Three men from Georgia have pleaded guilty in conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against the federal government, the department of justice announced Thursday. The men planned to launch their first attack in Georgia in order to encourage more men across different states to conduct the same attack.
The conspirators have plotted to plant pipe bombs at the infrastructure supporting the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency management Administration. The three men have also planned to forcibly remove government officials they believed are violating the United States Constitution.
Conspiracy to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction hatched in Internet chat rooms
Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson have hatched their plans to use weapons of mass destruction in Internet chat rooms known to be hub among militia members. The men’s chat room conversations in the period between January and February 2014 revealed discussions on how to launch a revolution against the government, court documents stated.
During one of their chats, Peace has told Cannon and Williamson that they will attack different government agencies between February 1 and February 15 2014. He encouraged Cannon and Williamson to review guerilla warfare tactics, accumulate supplies and prepare their families. On Feb 1, Cannon and Williamson transferred to Peace’s home at Rome, Georgia.
Militia activists reaching true extremes
The case is a startling example of militia activists reaching true extremes, acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said. He said distrust and hatred of government led the defendants to arm themselves and plan attacks against federal agencies.
“While this level of extremism is fortunately rare, this case illustrates the threats to all our safety that arise from people who turn their hatred into actions,” Horn said.
The three men were arrested through the FBI led Joint Terrorism Task Force.
“The FBI and its various law enforcement partners remain vigilant in identifying, investigating and presenting for prosecution individuals such as those seen in this case that would conspire to do harm to the U.S. and its government infrastructure,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
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