POLITICS
29/08/2012 10:00 BST | Updated 29/08/2012 10:01 BST

Obama Assassination Plotted By American Soldiers Who Formed 'Armed Militia', Court Hears

A group of American soldiers formed an armed militia and planned to kill President Obama and overthrow the US government, a court in Georgia has heard.

The alleged plot emerged during a murder case against four members of the Forever Enduring Always Ready (FEAR) gang on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the men spent $87,000 (£56,000) on weapons to launch attacks against targets including vehicles belonging the Department of Homeland Security employees and a dam.

They were also accused said to be planning to take over the Fort Stewart military base near to the court in Georgia.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutor Isabel Pauley told the judge: "This domestic terrorist organisation did not simply plan and talk.

"Evidence shows the group possessed the knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans."

“All members of the group were on active-duty or were former members of the military,” Pauley said.

Isaac Aguigui, Anthony Peden, Christopher Salmon and Michael Burnett are accused of murdering former soldier 19-year-old Michael Roark his 17-year-old girlfriend Tiffany York.

The defendants are accused of killing Roark and York after the pair learned of their hopes to overthrow the government.

The Washington Post reports that Aguigui funded his militia using $500,000 (£315,000) in insurance money he got following death of his pregnant wife a year ago.