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Bulletin: Four Soldiers in 'Militia' Said to Plot Government Overthrow

Update: The AP is reporting that members of the militia "wore distinctive tattoos that resemble an anarchy symbol," according to a prosecutor.

Prosecutors today said that four active-duty soldiers in Georgia formed what was described as an "anarchist militia" and took steps aimed at overthrowing the U.S. government, The Associated Press reported.

One of the four, Pfc. Michael Burnett, told a judge in Ludowici, Ga., today that former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Tiffany York, were murdered in December because he knew of the militia's plans and was a "loose end," the AP said. Burnett pleaded guilty today to manslaughter and gang charges.

The group spent $87,000 on guns and bomb-making materials, according to prosecutor Isabel Pauley. The AP also quoted Pauley saying the men intended to take over Fort Stewart, bomb unnamed sites in Savannah, Ga., and Washington state, and assassinate the president.