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Blogger whose book inspired alleged terror plots says violence likely if Americans provoked
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) ' On his website, militia leader-turned-blogger Mike Vanderboegh writes about fed-up Americans responding to government violence with guns and grenades, even deadly gas. It's an attempt to warn the government that people are armed and angry, he says.
Federal prosecutors now say his online novel about a militia making war against the government inspired four retirement-age men in Georgia to plot an attack on unnamed government leaders using guns, the highly deadly toxin ricin and explosives.
Vanderboegh says he doesn't know the suspects. He ridicules the men's plans and chuckles at the notoriety he's gained for his online rants.
The four suspected militia members allegedly boasted of a "bucket list" of government officials who needed to be "taken out" and talked about scattering ricin from a plane or a car speeding down a highway.