Three men from Georgia allegedly participated in online chats in a secret group on Facebook that discussed committing acts of terrorism meant to get the US Government to declare martial law. Brian Edward Cannon, Cory Robert Williamson and Terry Eugene Peace were all arrested and charged with conspiring to receive and possess firearms, pipe bombs and thermite grenades. The men were all given federal public defenders after being declared indigent.
The three men allegedly discussed attacking power grids, transfer stations and water treatment facilities, which they believed would trigger martial law, according to federal prosecutors. The men seemed to have been reported by members of the Facebook group and prosecutors have at least two cooperating witnesses.