Geriatric terrorist arrests are cautionary tale
At first it doesn't sound that unusual. Four retired guys, meet at Waffle House, drink too much coffee and complain about the government.
But then they start talking about an underground novel about a citizen revolt and what it would take to actually pull it off. Then they start listing people and places to attack, weapons to use and other details.
Finally, after seven months of investigation and undercover surveillance, the FBI arrests them as they allegedly begin to buy explosives, an illegal silencer, and work on manufacturing a deadly biological toxin.
Now they're in more trouble that even decaffeinated coffee could solve.
Four gray-haired men, aged 73, 67, 65 and 68, appeared in Federal court in Georgia, jailed, awaiting a bail hearing next week.
For his part, writer Mike Vanderboegh says his online novel was written as a cautionary tale that he actually hopes will stave off a new civil war.
The arrests also should serve as a cautionary tale -- first, for elected officials who need to provide real leadership while still being responsive to their constituency. It should also serve as a wake-up call for frustrated citizens of all ages that they should get involved with the system that can bring about real change without the risk of losing their own, individual freedom.