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15 August, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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Jerry Drake Varnell, of Sayre, was arrested on Saturday over the plot in Oklahoma City.

Varnell is scheduled to appear in federal court Monday afternoon on a charge of attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce. Court records do not indicate whether Varnell is represented by an attorney. In a criminal complaint, FBI investigators say Varnell initially wanted to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C., with a device similar to the one used in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building because he was upset with the government.

"I commend the devoted work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and our state law enforcement partners in ensuring that violent plots of this kind never succeed", said Mark A. Yancey, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

The complaint states those messages were captured in audio recordings, Facebook messages and encrypted text messages. "At the point when local armies begin getting shaped I'm following government authorities when I have a group".

He told the undercover agent he wanted to make a statement using bombs, according to the complaint. Amid the meeting, it says Varnell said he held "III% belief system" and needed "to begin the following insurgency", a reference to the "Three Percenters" nationalist development - started in 2008, stirred by President Barack Obama's decision - and that has aroused against firearm control endeavors and vows imperviousness to the central government over the encroachment of protected rights.

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"At approximately 6:30 p.m., Varnell actively participated in building what he believed to be a 1,000-pound [Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device] constructed with ammonium nitrate/ fuel oil, detonating cord, cast boosters, dynamite and blasting caps", the affidavit said.

"Something should be done", Varnell stated, yet murdering many individuals was not a smart thought, as indicated by the protest. "It was a wake up call to both the government and the people".

Varnell helped the undercover agent assemble the "device" and loaded it onto a van that he believed was stolen, before driving it from El Reno to the alley beside BancFirst.

If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Washington | u.s. authorities announced Monday the arrest of a man who wanted to detonate a bomb in Oklahoma City, a city already hit by a terrorist attack in 1995, perpetrated by a white supremacist, who had 168 dead.

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