Homeland Security warned us in 2009 that right wing extremism is on the rise–something we are seeing in recent conservative pushes to overthrow the government. The report stated, among other things, that “Heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms…may be invigorating rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements,” as we have seen exemplified in a Tea Party attempt to construct an anti-Muslim death ray.
Now, Three Georgia “Patriots” tried to buy pipe bombs and other explosives to aid in their effort to attack power grids, water treatment facilities, and other infrastructure. Brian Edward Cannon and Cory Robert Williamson appeared in court on Friday, and Terry Eugene Peace is due for his first appearance on Monday.
The three are charged with conspiring to acquire firearms, pipe bombs, and thermite grenades. Between Jan 23 and Feb 15, the three militia members chatted on Facebook about plans to launch guerrilla-style attacks on government facilities, according to the FBI.
According to a criminal complaint filed by FBI Agent Adam Roland,
[box type=”shadow”]The three men participated in online chat discussions between Jan. 23 and Feb. 15 that were monitored by the FBI.
During the online conversations they discussed using guerilla war tactics and planned to launch the attacks against the government this month. They specifically targeted several federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Peace talked with an FBI “confidential human source” on Feb. 8 about getting several explosive devices, including a thermite-mix charge strong enough “to go through the engine block of a MRPA.”[/box]
Peace told an FBI source that the pipe bombs should be constructed for “maximum fragmentation.” Peace reportedly was hoping for at least a dozen. “If he can hook us up with, say, 12 pipe bombs, that will be sweet,” the report notes the ringleader saying.
Cannon reportedly said the group planned to start a war with the government. “Cannon claimed this action would cause mass hysteria and if enough sabotage was successful, then martial law, therefore triggering other militias to join the fight,” according to the report. “Cannon claimed too many militias were in a defensive mode and in order to get them out of the defensive posture, actions would have to take place to force martial law to be declared,” the agent’s statement said. Cannon hoped they could recruit militia members from across the county.
The three were arrested after purchasing 12 fake pipe bombs and two thermite devices from an FBI source.