Domestic Terrorism

Bundy Militiaman Arrested For Trying to Bomb a Federal Building

A militia leader from Utah who also participated in Cliven Bundy's standoff with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents in 2014 was arrested yesterday after detonating a bomb at a BLM facility on the border of Utah and Arizona.

Fortunately, the bomb he detonated was a fake provided to him by undercover FBI agents who were embedded with his militia.

William Keebler, 57, was charged Wednesday with one count of attempted damage to federal property by means of fire and explosives. He is the self-described leader of the “Patriot’s Defense Force.” Federal prosecutors accuse him of putting an explosive device at a Bureau of Land Management building in Mt. Trumbull, Ariz. [...]

The FBI put undercover agents in Keebler’s militia, agents wrote in an affidavit attached to the charges. They participated in “field training exercises” organized by Keebler, and were planning for “going on the offensive.”

Keebler allegedly placed the fake bomb in the BLM facility on Tuesday and tried to detonate it. He was arrested the following day. Keebler has been officially charged with one count of "attempted damage to federal property by means of fire and explosives."

Yes, that is a legit photo of Keebler from the Salt Lake City Tribune. The Tribune has more details which apparently includes a plot to also bomb law enforcement officers.

He wanted two bombs — one which he would detonate near one of the cabins at the Mount Trumbull facility and the other to use against law enforcement if they were stopped driving to or from Mount Trumbull.

Keebler planted the device — which unknown to him was inert — late Tuesday. He tried multiple times to remotely detonate the device, charging documents state, before departing. He was arrested Wednesday morning in Nephi by the FBI.

The uncover operation was led by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Salt Lake City.

This will not be the last time we see this and next time it may not be a fake bomb. There's no telling what devilry the nomination of Donald Trump will unleash not just this year but in the coming years.

  • swift_4

    Will the Republicans use the phrase “Right wing terrorist”?

  • sawadee2000

    Naturally THIS incidence of terrorism will never be reported over at Faux News, or any other of the right-wing media. If Keebler had been named Mohammed, there would be 24/7 coveraage.

    • ninjaf

      This will never be labelled as terrorism in the media. And it needs to be.

  • muselet

    William Keebler’s defense should be pretty entertaining. Incoherent, but entertaining. I feel sorry for whatever long-suffering public defender draws the short straw.

    By tomorrow morning, I expect every stop on the Wingnut Wurlitzer to be pulled out as Righty media shriek about the injustice visited upon a Patriot! by *scary music sting* Obama’s FBI!

    –alopecia

  • LTanya Spearman

    Fox News, members of congress, pundit contributors and finance contributors should all be under FBI/ATF/SS surveillance watch list.

  • Victor the Crab

    And yet the right tells us that these people are patriots and are there to save us from the “evil Muslims” or whatever dark skinned group is out and about.

    • Georgie

      Yeah, just like McVeigh, what a bunch of dumb f*cks.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      I had a recent argument with someone claiming “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.”

      I called BS and gave several examples similar to the above and McVeigh, school shootings, etc.

      His response:

      Nothing that Mathius mentions is anything more than one time incidents or some mentally ill nut. NONE declared war on the entirety of Western society. Based on Mathious’s and the left’s definition of terrorism, they could easily include most serial killers, bigfoot, chupacabre and a host of other monsters running around. When one points this in perspective, the left is both foolish and lack an understanding of what today’s terrorist mentality is. To them, an escaped lion from a nearby zoo is a terrorist.

  • Badgerite

    And this, of course, is really why these people want to be armed to the teeth with military styled assault weapons. And this is why the NRA insists that there should be no restrictions whatsoever on who can purchase these weapons even if it were to mean that Wayne LaPierre would personally sell them to ISIS himself.

  • Username1016

    I’m actually a little nervous that the election of Hillary will trigger the crazies in such numbers that she has Civil War II on her hands. I hope she doesn’t have to call on the National Guard to contain it. I guess we’ll find out :-}