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FBI: Minn. Raid Disrupts Planned Terror Attack

FBI Raid Minnesota.JPEGABC News – by AMY FORLITI Associated Press

FBI officials said Monday that they foiled a terrorism attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota town, but they offered no details about the exact targets of the attack — or the motive of the man accused of having a cache of explosives and weapons in a mobile home.

The FBI said “the lives of several local residents were potentially saved” with the arrest of Buford Rogers, 24, who made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

Rogers, of Montevideo, was arrested Friday after authorities searched a mobile home he’s associated with and found Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, according to a court affidavit.

“The FBI believed there was a terror attack in its planning stages, and we believe there would have been a localized terror attack, and that’s why law enforcement moved quickly to execute the search warrant on Friday to arrest Mr. Rogers,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said Monday.

He said the investigation is ongoing, and agents are looking at the case as one of domestic terrorism.

Loven said the investigation prohibits him from getting into details about Rogers’ target, or his possible political or religious views, but he said the FBI is confident in calling this a “terror” situation. He also said the alleged target was believed to be in Montevideo, a city of about 5,000 people about 130 miles west of Minneapolis.

“We had information which indicated that Mr. Rogers was involved in a plot to conduct terror activities in and around the Montevideo area,” he said. He declined to say whether Rogers was believed to be acting alone or as part of a group, or if other arrests were expected.

Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said a homemade sign in front of the mobile home that bore the letters “BSM” refers to a local anti-government militia group called the Black Snake Militia, which the Rogers family started.

“That is not a large scale, nationwide group, as far as I know,” Christopher said. “I think it’s kind of them, and their family, and a few of their friends.”

Mark Pitcavage, who researches militias for the Anti-Defamation League, said the Black Snake Militia is a movement that has slowly grown from about 50 active groups around the U.S. a few years ago to more than 260 small groups today.

Pitcavage said there are “a whole lot of little militia cells out there with 6-8 people in there, which is what this seems to be. … It’s teeny tiny, it’s probably a group of like-minded friends who believe some of the same things.”

Rogers’ father, Jeff Rogers, told KMSP-TV his son doesn’t own any guns, and the guns in the home belonged to him. He said his son is not a terrorist.

“He was not out to bomb nobody and I have no clue where the hell that came from,” Jeff Rogers said. “I have no idea of who the hell he’d even be targeting. He’s not that kind of a person. I can guarantee you that.”

Rogers appeared in court Monday wearing a construction company T-shirt, baggy pants, and work boots. He answered “yes sir” and “no sir” to questions from U.S. Magistrate Tony Leung, who ordered him held pending a detention hearing Wednesday, citing “serious concerns.”

Rogers was appointed a federal defender, but an attorney was not immediately assigned. Defendants do not typically enter pleas during initial appearances and he made no statement about the case to the court.

In a news release Monday, the FBI said the alleged terror plot was discovered through analysis of intelligence gathered by local, state and federal authorities.

“Cooperation between the FBI and its federal, state, and local partners enabled law enforcement to prevent a potential tragedy in Montevideo,” Christopher Warrener, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Minneapolis, said in the statement.

According to a federal affidavit, FBI agents from the domestic terrorism squad searched the mobile home in Montevideo and discovered Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms. The affidavit said Buford was there at the time, and one firearm recovered from the residence was a Romanian AKM assault rifle.

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In an interview with authorities, Rogers admitted firing the weapon on two separate occasions at a gun range in Granite Falls, the affidavit said. Rogers has a 2011 conviction for felony burglary and is not allowed to have a firearm.

Dustin Rathbun, who lives next door, said he and other neighbors noticed a few months ago that the Rogers family was flying an upside-down flag from the side of their home. He said the owners of the park asked them to take it down.

Christopher, the Montevideo police chief, said officers were called to the Rogers’ home about that flag.

“Residents were very upset by that. They felt it was really a disrespectful thing to the flag, but it’s not illegal,” Christopher said. He said the family told him the upside-down flag was a “sign of distress because the country is in distress.”

When asked if he believed a threat was imminent, Christopher said: “That’s always hard to say. My take on it is, when somebody has made explosive-type devices, the potential is there.”

Christopher also declined to comment about the target of the alleged plot, but said the general public is not in danger.

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Associated Press writer Doug Glass contributed to this report.

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8 Responses to FBI: Minn. Raid Disrupts Planned Terror Attack

  1. Leita says:

    THEY really can make this stuff up.

  2. diggerdan says:

    I was going to post this article eariler today but something didn`t seem right or feel right about it. Yea, I know that it would only be a matter of time after Boston and Sandy Hook that the FBI would start targetting Mn. and now I am just waiting for something like this to come down on the Dakota`s, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The govt. has to make their rounds Ya know… Yea, molotov coctails, SUSPECTED PIPE BOMBS, what the heck is a “suspected pipe bomb” anyway?, and one gun, come on guys. It seems to me that if they are going to accuse this guy of being involed with a militia that they would have had him under investigation and would have busted more than just this one guy, wouldn`t they. They are just demonizing this guy and just want him to rat on people I bet. Yep, I can see it now, they – the FBI and DHS – will have a sting opperation all through out this part of the country now – ND, SD, Iowa, and Wi..

  3. oldvet says:

    I call Bull -Fn-Sheeit! These bastages will go to no unseen ends to put up their propaganda dribble.

    Oh yeah,..Obammafo says…”dont listen when they say govt is a tyrant…..duhhhh”

    Digger..twist me up one bro!..its one of them days.
    ………………………………………………

    Media whores…..My oh my…if I was your wife I’d poison you…If I was your hubby,…..I’d drink it!

  4. NC says:

    “Mark Pitcavage, who researches militias for the Anti-Defamation League, said the Black Snake Militia is a movement that has slowly grown from about 50 active groups around the U.S. a few years ago to more than 260 small groups today.”

    Notice how they use the words, “Black” and “Snake”. Both derogatory words.

    Pitcavage said there are “a whole lot of little militia cells out there with 6-8 people in there, which is what this seems to be. … It’s teeny tiny, it’s probably a group of like-minded friends who believe some of the same things.”

    Notice how they are continuing to demonize militias in these two quoted paragraphs.

    Notice how everything in this story smells like bullshit.

  5. Greg Bacon says:

    “Pssst, FBI, there’s a large terrorist cell at 1600 Pennsylvannia Avenue that has murdered thousands and has plans to murder even more civilians.”

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    yes, it’s all BS, but it should also serve as a reminder NOT to own or manufacture illegal weapons.

    You don’t need them, and they’ll only get you into trouble, because it’s exactly what they’re looking for to give themselves another terror-stopping headline.

  7. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Rogers, of Montevideo, was arrested Friday after authorities searched a mobile home he’s associated with and found Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, according to a court affidavit.”

    Would someone PLEASE explain to me just what the hell “suspected pipe bombs and firearms” are?

    Are they really THAT stupid, that they don’t even know a pipe bomb or a firearm when they see one up close and personal?

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