Fox News expert Mike Vanderboegh has insisted that the four alleged Georgia militants arrested earlier this week misunderstood his novel Absolved. At least one of the arrested men is alleged to have claimed that they were planning to base part of their plot on Vanderboegh’s book.
Absolved is about a possible future in which the US federal government infringes upon Americans’ liberties to such an extent that people start to fight back. Mike Vanderboegh claims that the book is intended as a warning that another Civil War is possible, but he insists that his book is in no way responsible for the actions of Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68, the four alleged plotters.
Personally, while I’m no fan of Vanderboegh’s work, I think it’s ridiculous and vindictive to try to blame him for the alleged actions of four people from Georgia. If – and it’s still a big if – the four alleged militia members (whose families insist they are innocent) were influneced by Absolved, that says more about them than it does about any book.