A north California the man had a $ 5 million bond FBI Investigators found five “fully functional” pipe bombs and an illegal weapons depot in his home and workplace, planning to blow up Gov’s offices two weeks ago. Gavin Newsom, As well as Facebook and twittersays the prosecutors.
Ian Benjamin Rogers, 44, from Napa, California, also had a commonly used sticker called “Three Percent” on his car, and the officers who executed the search orders also found a “White Privilege Card” and various manuals on weapons. “The Anarchist Cookbook,” said FBI investigators, as well as some from the US Army.
Rogers was charged on Tuesday in a federal criminal complaint about owning five pipe bombs, unregistered destructive devices, US Attorney General David L. Anderson and Chief FBI Special Agent Craig D. Fair said on Wednesday.
According to prosecutors, if convicted, the charge includes a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine.
He was arrested on January 15, when the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and the Napa Special Investigation Bureau issued a search warrant at his home and workplace in Napa County. Authorities say a total of 49 firearms were seized from both locations, as well as nearly two dozen ammunition boxes containing thousands of shells.
Many of the weapons that look like a kit-made replica MG-42 belt-fed machine gun appear to be capable of firing fully automatic, FBI agent Stephanie Minor assigned to the FBI’s local terrorism team in San Francisco Area. The office wrote in an affidavit submitted in support of the criminal complaint against Rogers.
Five pipe bombs inside a casing at Roger’s business, as well as black powder, pipes, end caps, and other materials that can be used to produce destructive devices, including “Anarchist Cookbook”, “US Army Improvised Ordnance Handbook” found., “and” Homemade C-4 A Recipe for Survival, “according to the statement. Two copies of the “US Army Special Forces Unconventional War Guide” and a “US Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook” were also found.
The label found on Roger’s vehicle is believed to have been widely used by the “Three Percent”, “people referring to extreme anti-government, pro-gun beliefs”. Minor wrote about his education, experience and discussions. with other agents experienced in domestic terrorism investigations. The affidavit said that their use of “three percent” was a reference to the belief that only 3% of American colonists fought the British during the American Revolution.
The officers also found a “White Privilege Card,” the phrase “Affects Everything” and the “White Privilege Card” four times repeated to make the numbers “look like a credit card number”, he said, are references to former President Donald Trump. The 45th president of the United States.
In an interview he gave following his arrest, Rogers admitted that he allegedly made pipe bombs, but said that they were “for entertainment purposes only,” although additional evidence suggests otherwise.
Minor said that the text messages received on Rogers’ phone indicate Trump’s belief that he “won the 2020 presidential election and intends to attack Democrats and Democrats-affiliated places to keep Trump in office.”
“We can attack Twitter or the democrats you choose,” Rogers wrote in a message to another person on Jan. 10, adding, “I think we can attack both easily.” The buyer suggested they go after George Soros, and Rogers said, “We can attack Twitter and the democrats are easily burned right now.”
“I want to blow up a democratic building badly,” Rogers sent another text message to the same person the next day. He continued, “Let’s see what happens, if nothing happens, I’m going to war.”
Rogers’s “Democrats, Twitter, etc.” He was alleged to write and “Hopefully if 45 goes to war I’ll go.”
Subsequent text messages suggested the attacks on the Democratic governorship of California and the Facebook and Twitter offices, according to officials.
“Let’s see what happens, then we’ll take action,” Rogers allegedly wrote, “I first think about the goal of the sheet office,” and “Then maybe bird and face offices”.
“When Rogers says ‘the purse office is the first target,’ it means that his first targets must be the offices of California Governor Gavin Newsom in Sacramento.”
“I also believe that when Rogers said there would be the next ‘bird and face’ offices, he meant the Twitter (‘bird’) and Facebook (‘face’) offices because both social media platforms had locked Trump’s accounts to block Minor on these platforms. does not want him to send messages.
An inspection and testing conducted by a Napa County Sheriff’s Office bomb technician on five pipe bombs seized from Rogers’ workplace revealed that Rogers “built 5 improvised explosive devices that were fully operational and could cause major bodily harm or injury if used improperly. “He concluded.
Rogers appeared in the Napa County state criminal court on the state’s illegal firearm charges and is being held under state surveillance instead of a $ 5 million bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing.
The US California Northern Territory Law Firm said Federal prosecutors were planning to ask Rogers to appear in federal court over the charges “after a federal order was issued to transfer Rogers to the United States District Court in San Francisco”. Press release on Wednesday. The date for such a view has not yet been determined.