Feds: Online novel played role in Ga. militia plot

By GREG BLUESTEIN | November 2, 2011 | 7:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a suspected member of a fringe north Georgia militia group intended to use the plot of a fictional book as a model for plans to attack U.S. federal law officers and others.

Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas told others that he intended to model their actions on the online novel "Absolved," which involves small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials.

The four, who federal authorities arrested Tuesday, are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Prosecutors say they were part of a group that also tried to obtain an unregistered explosive device and sought out the complex formula to produce ricin, a lethal biological toxin.

The four listed in the indictment are Thomas; 67-year-old Dan Roberts, 65-year-old Ray Adams, and 68-year-old Samuel Crump.