Monday, 23 October, 2017

'Out for blood': Man arrested in plan to bomb Oklahoma bank

BUILDING EXTERIOR Banc First at Main and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City Tuesday BUILDING EXTERIOR Banc First at Main and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City Tuesday
Juana Turner | 15 August, 2017, 00:26

Jerry Varnell said to an FBI agent under cover that he wanted to take on the federal government, its initial objective being the headquarters of the u.s. central bank in Washington, a few blocks from the White House.

Mr Varnell is charged with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The complaint says Varnell prepared a statement to be posted on social media after the explosion, helped assemble what he thought was the explosive device, and helped load it into what he believed was a stolen van.

Authorities said Varnell attempted to detonate the fake bomb at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

"What happened in Oklahoma City wasn't an attack against the United States, it was retaliation".

Federal officials arrested Varnell early Saturday in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in an alley adjacent to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City.

When investigators learned of Varnell's plot, an undercover agent reached out to him and posed as a person who could assist with the plan, the release stated.

The bombing case appeared to have started in December, when the confidential informant told the F.B.I. that Mr. Varnell wanted to bomb the Washington building that houses the offices of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. Varnell's actions were monitored closely for months as the plot developed.

Varnell's arrest is expected to be announced later on Monday.

Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, is escorted from the Noble County Courthouse in Perry, Okla., April 1995.

The grievance likewise expresses that Varnell arranged an announcement to be posted on Facebook after the blast which peruses to some extent that the assault was "striking back against the flexibilities that have been detracted from the American individuals" and "a demonstration done to demonstrate the administration what the general population think about its activities".

Varnell also said at that meeting he was inspired by the movie "Fight Club", saying he wanted to perform similar acts and had already begun experimenting with homemade bombs.

Bujanda said the Federal Bureau of Investigation made sure no one was ever at risk once it knew of Varnell's intentions. "It was a wake up call to both the government and the people. The time for revolution is now".

Varnell was arrested after attempting to trigger what he thought was an ammonium nitrate fertilizer bomb - like McVeigh's - outside a BancFirst branch in the center of the city.

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