ATLANTA (AP) – Four suspected members of a Georgia militia charged with plotting attacks with toxins and explosives against government officials have pleaded not guilty to charges against them.

The four men appeared at a bond hearing at a Gainesville federal courthouse on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the men talked of assassinating U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, among others.

Prosecutors have accused 73-year-old Frederick Thomas and 67-year-old Dan Roberts of conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer.

Authorities also charged 55-year-old Ray Adams and 68-year-old Samuel Crump with conspiring and attempting to make ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses.

If convicted, the men could face more than a decade in prison. Attorneys and relatives of the men say the charges are baseless.

  1. wgailb says:

    I have no sympathy for these men. If they were African American their faces would have been plastered on every form of news media available. I have yet to see their photographs. Why is it that when white people do something heinous they always find ways to make them seem that they were confused or better yet, they always recite how they were pillars of the community. These are evil old men who had evil motives and they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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