Georgia Terror Plot
November 3, 2011 by staff
Federal agents raided his home in northern Georgia on Tuesday and arrested on charges of conspiring to plan attacks.
Frederick Thomas, 73, Dan Roberts, 67, Ray Adams, 65, and Samuel Crump, 68, appeared in court Wednesday, but said they needed more time to prepare for a bail hearing, the which was scheduled for next week.
The men wore glasses and had white hair or gray, and had trouble hearing a judge during the trial, even though she was wearing a microphone.
The families of two of the men said the allegations were unfounded. His public defender declined to comment at the hearing.
Court papers accused the men of trying to get a bomb and a silencer to carry out attacks on government buildings and employees. Two men are also accused of trying to find a formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses.
Thomas’s wife, Charlotte, told the AP that the accusations were “nonsense.”
“He spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He would not do anything against their country,” he said. “He loves his country.”
Thomas, who is presented as the group leader, spoke of the modeling of the shares in the online novel “absolved”, which consists of small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials, according to court documents. It was written by former militia leader Mike Vanderboegh Alabama, who wrote in his blog on Wednesday that his book was fiction, and said he was skeptical of “very geriatric” militia could carry out the attacks of the men were charged to plan.
Vanderboegh told the AP his novel was “a useful warning serious” what might happen if the federal government encroaches too much on the rights of armed citizens. Vanderboegh said he is trying to warn the federal government to reverse before the violence occurs, however, also believes that a civil war is possible.
“The reason for everything I write is that there are a number of people in this country who have been pushed back and will not be pushed more,” he said.
Investigators said the four men took several concrete steps to carry out their plans. Thomas is accused of driving to Atlanta with a confidential informant for the scope of federal buildings that house the IRS and other agencies.
During the trip, Thomas at one point, the informant said: “There are two schools of thought on this: go for the feds or the locals go and I am inclined to consider both would have to fly around the building as Timothy McVeigh .. “according to court documents.
He and Adams also willing to buy what they thought was a bomb and a silencer from an undercover agent. The men were arrested days after a laboratory test had confirmed that traces of ricin in his possession, officials said.
“While many are focused on the threat posed by violent extremists internationally, this case demonstrates that we must also remain vigilant in protecting our country from the citizens within our borders that threaten our security,” said U.S. Attorney . Sally Quillian Yates.
Federal investigators have monitored the group since at least March 17 when a confidential source reported a marginal group meeting in two-story home in Cleveland Thomas, a small town in the mountains of northern Georgia.
Correspondent Bob Orr reports CBS that accused ringleader Thomas, who hosted the first meeting, reportedly told the others that had developed a “wish list” of “… government employees, politicians, business leaders and members of the media … “who he said is needed to” take off “.
At the meeting, Thomas said: “There is no way that we as a militia, to save this country, to save Georgia, doing something that is very, very illegal: Murder,” according to court records.
Roberts, who attended several meetings, mentioned in May, he knew a former soldier in the U.S. Army it was a “time bomb” that may be able to help them make ricin that the group could spread in major U.S. cities. Crump and Adams were assigned to try to get or make the lethal toxin, and Crump was in September that he would like to make 10 kilos of the substance.
It is unclear from court documents exactly as the men were traces of ricin.
An informant who met Adams at his home in October saw laboratory equipment and a glass, and a grain obtained by the informant was subsequently tested by state officials as positive for ricin.
Court documents also accused of suggesting Crump ricin can be removed from a car speeding down a highway to attack the people in Washington, Newark, NJ, Jacksonville, Florida, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Orr reports that Crump allegedly told others, “This is worse than Anthrax … No cure for it either.”
Prosecutors said in court documents that the four men had a history useful. Adams used to work as a lab technician in a U.S. Department of Agriculture the agency, and showed his visitors certification. Crump, once worked for a contractor who did the maintenance of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, records said.
Court records did not say if they used his connections to obtain ricin.
Thomas said her husband was a Navy veteran, while Margaret Roberts said her husband retired from the business firm and living on pensions. She said FBI agents were presented on Tuesday with a search warrant and went through her house, tied up and taking a computer and other items.
“He’s never been in trouble with the law. It is anti-government,” he said. “He would never hurt anyone.”
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