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Reported Minnesota Militia Member Arrested in Terror Plot

By Bill Morlin on May 7, 2013 - 2:34 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Militias

A 24-year-old Minnesota man with ties to an antigovernment militia group is under arrest for what now appears to be a plot to bomb a local police department.

Buford “Bucky” Rogers, of Montevideo, Minn., only has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, but other federal charges – and possibly other arrests – may be in the works, authorities tell Hatewatch.

Rogers, a self-proclaimed member of the Black Snake Militia, was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on Friday when agents found homemade bombs and firearms at the home of the suspect’s father, Jeffrey Rogers. The father was not arrested.

“The FBI believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel and that the lives of several local residents were potentially saved,” the agency said in a statement.

A federal criminal complaint says “agents conducting the search located several items including Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.” The suspect was arrested at his home, which is about ¾ of a mile from his father’s home, where the explosive devices were found.

The explosive devices — some packed with nails and others types of potentially lethal shrapnel — were detonated nearby by a bomb squad.

Federal authorities say “they are confident that they foiled a planned attack on the Montevideo Police Department and possibly saved lives” when they arrested Buford Rogers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported today.

“I can’t comment on that at this point,” Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher told Hatewatch today when asked if his department was the potential target of a domestic terrorism attack.

The chief did say, however, that he and other officers on the nine-member department have arrested Buford Rogers at least twice before.

At one point, officers responded to Rogers’ home after neighbors complained that he was flying an upside-down U.S. flag outdoors. That is a common public display for antigovernment activists who believed the United States is under attack by subversive foreign powers.

Buford Rogers and his father also had crudely hand-painted signs outside their home, with the red letters “BSM” sprayed on a black background, the chief said. “When I asked what that stood for, they told me ‘Black Snake Militia,’” the chief told Hatewatch. “I personally asked the father what that was all about and he told me, ‘Oh, that’s Bucky’s thing.’”

The chief said the investigation, now being led by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, is ongoing, but preliminary indications are that the militia is a small cell. “I would describe it as Bucky Rogers and his family and close friends,” he said.

The chief said there have been no unexplained bombings in or near Montevideo, which is a rural, agricultural community of 5,600 about 100 miles west of Minneapolis.

The suspect currently doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, but the police chief said he wouldn’t describe him as a “sovereign citizen,” or someone who believes the government has no right to levy taxes or impose most laws, despite his other outspoken antigovernment views.

The Star-Tribune reported that Rogers’ Facebook postings “suggest a man with troubling interests involving racial superiority and irritation with authorities.”

One of the suspect’s neighbors, Bryan Best, told the newspaper that Buford Rogers “talked about white supremacist stuff.”

Profanity-laced postings on Rogers’ Facebook page from June 2011 express his antigovernment views: “The NWO [New World Order] has taken all your freedoms the right to bear arms freedom of speach [sic] freedom of the press,” one of his postings said, according to the newspaper.

  • aadila

    Sam,

    It’s hard to say, and your view on it is as valid as anyone’s. Maybe you know best. For what it’s worth I don’t particularly think he’s conscious of his racism. I don’t think he was trying to support racist ideology. I think it’s more subtle than that.

    But I think it is crucual to consider that very few people actually self-identify as being racist. For this reason it is more useful to look at institutions rather than individuals. Racism arises from the consciousness in subtle ways — even in “innocent” acceptance of the status quo — but the institutions are where it can be seen, identified, and objectively examined. That is where it can be addressed and dealt with. No one changes their mind unless they want to but we can change our institutions.

    This whole “up by your bootstraps” idea that got its start from Booker T. Washington has been distorted. Yes, people have the responsibility to lift themselves up by their bootstraps; but if this is true, those in advantageous circumstances have the responsibility to not push down others with their boot heels.

    I just don’t think people are fully aware of how they contribute to racism by doing nothing. Uttering yuk-yuk Confederate humor is just one example of insensitivity to the real problem of racial inequality and injustice. When we do nothing to fix it, the problem persists.

  • Linnea

    Yep, I agree with you, concernedcitizen. I’ve been aware of these groups for many years (thanks to SPLC). My ? has always been, if this country can go after any Muslim that officials are suspicious of, for any reason, why can’t they keep a closer watch on the white supremacist/militia types? I’m afraid the answer has a lot to do with both skin color and religion…witness the hell raised over Homeland Security’s report on militias just a few years ago…

  • Sam Molloy

    Aadilia, you are right. He could be as unaware as Romney about the proliferation of recording devices, or he could have been deliberately trying to stir up controversy. He could be an incompetent comic or a dog whistle racist. Time will tell, but no apology has been forthcoming yet.

  • aadila

    Sam, many people in the South use the term “war of Northern aggression”, and not only tongue in cheek. Just like in South Carolina…traditional families will never say anybody is “lying”. They’ll say she’s “telling stories.” Of course it means the same thing.

