You may have already heard this on the news. I can’t imagine men that old planning the sorts of things described in the news reports.

‘Fringe militia group’ planned to assassinate officials, release toxins

CORNELIA – Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Habersham County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested a White County man and three men from Stephens County for what officials say was an organized threat to other U.S. citizens, federal government facilities and local police.

Arrested were Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland; Dan Roberts, 67, Ray H. Adams, 65, and Samuel J. Crump, 68, all of Toccoa.

Crump formerly worked for a contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while Adams formerly was a lab technician for a U.S. Department of Agriculture agency, court documents unsealed Tuesday show.

According to Patrick Crosby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the men were arrested related to their plans to obtain an unregistered explosive device and silencer, and to manufacture the biological toxin ricin for use in attacks against other U.S. citizens, government personnel and officials.

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North Georgia Men Arrested, Charged in Plots to Purchase Explosives, Silencer and to Manufacture a Biological Toxin

ATLANTA – Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, Ga.; Dan Roberts, 67, of Toccoa, Ga.; Ray H. Adams, 65, of Toccoa; and Samuel J. Crump, 68, of Toccoa, were arrested today relating to plans to obtain an unregistered explosive device and silencer and to manufacture the biological toxin ricin for use in attacks against other U.S. citizens and government personnel and officials.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates said, “These defendants, who are alleged to be part of a fringe militia group, are charged with planning attacks against their own fellow citizens and government.

To carry out their agenda, two of the defendants allegedly purchased purported explosives and a silencer, while the other two defendants took steps to attempt to produce a deadly biological toxin.

While many are focused on the threat posed by international violent extremists, this case demonstrates 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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