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Oklahoma man arrested for anti-government bomb plot


The FBI has arrested an Oklahoma man who was trying to detonate a 1,000-pound fake bomb outside a bank on Friday, according to court papers.

Authorities arrested Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, Friday night after he tried to carry out the attack outside of a Oklahoma City Bank at 6:30 p.m. local time.

Varnell made repeated statements about his hatred toward the federal government and expressed a desire to blow up buildings, according to a complaint obtained by The Washington Post. The court papers said that Varnell believed in the “Three Percenter” ideology, a form of anti-government activism that vows resistance against the United States government on the belief it has infringed on the Constitution.

U.S. Attorney Mark Yancey commended the work of the FBI and state law enforcement partners in "ensuring that violent plots of this kind never succeed.”

“There was never a concern that our community’s safety or security was at risk during this investigation,” said Kathryn Peterson, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oklahoma. “I can assure the public, without hesitation, that we had Varnell’s actions monitored every step of the way.”

Some are waiting for President Trump to condemn Varnell's actions.

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