In the latest foiled terror plot, the Federal Bureau of Investigations has arrested Buford Rogers and recovered several guns and possible pipe bombs.
by Derrick Broze
May 8, 2013
The FBI has stated they believe these tools were going to be used in a domestic terror attack on American soil.
Last Friday federal, state and local officials raided the home of the 24 year old Western Minnesota resident and charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a criminal complaint filed with federal court in Minnesota. In a statement released by the FBI, they state,
“The FBI believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel and that the lives of several local residents were potentially saved. The terror plot was discovered and subsequently thwarted through the timely analysis of intelligence and through the cooperation and coordination between the aforementioned agencies.”
Agents from the FBI’s domestic terror squad searched the mobile home in Montevideo, Minnesota and discovered Molotov cocktails, guns and pieces of what are suspected to be a pipebomb. A federal affidavit said one firearm recovered from the scene was a Romanian AKM assault rifle.
The affidavit goes on to say that Rogers admitted to firing the weapons on two separate occasions. Since Rogers has a 2011 conviction for felony burglary he is not allowed to have a firearm.
Minn. Police Chief Adam Christopher told ABC News that Rogers was involved in a group called the Black Snake Militia. The authorities believe the organization has “anti-government tendencies”. Senior law officials believed Rogers was targeting local authorities.
Chief Christopher said his officers had been called by pesky neighbors over the displaying of an upside down American flag. At least one neighbor complained of feeling uncomfortable. Far from being a sign of disrespect, the upside down flag is a sign that the country is in distress.
As we wait for more details to emerge on this “domestic terror” situation, a few things are already becoming clear.
First, this operation involved officials from the city, state and federal governments. Each agency shared information with other relevant agencies to conduct a tightly controlled operation. This information sharing likely involved the Department of Homeland Security, and it’s network of Fusion Centers. According to the official wikipedia page:
“A fusion center is an information sharing center, many of which were jointly created between 2003 and 2007 under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice.”
They are designed to promote information sharing at the federal level between agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. military, and state- and local-level government. As of July 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognized at least 72 fusion centers. Fusion centers may also be affiliated with an Emergency Operations Center that responds in the event of a disaster.”
Minnesota currently has the Minnesota Joint Analysis Center as it’s functioning Fusion Center. According to the Minnesota Post the MJAC has access to a number of databases.
“There is SIPRNet, a Department of Defense network used to transmit classified information, the Homeland Secure Data Network, which maintains secret-level communications on mitigating threats to the nation, and LEO, the Justice Department program for sharing antiterrorism and intelligence information with state and local governments.”
The post goes on to state, “The state also erected the ICEFISHX communications network, which collects reports about suspicious activity — both terrorist and generally criminal in nature — and provides them to the FBI, whose field intelligence groups look for patterns, part of the bureau’s own massive expansion of domestic intelligence gathering operations initiated after 9/11. “
Considering the fact that Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis recently said the information gathering is focusing on “ certain groups that are anti-government” , it makes perfect sense that the intelligence for this operation came from the highly secretive and unconstitutional Fusion Centers. The government is looking for ways to eliminate those with anti-government sentiment.
We are also seeing the mainstream media pounce on the fact that Buford Rogers apparently was involved in a militia and held the government as the enemy to liberation. Essentially what we have is someone who was convicted of a crime in the past now being held by any means possible, namely the fact that it is illegal for him to own a firearm.
Does the possession of firearms and membership in a group that sees through the government lies warrant suspicion and possible arrest? Perhaps the authorities truly are with holding vital information and Mr. Rogers was a threat. According to his father he was not planning anything, and the “pipebombs” were actually piping used for his plumbing jobs.
Of course, any loving father would defend their child in a tense situation such as this, but is there reason to suspect the authorities, specifically the FBI, could by lying?
A recent report put together by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkley has shown that the FBI infiltrates communities where they suspect individuals who are “terrorist minded” to be engaging with others. In this program, the agents are sent into communities to converse and find suspects that could possibly carry out “lone wolf” attacks. The agents then set about encouraging them to plan an attack.
The FBI will provide the funds, the weapons, the supposed connections and the plan, only later to arrest the suspects they strung along and call them terrorists. The report also states that of the over 500 terrorism related cases, almost half involved the use of informants. Many of these worked for the FBI in exchange for money or to escape their own criminal charges.
The actions of the FBI have even prompted the New York Times to comment on the topic. In an article entitled, “Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.“, Writer David Shipler asked:
“This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones? Judging by their official answers, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are sure of themselves — too sure, perhaps.”
Whether or not Rogers ends up being guilty of this crime or not, the media is already doing its job to ensure Americans continue to hold onto fears of their neighbors being domestic terrorists. I will continue to remind readers of the importance of having a strong sense of community. We can not be broken down and divided if we are building strong alliances.
The authorities seek to isolate individuals they believe could contribute to their downfall. This includes and each and every one of us. Whether you are the one on the megaphone, or the one behind the keyboard, if you are expressing anti-government/ pro-freedom sentiment the government and its surveillance state are aware.
If we do not stand up for each other, as a unified whole, we are destined to fall alone.
Derrick Broze is a founding member of The Houston Free Thinkers.
He writes for dev-test.intellihub.com a popular independent news website.
He can be heard on Orion Talk Radio, Local Live Houston and the upcoming Unbound Radio.