Ricin plot targeted government officials, urban areas

The four suspected members of a fringe Georgia militia that were arrested for plotting to produce the deadly toxin ricin planned to disperse the toxin to government officials and populated urban areas.
The four men were arrested last Monday after being secretly recorded by an FBI informant as they discussed plans to obtain weapons and ricin in an effort to kills officials with the Justice Department and federal judges, as well as agents with the Internal Revenue Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
The men also allegedly plotted to spread the toxic substance, which is made from castor beans, across Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla. and other cities, according to federal affidavits filed last Tuesday.
"When it comes time to saving the Constitution, that means some people gotta die," an arrest affidavit quotes one of the defendants as saying during one recorded conversation, according  to the Christian Science Monitor. "I could shoot ATF and IRS all day long. All the judges, and the DOJ, and the attorneys and prosecutors.”
The four men taken into custody were Frederick Thomas, Samuel J. Crump, Dan Roberts and Ray H. Adams, who are all in their 60s or 70s. Adams had worked as a lab technician at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service while Crump once did maintenance work for the Centers for Disease Control.
“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,” the criminal complaint alleges, according to the Christian Science Monitor. “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.”
The arrests come at a time when militias and other homegrown antigovernment radicals have declined as a threat in the years since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
"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," Sally Quillian Yates, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said in a written statement, according to the Christian Science Monitor.