I have never met Mike Vanderboegh in person and I’m aware of his ties to the militia movement. That allowed, there is no disputing that he has been instrumental in bringing Operation Fast and Furious to light, as whistleblowers came to him first to blow the Mexican gun-running plot out of the water after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in a firefight with Mexican bandits.
The same federal law enforcement organizations that Vanderboegh has on the run for criminal acts now seem interested in tying his name to a group of alleged senior citizen terrorists.
An alleged plot to attack federal and state officials by suspected members of a fringe north Georgia militia group was inspired by an online anti-government novel, authorities said.
Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas, a suspected member of the group, 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 suspected members, who federal authorities arrested Tuesday, were expected to appear in court Wednesday.
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 biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses, according to a federal complaint.
Authorities said the group intended to use the plot of the novel “Absolved,” written by Mike Vanderboegh, a blogger who has closely followed the botched federal investigation known as “Fast and Furious.” He also runs a whistleblower website called Sipsey Street Irregulars.