November 2, 2011- Four Georgia men have been charged by federal agents for their alleged involvement in a plot to kill government officials. The four are members of a fringe group of militia. The federal agents said the four planned to use the bio-toxin ricin and explosives to kill the officials.
An informant was able to record the four speaking of plans to make ricin, a deadly poisonous substance that is made from castor beans. In the recording, they spoke of attacking federal judges, Justice Department personnel and IRS agents.
All four were being held in jail and will appear in court on Wednesday. During one conversation that the informant recorded, one of the defendants could be heard saying, “When you defend the Constitution, sometimes some people have to die.”
Two of the four agreed to buy, from an undercover agent, a bomb, silencer and parts to convert a rifle into a completely automatic machine gun according to affidavits filed in court.
The other two defendants were trying to acquire castor beans said one FBI agent in the same court documents. The militia group was not named in the court papers but is said to be well known in the region. Ricin was to be spread across a number of different large cities at once. Those cities included Atlanta, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Washington.
Their idea was to put the ricin in the street and let passing cars spread. One of the defendants worked prior as a lab technician at the U.S. Agriculture Research Service.