Originally created 06/27/04

Indictment alleges G-8 bomb plot



ATHENS, Ga. - Two men were indicted this week in Athens federal court on separate terrorist incidents, one of which involved a threat to destroy the Sea Island resort that played host to world leaders attending the G-8 Summit earlier this month.

The second indictment, handed down by a grand jury at the Athens Division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, involved a false threat to blow up the Russell Research Center, a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility on College Station Road.

The U.S. attorney for the district, Maxwell Wood, said he was unable to provide details about the incidents beyond that contained in the indictments.

According to one indictment, on either June 6 or 7, Jonathan Phillip Robert threatened by telephone "to damage a building, that is the Cloister Hotel Resort on Sea Island, by means of a bomb."

At least one other threat-related arrest was made, that of a Brunswick man arrested on gun charges after making threats against President Bush during the summit.

In the other indictment, Daniel Paul Weathers was accused of threatening to blow up the College Station Road research facility on or about Feb. 11, 2003.

Mr. Weathers, according to the indictment, "did knowingly and willfully make a materially false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation ... (regarding) the location of explosive materials in Athens, Ga., to be used by a group of individuals to bomb the Richard Russell Federal Building."

The indictments did not provide information on the ages or the addresses of the two men.