FBI arrest soldier in connection with bombing plots

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 1:23 AM PT — Tuesday, September 24, 2019
New details are revealed surrounding the arrest of a private first class soldier stationed at Fort Riley in the Flint Hills Region of Kansas. According to the Department of Justice, 24-year-old Jarrett William Smith allegedly met with an undercover agent where he discussed plans to bomb CNN.
Officials say Smith also showed interest in targeting 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. The Democrat’s campaign has been working closely with the FBI in the wake of the threat.
“I want to thank law enforcement, especially federal law enforcement for their work in keeping our country safe. This is only one of many examples that we could give. We have been sharing any information that’s relevant with the FBI and are very confident in their ability to bring this case to justice and to protect our fellow Americans.”
— Beto O’Rourke

FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2015 file photo, an honor guard stands at the entrance before ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new 1st Infantry Division Headquarters at Fort Riley, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner File)
Smith told the agent he was looking to conduct attacks in the United States with “radicals like himself.” An affidavit revealed that before enlisting, Smith made contact with Ukrainian far-right paramilitary group Azov Battalion who he had hoped to fight alongside against pro-Russia separatists.
“To fight is what I want to do,” he told Ukrainian recruiters,and later revealed to them he had the skills needed to build IED’s.
While stationed at different military bases at home, Smith sent bomb-making instructions over social media. He claimed he could teach people to build bombs “in the style of the Afghans.”
Smith is facing a charge of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction, and faces 20 years in prison if convicted.

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