The FBI arrested a US soldier who allegedly planned to bomb a major news network and shared bomb-building information online, VICE reported.
The 24-year-old soldier from Fort Riley, Kanas, is named Jarrett William Smith and as early as 2016 showed interest in joining the Azov Battalion, one of the Nazi-infested armed groups fighting on the side of the Kiev regime in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
He is charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.
“This is a Middle East–style bomb that, if big enough or connected to the right explosive, can damage or destroy U.S. military vehicles. Most of the time, it can obliterate civilian vehicles and people nearby,” Smith told an undercover FBI agent.
Smith joined the army in June 2017, and had since been promoted to the level of private first-class infantry soldier, before being arrested now. He faces a 20-year prison sentence, in addition to a $250,000 fine.
The FBI then said that Smith connected with an “American Man” on Facebook. The man had travelled to Ukraine between 2017 and 2019 and fought in the Donbass with another one of the Nazi “Volunteer Battalions.”
He was Smith’s mentor on his way to joining a Nazi group in Ukraine.
The court documents included excerpts from Facebook conversations between Smith, the “American Man” and others from October 2018. Smith brags about being able to transform cell phones into improvised explosive devices (IEDs) “in the style of Afghans.” He followed up his claims with instructions on how to do it.
On August 19th, 2019, an undercover FBI agent spoke to Smith online. Smith told the agent that he was hoping to meet like-minded “radicals” and aspired to kill members of antifa. He was also considering targeting cell towers or a local news station, court documents outlined.
He then chose his target: the headquarters of a major US news network. The attack would be carried out by a car bomb. The court documents don’t mention the network. On September 20th he spoke to the undercover agent and discussed specifics on building a car bomb.
He was arrested between September 21st and 22nd and admitted to FBI that he knew how to build IEDs and instructed others how to do so.
“He admitted that he provides this information even to individuals who tell him they intend to use the information to cause harm to others,” one FBI agent wrote. “Smith stated that he did this to cause ‘chaos.’ He told me that if chaos results in the death of people, even through information he provided, it doesn’t affect him.”
The Department of Homeland Security just days earlier formally recognized white nationalists as a serious national security threat.
In earlier September 2019, former FBI agent Ali Soufan, who runs the global security firm the Soufan Center, testified that 17,000 foreigners, including from the U.S., have traveled to Ukraine in recent years to gain paramilitary skills there.
All these people fought alongside “far-right groups like Azov and were returning home with those new skills.”
White supremacism was further tied to Russia, by Joshua Geltzer, former US senior director of counter terrorism in a testimony to US Congress.
Because, of course, the Nazis in Ukraine are actually fighting against the ‘Russian agression’ and people of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and the US supports them. But only if they’re outside of its borders. Fighting for democracy is only that when it’s wreaking havoc in another country.
Since if extremists fight against an adversary, they’re immediately “moderate,” despite being a “serious threat to national security” if they’re inside the United States.
“This is not terrorism ‘domestic’ to any one nation alone. It is a global surge in violence inspired by white supremacy. There is one additional driver of today’s threat that must be emphasised – the active role of foreign government actors in propagating violent white supremacist ideology.”
“The Russian government adds violent energy to the emerging transnational network of white supremacists, spreading its cause in part through disinformation aggressively disseminated online.”
The “emerging epicentre” of white supremacist extremism is Russia and Ukraine, the committee was told.
Ali Soufan, mentioned earlier, also shifted the blame on Russia:
“There are extensive ties between the Russian government and far-right groups in Europe.”
He said Russian paramilitary groups in Ukraine were training foreign fighters “motivated by white supremacy and neo-Nazi beliefs.”
Thus, his essential description was that Russian PMCs were training Ukrainian Nazis who, in turn, fight against Russia.
“Russian disinformation efforts have fueled anti-immigrant sentiment in countries like Sweden, fueling resentment among native-born Swedes.”
According to a new report from the US department of homeland security “domestic” terrorism is now as big a threat to the US as jihadist terrorism.
The report noted a “disturbing rise in attacks motivated by domestic terrorist ideologies” and set out a new strategy for dealing with them.
Kevin McAleenan, the acting US homeland security secretary, said:
“In our modern age the continuation of racially-based violent extremism, particularly violent white supremacy, is an abhorrent affront to the nation. It has no place in the United States of America, and it never will.”
Mainstream media outlets and ‘experts’ once again showed the ability to distort the reality to keep the narrative. So, now we know that it’s Russia to be blamed for actions of Nazi groups created with US support in Ukraine.
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