    As to gathering chuckles, that may have been his intent. But the folksy, lumpen style that might be appropriate with one’s white, culturally homogeneous, conservative friends at the hunting lodge after killing some living beings to mount their skulls on the wall, may not go over so well in front of a national audience with lesser appreciation for Confederate values, i.e. New Yorkers.

    Since you brought up buddhism the other day in a separate context, I’ll paraphrase one of the principles: Don’t accept something spoken because of the personality of the speaker, try to discern the meaning of the words. He’s spouting Confederate rhetoric and making light of slavery.

  • Sam Molloy

    Rey, as I have said I am not happy with this choice for their leadership. It is as though he is the answer to Conan O’Brian’s question at the Press Corps dinner. However, the quote you linked is part of a longer story. Addressing a group of New Yorkers, he was relating how the NRA was founded, in New York, by Union soldiers that were disappointed in the US troops’ firearm skills compared to those of Confederate soldiers. This offhand remark about the “War of Northern Aggression” was no doubt intended to give a chuckle to the New York audience and I believe was not meant as a serious current opinion. The writers of the Beverly Hillbillies had Granny Clampett use this term in several episodes for comedic effect as well.

  • concernedcitizen

    Linnea, these groups are out there and they have a pretty good following too.

    I really don’t understand why we have to wait until the crime is committed when all we have to do is tap into their moonshine way of communication and find out just what they are planning.

    Remember how the moonshiners did and still do use signals to warn others in the area that the law is in town?

    These underground people use similar type communications in their communities as well.

    I believe that we have a much larger home grown threat from these types than we do foreign terrorists.

  • Linnea

    CriticalDragon, that makes two of us!! Seems like the only time we hear about groups like this is when they’ve committed a crime, or come awfully close.

  • concernedcitizen

    Well Majii these idiots do not have the authority to issue gag orders on anyone. They are violating federal laws. And there are plenty of people in this country who don’t cower before fools.

    I don’t care where their supremacy beliefs come from stupidity obviously knows no boundaries including crossing national boundaries.

    There are plenty of publications regarding these groups, plenty of articles including the reporting that goes on here.

  • Reynardine

    For a thriller chiller, check out this quote from the new president of the NRA:
    http://www.politicususa.com/nr.....dment.html

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Majii,

    Its not like they didn’t report on this at all. I do wish that the media would focus a lot more on groups like this though.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Bill Morlin,

    Glad this guy was caught before he was able to hurt anyone.

  • majii

    Not much of a chance, imo, Eric. For some reason, it seems that these militia and sovereign citizens groups, along with other homegrown extremist groups, have a gag order on the media. The media is no longer the gatekeeper of our democracy that it is supposed to be because many of its players seem to be very afraid to report the truth about these extremist groups, and they shy away from informing Americans how dangerous these groups are to us and our government.

  • concernedcitizen

    “At one point, officers responded to Rogers’ home after neighbors complained that he was flying an upside-down U.S. flag outdoors. That is a common public display for antigovernment activists who believed the United States is under attack by subversive foreign powers.”

    I believe that the U.S. is under attack too but it’s usually by people such as Bucky and the rest of the underground militia clan, the ones that want to be Nazi’s etc.

    One day we might find them actually dressing like Hitler and saluting on street corners proselytizing.

    Another quote from the article:
    Buford Rogers and his father also had crudely hand-painted signs outside their home, with the red letters “BSM” sprayed on a black background, the chief said. “When I asked what that stood for, they told me ‘Black Snake Militia,’” the chief told Hatewatch. “I personally asked the father what that was all about and he told me, ‘Oh, that’s Bucky’s thing.’”

    The chief said the investigation, now being led by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, is ongoing, but preliminary indications are that the militia is a small cell. “I would describe it as Bucky Rogers and his family and close friends,” he said.

    No way, there are a lot of these knuckleheads running around whether they have independent militias, they are probably well aware of the other groups in the area.

    Absolute back woods craziness.

  • Linnea

    I live in Minneapolis, and this was the front-page story in the local newspaper today. Minnesotans tend to be pretty intelligent and reasonable people, but out in the boonies, we have our share of nuts just like anywhere else. (Consider the fact that Michele Bachmann represents part of Minnesota.) I never cease to be astounded at the stupidity of people who fall for the NWO conspiracy theories and related BS… and even more, that they think they can get away with bombing a police department. The very definition of stupid…

  • Gregory

    Buford? That doesn’t sound like a Mooslim name…..

  • Sam Molloy

    Eric, so far no mention has been made of their religious convictions, if any. They could lean toward Nordic, White supremacist views. However you could have a point worth checking out as I believe this is Michelle Bachmann’s home turf.

  • http://www.reddit.com/r/hackbloc Eric Blank

    I wonder what the chances are of the mainstream media reporting this as “Christian Terrorism”

  • Reynardine

    Ah, well, let’s see how long till one of these types is someone who used to post certain comments here.

  • Aron

    Oh, Bucky. Captain America will be so disappointed in you. :(