Alleged militia members ask for court-appointed attorneys
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:58 PM EST, Wed November 2, 2011

...Federal officials say the men are part of a fringe militia group.

A government informant recorded the men discussing plans to manufacture ricin, a highly poisonous substance derived from castor beans, and attack Justice Department officials, federal judges and Internal Revenue Service agents, according to court papers released Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors said the public was never in imminent danger.

Neither attorney Jeffrey Ertl, who represented the four at the hearing, nor family members or friends had any comment.

According to arrest affidavits filed in the case, Roberts and Thomas agreed to buy a silencer, a bomb and parts to convert a semi-automatic rifle to a fully automatic machine gun from an undercover agent.

"When it comes time to saving the Constitution, that means some people gotta die," an arrest affidavit quotes Thomas, as saying during one recorded conversation....