An alleged plot to attack U.S. federal law officers by suspected members of a fringe north Georgia militia group was inspired by an online anti-government novel, authorities said.The four listed in the indictment are Thomas; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68. The men live in the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa.Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas, a suspected member of the group, told others that he intended to model their actions on the online novel “Absolved,” which involves small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials.
- were part of a group that tried to obtain an unregistered explosive device;
- sought out the complex formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses,
- had been talking about “covert” operations … discussing murder, theft and using toxic agents and assassinations to undermine the state and federal government;
- At one meeting, investigators say, [Thomas] openly discussed creating a “bucket list” of government employees, politicians, corporate leaders and members of the media he felt needed to be “taken out.”
- “I’ve been to war, and I’ve taken life before, and I can do it again,” he told an undercover investigator, according to the records.
- [Thomas and Roberts are] accused of buying what they believed was a silencer and an unregistered explosive from an undercover informant in May and June.
- Prosecutors say he discussed using the weapons in attacks against federal buildings,
- [Crump also] discussed making 10 pounds of ricin and dispersing it in Atlanta and various cities across the nation, suggesting it can be blown out of a car speeding down an interstate highway;
- [Adams] is accused of showing an informant the formula to make ricin and identifying the ways to obtain the ingredients;
- [Thomas] is accused of driving to Atlanta with a confidential informant on May 24 and scoping out an IRS building there and an ATF building “to plan and assess for possible attacks,” the indictment states.
And now the punchline: ” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the case is a reminder that “we must also remain vigilant in protecting our country from citizens within our own borders who threaten our safety and security.”