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Alleged Plot By Former Soldiers
Mon August 27, 2012
Former Soldiers Allegedly Plotted To Blow Up Washington Dam, Poison Apple Crop
Prosecutors in Georgia say a group of current and former U.S. soldiers plotted to blow up a dam in Washington and poison the state’s apple crop. The allegations were revealed Monday as one of the group’s members pled guilty to manslaughter in a Georgia courtroom.
Despite the seriousness of the allegations, spokespeople with the Washington State Patrol and the Governor’s office say they were not aware of the case.
Federal authorities won’t comment on the case. But state prosecutors in Georgia say the group’s members had all served together in the Army at Fort Stewart, Ga. The alleged ringleader, however, was from Washington.
In court, the prosecution said the alleged militia group planned to move to a compound in Washington where it planned to blow up an unnamed dam to “kill civilians and destabilize the state’s economy.” Another part of the alleged plot involved applying poison to Washington apples.
Prosecutors say the alleged ringleader caught the attention of a joint-terrorism task force when he returned to Washington last year and started amassing tens-of-thousands-of-dollars worth of assault rifles, other weapons and accessories.
State prosecutors in Georgia said the domestic terrorism plot came to light after one of the group’s members and his girlfriend were murdered last December. The prosecutor alleges this was to keep them quiet about the terrorism plot.
An FBI spokeswoman in Seattle would only say her agency is aware of the reports.
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