Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Atlanta GA Ricin Terror Plot by Militia Members Frederick Thomas 73, Dan Roberts 67, Ray Adams 65, and Samuel Crump 68, Federal Indictment.

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 01, 2011
Northern District of Georgia(404) 581-6000
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.

RICIN Effects and symptoms: As little as a thousandth of a gram can kill an adult. It can be deadly if eaten, inhaled or injected. Ricin poisoning will create flu-like symptoms within a few hours, including fever, vomiting and coughing. Ultimately it can cause the lungs, liver, kidneys and immune system to fail. Death can occur within three days. Ricin poisoning is not infectious.  Appearance: Ricin can be extracted from the beans of the castor plant (see image B) and can take on a liquid, crystal or powder form. There is no known antidote.

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.”

FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin said of today’s arrests, “The FBI will act swiftly within its authority when any group or individual seeks to advance its rhetoric or ideology through force or violence. In this matter, the FBI’s Atlanta Division Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was well positioned to address this investigation and to prevent harm to the general public.”

According to the criminal complaints, federal search warrants and documents in the public record, Thomas, Roberts, Crump, Adams and others were members of a militia organization and began participating in clandestine meetings of a fringe “covert” operations team starting in approximately March 2011. During these meetings, the complaints charge that the men discussed multiple criminal activities, ranging from murder; theft; manufacturing and using toxic agents; and assassinations in an effort to undermine federal and state government and to advance their interests.

In March and April 2011, Thomas, Roberts, Adams and others attended meetings at the Waffle House Toccoa, Georgia where participants discussed targeting various government officials, including employees of federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. These meetings also were monitored by FBI agents through the attendance of a confidential source, who recorded the meetings and provided the information to the FBI.

FEDERAL INDICTMENT....."On 09/17/2011, CHS1 consensually recorded a meeting with ROBERTS at a Waffle House in Toccoa, Georgia. ROBERTS and CHS1 drove separately to the residence of ADAMS located at 558 Lakeside Road, Toccoa, Georgia. Samuel CRUMP arrived about 1 1/2 hours later. ADAMS told everyone he was a retired United States Department of Agriculture employee. ADAMS showed the others plaques from his career regarding his certifications and training and advised that he had worked in the horticulture field.  When ROBERTS and ADAMS walked off, CHSI asked CRUMP about a Center for sease Control email address from one of CRUMP I S previous e-mails to CHSI. CRUMP advised he previously had worked at the CDC and that he knew people everywhere. CHSI then said to CRUMP, "The stuff that, um, Dan (ROBERTS) said you can make (reference to ricin), you still make that?" CRUMP replied, "Yea."....THOMAS talked about the need to take action against the federal government, to include assassinating government officials. THOMAS later asked if the other members were "committed to taking action" against the government, and ADAMS stated, "I am."

PROFILE...White males ages 65 to 73, fiercely patriotic, some with military service, seeking to make changes with government, concerned about our country and will stand up to do something about it, all of them living in Cleveland and Toccoa, GA which has about 9,000 people with 80% white....That's the profile of a Tea Party Member, there just happens to be a Tea Party chapter in Toccoa GA, see link http://www.teapartypatriots.org/GroupNew/b2455b38-602f-4202-a2b0-405d9f7108d2/Stephens_County_Patriots.

When you live in a town with 9,000 people, like Toccoa GA, for an extended period of time you tend to know just about everyone.  The four alleged members of a Georgia militia group were arrested yesterday relating to their alleged plot to kill numerous government officials. According to the complaint, one of the arrested repeatedly cited as the source of their plan the novel Absolved, authored by Fox News expert Mike Vanderboegh and Tea Party member, the former militia member famous for urging his blog readers to hurl bricks through the windows of Democratic offices.    Michael Vanderboegh, the Tea Party leader and former militiaman called for an armed march on Washington for April 19, and who urged people to break Democrat party office windows, is on government disability!

During the meetings, the complaints allege that Thomas, Roberts and others discussed the need to obtain unregistered silencers and explosive devices for use in attacks against federal government buildings and employees, as well as against local police. Thomas, Roberts and others also discussed the use of the biological toxin that can kill individuals in small doses. The participants acknowledged that these actions would constitute murder but reasoned that the actions were necessary in accordance with their ideology based on the online novel Absolved written by extremist right wing blogger Mike Vanderboegh, what a jackass.

In May and June 2011, Thomas and Roberts met with an undercover agent purporting to be a seller of unregistered silencers and explosive devices. According to the complaints, Thomas and Roberts allegedly agreed to purchase a silencer and an unregistered explosive device and discussed using the silencers and explosive devices in attacks against federal buildings. In furtherance of this plan, Thomas conducted surveillance of federal buildings in Atlanta and discussed with the source the possibility of attacking the federal buildings using silencers and explosive devices, as punishment for what Thomas deemed to be “treasonous” activities.

Thomas also allegedly stated that he believed that these actions needed to be undertaken against both federal and state government officials, and advised that the group would need a great deal of explosives to accomplish its mission.

From June through November 2011, Thomas and Roberts met with the undercover agent and negotiated the purchase of a silencer for a rifle and conversion parts to make a fully automatic rifle, as well as explosives. The complaints allege that Thomas confirmed to the agent that he planned to use the silencer that he was purchasing, and described how he would clean the rifle and use rubber gloves when he handled it so he wouldn’t leave his fingerprints on it during its use.

Ultimately, Thomas agreed to purchase the silencer and conversion parts in exchange for providing the undercover agent with another gun owned by Thomas, while Thomas and Roberts allegedly agreed to split the $1,000 cost for the explosives. Thomas and Roberts later expressed concerns that the undercover agent was a “cop,” but wanted to go forward with the transaction anyway.

The complaints charge that during the investigation of Thomas and Roberts, Roberts described another individual named “Sammy” who, according to Roberts, had manufactured the biological toxin, ricin, and had access to the beans used to make ricin.

During one of the group’s meetings in September, which was recorded by the confidential source, Crump arrived and said that he would like to make 10 pounds of ricin and disperse it in various United States cities, including Atlanta. Crump described a scenario for dispersing the ricin in Atlanta in which the toxin would be blown from a car traveling on the interstates. Crump allegedly also said that he possessed the ingredient used to make the toxin and cautioned the source about the dangers of handling it.

The complaints allege that in October 2011, Crump described to the source the process to manufacture ricin and advised that the materials should be purchased at different locations far from where he lived. Crump again discussed various methods of and locations to disperse ricin, and told the source that the toxin is deadly if the powder comes into contact with a person’s skin or lungs.

During another meeting in October, Adams allegedly provided a sample to Crump of the beans used to manufacture ricin from a storage container of the beans contained at his residence in Stephens County, Georgia, and Crump in turn provided the sample to the source. During meetings on Oct. 29, 2011, Crump allegedly told the source that he was going to shell the beans that week, and Adams explained to the source how to manufacture ricin, showing the source a formula used to make ricin and identifying the ways he planned to obtain the ingredients to do so.

FBI agents arrested all four defendants today without incident and executed search warrants at the residences of the four defendants. The defendants are expected to make an initial appearance on the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan S. Cole Wednesday.

The information provided by the source and the undercover agent allowed the agents to disrupt the defendants’ plans before they were in a position to place citizens in danger of attacks using the weapons, explosives, or a biological toxin.

This case is being investigated by the JTTF, which includes agents of the FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Assistance in this case has been provided by law enforcement agencies from Habersham County and Stephens County, Ga., and the District Attorney’s Office for the Mountain Judicial Circuit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Brown is prosecuting the case.

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com