Posted Nov 01, 2011 11:51 pm CDT
Federal authorities in Georgia have arrested four men they say are involved in an alleged fringe militia plot targeting the U.S. Department of Justice, federal judges and the Internal Revenue Service for attack by explosives and ricin, a highly toxic derivative of castor beans.
Dan Roberts, 67, allegedly was captured on tape saying that some people would have to die in order to “save” the Constitution, CNN reports. Also arrested were 65-year-old Ray Adams, 65; Samuel Crump, 68; and Frederick Thomas, 73. The four are expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Gainesville, about 50 miles from Atlanta.
“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,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a written statement provided to the news agency.
The CNN article doesn’t include any comment from the suspects or their counsel.