August 28th, 2012
03:30 AM ET

Prosecutors: 'Anarchist' group of U.S. soldiers aimed to overthrow government

By the CNN Wire Staff

A U.S. soldier laid out an elaborate plot by a group of active and former military members to overthrow the government, telling a southeast Georgia court Monday that he was part of what prosecutors called an "an anarchist group and militia."

Dressed in his Army uniform, Pfc. Michael Burnett spoke in a Long County court about the group of Army soldiers and its role in the December deaths of a former soldier Michael Roark and his teenage girlfriend Tiffany York. Roark, he said, was killed because he allegedly took money from the group and planned to leave.

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  1. nicky pendleton

    some of the comments here are hilarious...
    how did an anarchist group suddenly become a right wing group?
    the occupy movement is populated by anarchists...
    just like the 5 occupy movement folks that are under arrest in cleveland for trying to buy explosives to blow up a bridge in cleveland...just like the protestors in tampa right now who got arrested they are self identified anarchists/occupy folks...
    anarchists are the SS of the left... they are there at every G-8 tearing stuff up...

    August 30, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  2. k1c

    So no one here has is commenting on the ugly fact that people are so enraged they are plotting coupe de ta. I am not claiming any justification just concern of the sort of civil war like mentality possibly at work here.The fact that homeland citizens would consider armed insurrection gives of the warning flag of some potential disgruntled . There are reasons to be conserned with shrinking liberties and the goverments role of intruding into personal life I would like to think however that if they are willing to go through this much plotting, they could consider turning thier energies to hounnding ,or lobbying goverment in a way that doesn't involve the need for flak jackets.I would have been interested in what type of gift of democracy they where going to give us ,once they imposed thier new rule.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Take this story on the heels of an earlier published article about the Army Vet who attacked the Sikh temple. That opened up America to the fact that many right-wing, white-supremacist groups have had their members join the US Armed Services (particularly the Army and USMC) to learn about weapons and high-explosive use in order to "restore" America to some sort of Aryan homeland!
    Fortunately as long as idiots like this group keep doing things that get themselves caught the only place they have the potential of taking over is the exercise yard of whatever prison they get sent to.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  4. Midnight Wizard

    It could be they were consulting with a judge in Texas? I believe that some people think that fear, weapons, and scare tactics will put the "fear of god" into the masses. I only have to look back to Star Wars: Episode 4 – The Tarkin doctrine..."Fear...fear of this battle station will keep the systems in line." I do not believe the Grand Moff was right there either.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  5. Feltchin' Freddy Feltch

    "Elaborate plot" my @ss!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  6. George Patton

    Another scare tactic from the right-wing thugs in Washington! It makes my stomach crawl to see how these people take advantage of the ignorance of the general public. The worst part is that it usually works!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Guest

      You're not making sense. How is a group of crazy people forming a militia a right-wing scare tactic? Are you suggesting that politicians put these people up to murder to scare the electorate? And how would this have caused people to alter their voting patterns? I think you're reaching a little far.

      This was just some misguided guy who took advantage of some vulnerable people and it all ended with a tragic and unnecessary murder for which the perpetrators must be punished.

      August 28, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply

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