FBI arrests Army soldier who allegedly planned to bomb local news network, threatened Beto O'Rourke

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#1 nintendoboy16
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A U.S. Army soldier who allegedly discussed attacking a news station was charged in federal court Monday for sending instructions to build bombs over social media.

Jarrett William Smith, 24, was charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.

According to FBI investigators, Smith said on Facebook that he was interested in joining the Azov Battalion, a paramilitary group in Ukraine.

In Facebook chats, he offered to teach other users how to make cellphone explosive devices “in the style of the Afghans.”

Smith talked about killing members of loosely organized left-wing movement antifa and destroying a local news station. On Aug. 21, he told an undercover investigator about how to make a vehicle bomb. Smith also described how to build a bomb that could be triggered by calling a cellphone.

In a Sept. 20 Telegram conversation with an undercover FBI agent, Smith allegedly seemed to threaten former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), according to ABC News.

O’Rourke’s presidential campaign said in a statement to ABC that they are in contact with the FBI over the threat.

“We’re grateful to the FBI for their diligence in handling this case and for their work to keep our country safe in the face of domestic terror threats,” they said. “We take any threat like this very seriously, and our team is in direct contact with the FBI regarding this case.”

Smith faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

"Very fine people..."

Besides that, this only gets worse, I bet.

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Yeah but antifa is scary and so are those Muslims and Mexicans, so sayeth the orange man and his merry band of dunces.

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So many despicable people have been emboldened lately...……...

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A typical Conservative Terrorist.

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@nintendoboy16 said:

The Hill

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"Very fine people..."

Besides that, this only gets worse, I bet.

I told you people O'Rourke was going to get his ass killed for saying he will take guns away. You all laughed but now we arrested one guy, gotta wonder how many more are left out there plotting...

@LJS9502_basic said:

So many despicable people have been emboldened lately...……...

Yeah it is pretty terrible. Was at 711 a while ago and some white dude called the clerk, well, a pretty terrible derogatory name for an Arab. A guy at work now speaks openly about Hispanics and how he doesn't like them.

I have never seen anyone do that in my entire 35 years of life. I've heard people joke about it, people say it behind people's backs, or in private...but I've never witnessed that kind of overt, in-their-face racism.

The bigots have come out of the woodwork.

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#6 Stevo_the_gamer  Moderator
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Excellent job by the FBI in being on top of it.

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#7 nintendoboy16
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@mrbojangles25 said:
@nintendoboy16 said:

The Hill

...

"Very fine people..."

Besides that, this only gets worse, I bet.

I told you people O'Rourke was going to get his ass killed for saying he will take guns away. You all laughed but now we arrested one guy, gotta wonder how many more are left out there plotting...

@LJS9502_basic said:

So many despicable people have been emboldened lately...……...

Yeah it is pretty terrible. Was at 711 a while ago and some white dude called the clerk, well, a pretty terrible derogatory name for an Arab. A guy at work now speaks openly about Hispanics and how he doesn't like them.

I have never seen anyone do that in my entire 35 years of life. I've heard people joke about it, people say it behind people's backs, or in private...but I've never witnessed that kind of overt, in-their-face racism.

The bigots have come out of the woodwork.

I wonder if even more will come out SHOULD impeachment come through and Moscow Mitch shoots it down as he would. Like threats towards not only Nancy Pelosi (contrary to what the super annoying pro-impeachers have been insinuating), but damn near every Democrat that said yes to it.

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Ah, a good old "responsible/law abiding gun nut" ready to kill anyone who tries to take away his guns by changing the laws, lol. Fuking psychos.

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#9  Edited By Stevo_the_gamer  Moderator
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@rmpumper: If he was law abiding, then he wouldn't be in Federal court facing up to 25 years in a Federal prison.

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Good thing he was caught. It seems like the FBI is doing better work in recent years than the past years. This would certainly would be a big one if he succeeded.

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This thread /facepalm

It´s almost like watching AHS or Bee´s liberal BS hour.

But good job FBI , finally they got one.

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#12  Edited By Horgen  Moderator
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@Stevo_the_gamer:I think he was ironic with the law abiding part.

I could be wrong though. :P

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#13  Edited By Drunk_PI
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@Jacanuk said:

This thread /facepalm

It´s almost like watching AHS or Bee´s liberal BS hour.

But good job FBI , finally they got one.

Congratulating the FBI but you keep on electing right wing lunatics hellbent on supporting white supremacists. :/

"Law and order" my butt.

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@horgen said:

@Stevo_the_gamer:I think he was ironic with the law abiding part.

I could be wrong though. :P

Yes

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