A Napa Valley, California repair shop owner who was a militant supporter of former President Donald Trump was arrested by the FBI and charged with unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices, which is a federal felony.
Ryan also faces state charges.
Ian Rogers, 44, was a member of the Three-Percenters” extremist group and had “intent to attack Democrats and places associated with Democrats in an effort to ensure Trump remained in office,” according to an affidavit obtained by Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly.
The FBI found incriminating text messages on Rogers’ phone that included threats to “blow up a Democrat building” and “attack Twitter” and Facebook, which had previously banned Trump from posting on their platforms.
“We can attack Twitter or the democrats you pick,” Rogers wrote, the affidavit alleges. “We can attack Twitter and democrats easy right now burn they’re [sic] shit down. I want to blow up a democrat building bad [sic]. “I hope 45 goes to war if he doesn’t I will.”
The office of Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic governor, was also among Rogers’ potential targets.
The affidavit notes:
Let’s see what happens then we act,’ but followed it up with ‘I’m thinking sac office first target’…’then maybe bird and face offices.’ I believe that when ROGERS said, ‘sac office first target,’ he meant that their first target should be the offices of California Governor Gavin Newsom in Sacramento. I further believe that when ROGERS said that the ‘bird and face’ offices would be next, he meant the offices of Twitter (‘bird’) and Facebook (‘face’), because both social media platforms had locked Trump’s accounts to prevent him from sending messages on those platforms. ‘Sad it’s come to this but I’m not going down without a fight’…’these commies need to be told what’s up,’ he said.
As for the explosives, the FBI believes they were ready to be detonated:
A Napa County Sheriff’s Office bomb technician examined the pipe bombs seized from ROGERS’s business. In a preliminary report, he described them as 7-inch long segments of galvanized pipe with end caps screwed on and 1 to 2.5 inches of fuse material sticking out of a hole in one of the end caps. Inside the pipes, the bomb tech found black powder material consistent with the material found inside a plastic bottle of Hogdon Rifle Powder gunpowder also seized from ROGERS’s residence. I know from my research that Hogdon Rifle Powder is commercially-available gunpowder that can be used for reloading bullets. The bomb technician conducted a burn test on a sample from the powder taken from one of the pipe bombs. He put some powder on the concrete and applied heat to one end. The powder burned unconfined. He also examined the fuses and determined them to be common fuses which can be purchased over the internet or at hobby stores. Based on his examination and tests, the bomb technician concluded that ROGERS constructed 5 improvised explosive devices that were fully operational.
The FBI also discovered a “White Privilege Card” that read “TRUMPS EVERYTHING” with the identification number “0045 0045 0045 0045.”
Rogers, the FBI believes, intended to “engage in acts of violence himself locally if there was not an organized ‘war’ to prevent Joe Biden from assuming the presidency.”
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