U.S. soldiers charged in overthrow plot


Locutus
#1
This flew under the radar I think. A bit dramatic perhaps. Anyway...

LUDOWICI, Ga., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Four U.S. soldiers allegedly killed two people to protect their plot to overthrow the government and kill the president, prosecutors in Georgia said Monday.

Assistant District Attorney Isabel Pauley said the four were members of an anarchist military group called FEAR, which stands for "Forever Enduring, Always Ready."

"FEAR structured their organization, plotted attacks and acquired the means to carry out the attacks," WSAV-TV, Savannah, quoted Pauley as saying.

The prosecutor alleged the group had thousands of dollars worth of weapons and its plans included "forcibly taking over the ammo control point at Fort Stewart to take over the post, bombing vehicles of state and local judicial and political figure heads and federal representatives to include the local department of Homeland Security, and bomb fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah."

One of the defendants, Michael Burnett, a soldier stationed at Fort Stewart, pleaded guilty Monday in the slaying last December of former soldier Michael Roark and Roark's 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York, WSAV-TV said.

Authorities said Roark allegedly had been a member of the militia as well, but Burnett said the group feared he was "a loose end" who might become a problem.

The other three Fort Stewart soldiers were identified as Isaac Aguigui, Anthony Peden and Christopher Salmon. The Army said Peden is a sergeant and the other three are privates.

The wife of one of the soldiers also has been charged in the case, WSAV-TV said.

Burnett, who is to receive a 50-year prison term in return for his testimony against the other defendants, told the court FEAR's goal was to "give the government back to the people."

The Fort Stewart public affairs office issued a statement saying the military post "does not have a gang or militia problem." The statement said the military criminal investigations branch actively investigates any suspicions of gang or extremist group activity.

"We believe the reason we are able to maintain a LOW gang criminal threat status is because of the awareness of and focus on the threat," the statement said.


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WLDB
#2
Crazy that they thought they stood any chance of pulling something so big off.
 
BaalsTears
#3
This doesn't surprise me. The sense of alienation and estrangement down here is profound.
 
The Old Medic
#4
These guys were/are insane, if they actually thought that they could somehow take over Fort Stewart, and overthrow the government. They bring nothing but dishonor to their Unit, and to the Army. They will all receive a Dishonorable Discharge, and they deserve it.

And I hate to tell the last poster above, but the vast majority of Americans are NOT alienated, and they will change the government of the USA in the usual way, through elections. Less than 1% of the people of the USA support extremists like these "Soldiers".
 
shadowshiv
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by The Old MedicView Post

These guys were/are insane, if they actually thought that they could somehow take over Fort Stewart, and overthrow the government. They bring nothing but dishonor to their Unit, and to the Army. They will all receive a Dishonorable Discharge, and they deserve it.

And I hate to tell the last poster above, but the vast majority of Americans are NOT alienated, and they will change the government of the USA in the usual way, through elections. Less than 1% of the people of the USA support extremists like these "Soldiers".

The one soldier is getting a 50 year jail sentence for his testifying against the others, so I think that they'll be getting an even stiffer sentence. Does the military still have executions for treason or is it just turned to life imprisonment instead?
 
damngrumpy
#6
Think about this, these people were screened yes, no? How did they get into active service.
Its not much different though than the freaks who get into the Afghan army and shoot fellow
soldiers and police.
 
shadowshiv
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

Think about this, these people were screened yes, no? How did they get into active service.
Its not much different though than the freaks who get into the Afghan army and shoot fellow
soldiers and police.

People are adept at hiding their true natures.
 
Praxius
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

People are adept at hiding their true natures.

True dat.... I'm actually a rabbit.
 
shadowshiv
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by PraxiusView Post

True dat.... I'm actually a rabbit.

And I'm Elmer Fudd. Come closer...
 
Liberalman
#10
One has to wonder how many other plans are out there that the police have not found yet?
 

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