Online novel played role in deadly Ga. militia plot, feds say

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 7:25 AM
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ATLANTA — A suspected member of a fringe north Georgia militia group intended to use the plot of an online novel as a model for plans to attack U.S. federal law officers and others, authorities said.

Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas told others that he intended to model their actions on the online novel “Absolved,” which involves small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials.

The four, who federal authorities arrested Tuesday, were expected to appear in court Wednesday.

They were part of a group that also tried to obtain an unregistered explosive device and sought out the complex formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses, according to a federal complaint.

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.

They had been talking about “covert” operations since at least March, according to court records, 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’ wife, Charlotte, called the charges “baloney.”

“He spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He would not do anything against his country,” she said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

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.

Prosecutors say 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, meanwhile, 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.

“We’d have to blow the whole building, like Timothy McVeigh,” Thomas said during the trip to Atlanta, the indictment states.

Charlotte Thomas said her husband was arrested in a restaurant in Cornelia, Ga., and federal agents were at her home when she returned from the grocery store Tuesday afternoon. She said the agents wouldn’t let her in her home.

“They tore up my house,” Charlotte Thomas said.

She said her husband doesn’t have an attorney yet.

Margaret Roberts of Toccoa said FBI agents showed up with a search warrant and went through her home, handcuffing her and taking a computer and other items. She said her husband is retired from the sign business and lives on pensions.

“He’s never been in trouble with the law. He’s not anti-government. He would never hurt anybody,” she said.

Listed numbers for the other two suspects could not be found.

Attorneys for the men were not identified, and the federal defender’s office had no immediate comment.

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.”

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double_standard
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double_standard 11/02/11 - 01:24 pm
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Well there goes four

Well there goes four republican votes.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/02/11 - 01:27 pm
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Lets see how long that post

Lets see how long that post survives. If that isn't a hateful remark, I don't know what qualifies.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/02/11 - 01:32 pm
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I hope it stays. It's

I hope it stays. It's revealing.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/02/11 - 01:36 pm
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They should have stuck with

They should have stuck with moonshine stills..

For some reason this story just doesn't smell right.....it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/11 - 01:41 pm
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They weren't given a social

They weren't given a social security check raise and are ticked.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 01:44 pm
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Did I miss the connection to

Did I miss the connection to the online novel in the text of the story?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/02/11 - 02:00 pm
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These groups are very

These groups are very prevalent in North Georgia...(don't ask how I know that :))...sometimes "big" talk doesn't always pan out to real deeds.....I will believe this when it goes to court & proof comes out ....the groups are like golf groups in Columbia county----always wanting to up the other guy....hunting-fishing-ball games-drinking are usually the big topics...
We will see.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/02/11 - 02:01 pm
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BTW....Have the Feds ever

BTW....Have the Feds ever been wrong about anything???
:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/02/11 - 02:11 pm
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EricRudolph (the bomber)was a

EricRudolph (the bomber)was a loner & had lived in the mountains for many years.....he didn't share his thoughts with others & many have skills & can live without help from the outside world....most don't want interference from the government & resent it.
They very seldom share their "real" thoughts with outsiders...that makes me wonder about this story.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/02/11 - 02:24 pm
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Breaking Hutaree Militia

Breaking Hutaree Militia (Michigan) news

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=8415879

Looks like the first guilty plea will occur in less than 40 minutes.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/02/11 - 02:30 pm
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Nine Hutaree members were

Nine Hutaree members were arrested following the federal investigation in the spring of 2010 that culminated with raids in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

It isn't just the good ole boys from the South....they are everywhere.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/02/11 - 02:32 pm
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I can think of at least one

I can think of at least one justification for radial action:

That video advertisement on the mid left, duplicated down and to the right that appears in play mode sucking up my bandwidth.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 02:35 pm
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Amen to that, BJ. Also, they

Amen to that, BJ. Also, they have put some sort of script that runs on the comment pages that jumps the focus from the bottom of the page to the top and sometimes back. It's annoying.

TParty
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TParty 11/02/11 - 02:53 pm
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We have been getting warnings

We have been getting warnings about this for years. Key points from the DHS report on right-wing extremism:

"Anti-immigration: “Rightwing extremist groups’ frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence. If such violence were to occur, it likely would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets.”

Recruiting returning vets: “Rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.”

Gun-related violence: “Heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms...may be invigorating rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements."

When the DHS published this report here was a huge media storm about how the liberal administration was just going after honest conservatives. It is unfortunate that it will take more murders like George Tiller's, more Minutemen militia murders for people to wake up to the real threat...

Also- let's not forget the horror in Norway.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/02/11 - 03:12 pm
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TParty, I’m keeping my powder

TParty, I’m keeping my powder dry on this one, too early to know what is going on. Sometimes these things turn out to be as initially reported but more often initial reports are driven by Law Enforcement embellishment. The radioactive dirty bomb turns out to be an old Timex with glow face or the nuclear device turns out to be a discarded hot water heater with that same Timex inside.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 11/02/11 - 04:36 pm
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I guess this is what happens
Unpublished

I guess this is what happens when you have people who are fed up with their Government..................................

allhans
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allhans 11/02/11 - 05:28 pm
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From what I hear about fringe

From what I hear about fringe groups they don't believe in voting (why do you think they are taking matters into their own hands?), so I doubt they know or care where their polling place is

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/02/11 - 06:04 pm
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wELL-WELL-WELL The Alanta

wELL-WELL-WELL The Alanta news tonight had pics of the old gents & their homes...all I can say is if they are terror group then I'm KimKardashian...one house had a wheelchair ramp & they looked like they could use one....soooo I'll wait for the rest of the story.

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