November 2, 2011
Federal officials claim two men from Georgia who are supposedly members of a militia planned a domestic terror attack with the deadly poison ricin.
Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas told others in the “fringe group” that he intended to fashion his attack on the online novel “Absolved,” which involves small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials. Fox News expert Mike Vanderboegh wrote the novel.
“In Vanderboegh’s novel, which was self-published online, underground militia fighters declare war on the federal government over gun control laws and same-sex marriage, leading to a second American revolution,” writes Matt Gertz for the Soros-funded Media Matters operation.
Gertz compares Vanderboegh’s novel to the to National Alliance founder William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries and links it to government agent Timothy McVeigh.
Like previous terror domestic terror cases, the FBI plays a central role in the alleged case against the indicted men, who are in their late 60s and early 70s.
Two of the elderly men are accused of buying what they believed was a silencer and an unregistered explosive from an undercover informant in May and June. Prosecutors say the men discussed using the weapons in attacks against federal buildings.
A government informant inside the group said 73-year-old Frederick Thomas discussed creating a “bucket list” of government employees, politicians, corporate leaders and members of the media to be “taken out.”
“I’ve been to war, and I’ve taken life before, and I can do it again,” he allegedly said. “There is no way for us, as militiamen, to save this country, to save Georgia, without doing something that’s highly, highly illegal: murder… When it comes time to saving the Constitution, that means some people have got to die.”
A “confidential informant” also targeted IRS and ATF buildings with Thomas, according to the indictment. “We’d have to blow the whole building, like Timothy McVeigh,” he said during the trip to Atlanta, the indictment claims.
Last month Mother Jones published an article detailing how the FBI arranges nearly all domestic terror plots with its network of informants, “a domestic intelligence apparatus whose only historical peer might be COINTELPRO, the program the bureau ran from the ’50s to the ’70s,” writes Trevor Aaronson.
COINTELPRO was infamous for its legion of agents provocateurs.
As we noted in March of 2010, the FBI was at the center of the Hutaree militia in Michigan. “A spokesperson at the FBI’s Detroit office declined to comment on the undercover agent and any role such an agent may have had in the investigation. A spokesman at the Justice Department in Washington also declined to discuss specifics of the investigation,” the Wall Street Journal reported on March 31, 2010.
CNN and the establishment media, with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center, attempted to spin a ludicrous domestic terror narrative around the infiltrated group. CNN’s Anderson Cooper cited the Department of Homeland Security’s discredited “rightwing extremism” report when talking about the Michigan group.
The government case against the Hutaree eventually fell apart. Federal prosecutors, however, have pushed forward with the case despite the fact one defendant suffers from a mental disease or defect and is unable to appreciate the severity of charges that could send him to prison for life.
The other alleged members are scheduled to stand trial February 7.