‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

A screen capture of a video posted by Brandon Caserta on his YouTube account. Caserta is one of several suspects charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

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Social media accounts of men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made clear their twin, shared interests: a love of guns and a hatred of government.

Brandon Caserta, who posted numerous speeches on Instagram and other media, fashioned himself as an anarchist and hinted about the use of violence, posing with guns and railing against authority. 

A day before his arrest for plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week, he asked on Facebook: “Is it morally legitimate to initiate violence and theft against non violent people?”

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Facebook post from one of the suspects charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

That post, like many others, has been taken down. In a separate post, Caserta accused the government of “ruling over us like slave masters”

“Government is slavery,” he says in a video posted online. “It's a small group of people that claim to have the moral right to initiate force."

A meme shared on the Facebook account of Adam Fox, whom the FBI alleges was the leader of the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Screen shot)

Caserta is one of six men now facing felonies punishable by life in prison on claims they were part of a conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer and put her on trial. The men, according to a federal affidavit, accused Whitmer of being a “tyrant” and were apparently upset at her orders to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The man the FBI alleges was the leader of the plot, Adam Fox, has posted pictures of militia groups and a pro-Patriot message quoting a Revolutionary War general. “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Another of the charged men, Kaleb Franks, in a 2016 Instagram post, touted the therapeutic value of using a semi-automatic weapon. 

“Nothing relives (sic) stress like blowing stuff up with this beast” next to a picture of an AR-15.

Screenshot from Kaleb Franks's Instagram account. Franks is one of the suspects charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Across numerous platforms the men posted messages both political and personal, with Caserta almost giddy during a video “because it’s new gun parts day.

He has posted numerous memes questioning the government and the coronavirus. Other posts profess a love of guns and complain about several traffic tickets he’s received.

On Wednesday, the day before the felony charges, he posted a video on Instagram saying the "price of freedom is eternal vigilance and indifference to this notion is the means by which people can and will secure their own oppression. Wake the f--- up." 

Caserta was the most prolific on social media among the alleged co-conspirators, and has posted numerous videos on YouTube, including one showing him practicing putting a new magazine in what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle.

But he often returned to an anti-government theme, attacking politicians who are "ruling over us like slave masters.”

And he strongly suggested a plot of some sort to change the current situation.

“Well, people are going to be initiating violence, whether or not, government exists or not,” he said. “And that's the thing, government doesn't exist. The people exist, the buildings exist. You know, the weapons exist. The soldiers exist, but they're supposed to have authority to do what they do, doesn't exist because nobody has the right to initiate force. And that's literally all the government does, which means that the entire structure of the government is immoral.

“Everything that the government does is violent dude. They are a violent immoral institution,” he said.

But the posts, and the notoriety Caserta quickly gained when word leaked out about his connection to the plot, triggered a different message to him in a short Facebook reply to one of his other posts:

“Enjoy jail dumbass.”

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Cindy Ryan
Thu, 10/08/2020 - 6:53pm

Wish these jerks have no clue what "slavery" is.

RH from GR
Fri, 10/09/2020 - 9:35am

Brandon Caserta, who posted numerous speeches on Instagram and other media, fashioned himself as an ANARCHIST and hinted about the use of violence, posing with guns and RAILING AGAINST AUTHORITY.

“And that's the thing, GOVERNMENT DOESN'T EXIST. The people exist, the buildings exist. You know, the weapons exist. The soldiers exist, but they're supposed to have authority to do what they do, doesn't exist because nobody has the right to initiate force. And that's literally all the government does, which means that THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT IS IMMORAL.

“Everything that the government does is violent dude. They are a VIOLENT IMMORAL INSTITUTION,” he said.
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Sure sounds like your average Republican voter. [insert eyeroll emoticon]

I'm glad he and his fellow clowns are off the street but the idea that this is Trump's crowd is ridiculous.

Randy Lahey
Sat, 10/10/2020 - 12:22pm

I am amazed at the number of hit pieces on Bridge 1st page against these people.

It sounds like they are bad people. However we know nothing about them; Like any of us who get arrested for anything, they are innocent until proven guilty, this is Democracy; We should refrain from opining until we know some actual facts.

Bridge is worse than those tabloids at the grocery store "ELVIS SEEN ON MOON!"

It's really sad.

middle of the mit
Wed, 10/14/2020 - 8:03pm

It sounds like they are bad people. However we know nothing about them; Like any of us who get arrested for anything, they are innocent until proven guilty, this is Democracy; We should refrain from opining until we know some actual facts.
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Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, etc, etc.......they all wish they were given the same consideration.........before they were shot dead or had the life choked out of them.

<<<Bridge is worse than those tabloids at the grocery store "ELVIS SEEN ON MOON!"

It's really sad.>>>

Don't you see that you think "innocent until proven guilty".......in conservative ideology...........only applies to whites?
Otherwise? YOU would be in MY corner!!!

Because that standard should apply to EVERYONE accused of ANYTHING.

But, it doesn't. And you and I both know it. Only one us has a problem with it though.