According to US media reports on the 8th local time, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently thwarted a large-scale conspiracy against the Michigan state government. It is understood that multiple suspects conspired to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer and intend to violently overthrow the state government.
According to The Detroit News, a local Michigan media outlet, an FBI agent wrote in the federal affidavit: “A number of suspects have discussed the content of’kidnapping’ the governor in power. They think they need to expand their influence, and Encourage each other to communicate with neighbors to spread information.” In addition, the affidavit lists six men suspected of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer. They have repeatedly visited Whitmer’s vacation home to “step on” her, intending to kidnap him to a remote location in Wisconsin and “trial” her for treason.
On the 8th, the Michigan Attorney General stated at a press conference that the suspect had made a “precise plan” to try to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the state government. Michigan State Police stated that this is one of the largest cases they have been involved in uncovered recently, and that “the serious nature of the case has never been seen before.” According to Fox News and other US media reports, the six people in the affidavit have been charged with multiple charges for conspiring to kidnap and murder Whitmer and other political figures.
It is understood that the relevant investigation has been launched in early 2020. At that time, the FBI learned from social media that someone was plotting to overthrow multiple state governments and law enforcement agencies. Two of the suspects, Fox and Crawford, met with 13 people from different states in Ohio in June. One of the participants was an FBI informant, and the whole process of the meeting was recorded. FBI agents stated that these people intended to build a “self-sufficient” society and discussed different methods such as peace operations and violent overthrows. “In order to expand the manpower, Fox contacted a militia organization in Michigan.” Moreover, the FBI has been following the plans of the militia organizations involved in the case to murder the police since March, and has developed informants.
The report pointed out that in recent weeks, the governor’s residence where Whitmer lives has undergone security upgrades and a new fence has been erected. The governor’s spokesperson said in early September that these upgrade measures were planned as early as the end of 2019 and should have been implemented in the spring of 2020, but they were postponed due to the new crown pneumonia epidemic. It is reported that the total planned expenditure reached 1.1 million US dollars.