Four elderly men will appear in court in Georgia Wednesday after they allegedly told undercover informants of their plans to attack federal buildings in the Atlanta area with explosives and a biological toxin, reports ABC News.
Federal authorities said the men allegedly held clandestine militia meetings beginning in March to discuss using toxic materials and assassinations to undermine the government, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dan Roberts, 67, Frederick Thomas, 73, Ray Adams, 65, and Samuel Crump, 68, were all charged with plotting the attacks after they worked to buy semiautomatic rifles, silencers, machine guns, a bomb and ricin, a toxic chemical, from undercover informants, reports CNN. They were arrested Tuesday afternoon in north Georgia.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the men were reportedly basing their plan of action off the novel "Absolved" by Mike Vanderboegh, a former Alabama militia leader.
At least two of the men are former federal employees, reports Time. According to the magazine, Thomas reportedly said the following about the attacks:
I've been to war, and I've taken life before, and I can do it again.
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