blow up a bridge as a way to slow down the police who might respond to the kidnapping.
The alleged conspirators also texted each other about stocking up on medical kits and buying escape vehicles, saying they had “ righteous anger directed at truth and morality. ”
One message noted, “When it comes, there is no need to try to beat fear through presence. The fear will be manifested by bullets. ‘
Other text messages received by Local 12, show the alleged conspirators sharing stories of being ‘robbed’ – run over – by police officers who ‘illegally’ searched their car and planted xanax in their car for the next time it is stopped.
At one point, one of the alleged conspirators says he has the names of the officers who detained him and that it would be easy to ‘tag’ them and get away unseen because they work at night.
Text messages also included maps and what appeared to be surveillance footage of bridges and houses.
Authorities said the images were taken on properties Whitmer owned.
If convicted of federal charges, the men will face life in prison.
Seven other men are charged by state court with firearms and terrorism in connection with Whitmer’s alleged plot.
Gov. Whitmer announced last week that the FBI had foiled alleged kidnapping plans against her.
The FBI made the arrests after investigations involving confidential sources, undercover agents and clandestine recordings.
The accused conspirators are said to be members of paramilitary anti-governmental groups that saw Whitmer’s kidnapping as a way to retaliate for what they saw as her use of ‘uncontrolled power’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities said four of the men planned to meet last week to pay for explosives and exchange tactical equipment.