Alleged Georgia ricin attack was "idle chatter," attorney says

According to their defense attorneys, the four Georgia militia members accused of a terrorist plot against the federal government were ailing old men shooting the breeze with no specific plans.
The defense attorneys said that recordings of the men showed nothing more than the men exercising their constitutional rights to arm themselves and express their political views. They said that comments about the alleged plot were taken out of context, the Associated Press reports.
"Mr. Crump was puffing, bragging," Dan Summer, Samuel Crump's attorney, said, according to the Associated Press. "Isn't that what he was doing, talking smack?"
Relatives of the men have repeatedly said that they were law-abiding, patriotic citizens who were simply making idle chatter.
Authorities charged Ray Adams and Samuel Crump with conspiring and attempting to make ricin, a biological toxin. Investigators also charged Frederick Thomas and Dan Roberts with conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer.

The four men pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutors said that the men took a series of concrete steps toward carrying out a brutal plot. Robert McBurney, the assistant U.S. attorney, said that the men cased two federal buildings in Atlanta, obtained an illegal silencer, tried to purchase an explosive the size of a briefcase from an undercover agent and attempted to make ricin from castor beans.
Investigators monitoring the men were alarmed when they discovered Crump and Adams had managed to obtain a bucket of castor beans that tested positive for ricin. The men were arrested the day after the discovery.
"Prior to that there had been a lot of talk," Doug Korneski, an FBI special agent, said, according to the Associated Press. "Once we determined they had the main ingredient, it significantly increased our concern."
The four men will return to a federal courthouse in Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday to ask U.S. Magistrate Susan Cole to release them on bond.