Two California residents have been accused of an alleged plan to shoot the offices of the California Democratic Governor in Sacramento after the 2020 election, and they have also discussed the bombing of Facebook and Twitter, federal court records show.
The couple, accused of conspiracy charges and illegal possession of firearms and explosives, were part of anti-government militia with a strong Trump advocacy program called Three percent. The conspirators’ texts suggested that their planned activities would send a message to technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter the days after denied Trump from their platforms.
The texts returned by the FBI showed that the two men believed President Trump had won the 2020 election and that they wanted to go to “war” to keep him in office.
The first man arrested, Ian Benjamin Rogers, had been closed on January 15th, just a few days after he was supposed to have sent a message to another conspirator about the bombing plans. The FBI found nearly 50 firearms, some of which were illegal, and five pipe bombs in search of Rogers ’home and businesses after his arrest. Another conspiracy, Jarrod Copeland, was arrested on July 15th.
Allegedly planning to bomb democratic buildings, the two men also allegedly discussed attacks on Facebook and Twitter headquarters. A motive that the FBI sees in its lawsuit against Rogers as retaliation against platforms that denied Trump days earlier.
“We can attack Twitter and Democrats can easily now burn them [sic] shit down, ”Rogers wrote, according to the FBI.
The records also show that he sent a text message “I’m thinking of the purpose of the first office,” which the FBI believes is a reference to the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Then maybe the bird and face offices.”
The “bird” and “face” agencies are pretty clear stand-ups for Twitter and Facebook, as the Twitter logo is a bird and both companies had recently banned Trump from their platforms.
“Unfortunately, this has come, but I won’t go down without a fight,” Rogers claimed in a text message. “These commands need to be told what is.”
FBI Chief Christopher Wray issued a warning in early March that domestic terrorism is a growing threat in the United States, exemplified by the January 6 attack on the Capitol. As a result of this attack, the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have given priority to prosecuting domestic groups planning violent attacks.
Rogers and Copeland were accused July 7 and is accused of conspiracy to destroy a fire or explosive building that is used or that affects interstate commerce. Rogers has also been charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and Copeland has been charged with destroying evidence.
“Burning with your perceived political opponents is illegal, and it does not attract the kind of open and lively debate that created and supports our constitutional democracy,” U.S. attorney Stephanie Hinds said. A subsidiary of CBS’s Bay Area, in the underestimation of the year.