"Allegedly selling pipe-bombs" sounds awfully dubious to me.
If you're in the business of making pipe bombs, wouldn't they be more valuable toward whatever nefarious purpose you had schemed, than whatever money you might get for them?
Keeping an ear to Mike at Sipsey Street for developments.
Though we still haven't heard specifically who was arrested (reports are that there were seven), the group targeted by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Taskforce and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Those Who Say "Nee" included only members of The Hutaree. I read that Hutaree has made itself into an easy lightning-rod by some of its "statements" and they're probably a case of being the nail that sticks out the farthest gets hammered down first.
News reports include the following from Drudge:
and ABC News
Also keeping ears to the ground are fellow bloggers Maggie and Mommy.
The ABC news piece has video, including interview with Mike Lackomar (of michiganmilitia.com who distances his group from Hutaree), as well as a requisite "consulting expert" ex-FBI guy.
Every report includes definition of Hutaree as Christian, and "extreme" and paints American Muslims as the defenseless intended victims of verbalized threats by the Hutaree. I'd never heard of the Hutaree before yesterday. And, although I've read everything I could find, I haven't yet seen specific evidence of these "threats."
There certainly is no shortage of righteous indignation from the CAIR/Muslim community...seems like every report has documented that angle.
At least one report claimed that an un-named militiaman (presumably in the Michigan Militia ranks?), and who is a Muslim (what?), was responsible for triggering the raids. Worth noting: the ABC "consultant" freely characterized the Hutaree (et al) this way, "This crowd tends to be heavily armed, and they're all conspiracy theorists, that the government's trying to take over..." at the 2:03 mark in the video.
Still many more questions than answers. From my perspective, though, any and every armed American who does not openly submit to the Islamification of America, constitutes some measure of threat to Muslims.