ROME, Ga., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Three male members of a militia in Rome, Ga., have been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, a domestic terrorism charge.
The three men were being monitored by the FBI in an online chat room where they discussed launching attacks at an Atlanta police station and other government agencies. The charge could carry a life-in-prison sentence.
They also face charges of conspiring to defraud the government.
The men traveled to Tennessee in Feb. 2014 and met with an undercover FBI agent to discuss acquiring several explosive devices. The men were arrested the following day after obtaining inactive explosive devices.
The FBI defines domestic terrorism as activities within the U.S. that involve acts dangerous to human life intended to intimidate or coerce civilians and acts to influence, coerce or affect the conduct of government through mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.