According to the charging documents, Smith discussed on Facebook in 2016 and later dates that he was interested in traveling to Ukraine to fight with the Azov Battalion, a paramilitary unit that has fought against Russia-backed separatists and also espouses an ultranationalist ideology.
In suggesting that the headquarters of the major news network could be a target, Smith allegedly said: "A large vehicle bomb".
In March this year authorities arrested a U.S. Army veteran who converted to Islam and discussed launching various terror attacks throughout Southern California as he plotted to bomb a white supremacist rally as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks. During his first court appearance on Monday, the magistrate ordered that he remain in custody pending a detention hearing on Thursday.
The O'Rourke campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The FBI said that Smith had an in-person meeting in El Paso with Craig Lang, who traveled to Ukraine and fought with another far-right group there, the Right Sector, similar to the Azov Battalion. The details of that conversation allegedly concerned a planned attack inside the United States, Smith's search for fellow right-wing "radicals" and possibly murdering anti-fascists.
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"Smith talked about killing members of Antifa and destroying nearby cell towers or a local news station", the Federal Bureau of Investigation mentioned in a launch.
On September 20, Smith engaged in a chat with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee in which he gave specific instructions on how to build an explosive device. "Smith stated that he did this to cause 'chaos.' He told me that if chaos results in the death of people, even through information he provided, it doesn't affect him". Smith also said he gives the information to people that tell him they intend to harm others, according to the affidavit. He previously served at Fort Bliss, Texas, from November 2017 to June 2019. The interaction occurred before Smith enlisted in the U.S. Army. He has not deployed.
"That's the best way to fight people".
The military non-public also told the undercover that "making Ak47s out of dear ingredients is cold, but take into accout whereas you would possibly per chance well per chance you had been going to Walmart as any other of a gun store to lift weapons". Smith responded with instructions for what he called "a Middle East-style bomb" that's powerful enough to damage or destroy USA military vehicles. An FBI bomb technician later determined the specific instructions could have constructed a viable device.
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He could face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.