An Army soldier was arrested Saturday under charges of “distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction” and sharing those plans with fellow radicals. The group’s targets of “chaos” included cell towers and news stations according to court documents.
Pfc. Jarrett William Smith, 24, stationed out of Fort Riley in Kansas could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 if convicted after telling an undercover agent that he wanted to build a, “large vehicle bomb” to attack a major news outlet, according to court documents.
Last month, Smith allegedly discussed with an FBI informant a plan to find fellow “radicals” and carry out some kind of domestic attack or attacks. He allegedly mentioned the possibility of “killing members of Antifa” along with destroying wireless and broadcast infrastructure sites, according to Slate.
According to the court documents, Smith in 2016 expressed a desire to join the violent Ukranian group Azov Battalion but, instead, decided to join the U.S. Army in June of 2017. He was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, until this July, when he transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas.
September 25, 2019