Domestic Terrorism

Timothy Mc­Veigh Fan Arrested for Copycat Plot

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Everything old is new again.

A self-professed admirer of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, the man who bombed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, was arrested on Friday for attempting to blow up a local bank in Oklahoma City.

Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, was arrested after he tried to blow up a cargo van filled with (fake) explosives at a local BancFirst bank branch.

Varnell was arrested after using a burner phone that belonged to an undercover FBI agent to remotely detonate what he thought was the bomb. When the bomb didn’t go off, he dialed the number at least two more times. He was arrested at 12:54 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Varnell came to the FBI’s attention in December when a source told federal agents that Varnell wanted to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C., “in a manner similar to the Oklahoma City Bombing,” according to an affidavit from a FBI agent.

Court documents and the source who originally tipped off the FBI detailed Varnell's motivations. He sought to spark a revolution just as McVeigh hoped to in 1995, describing the infamous Oklahoma City bombing as "retaliation" for taking away our freedoms.

The thing is, Varnell is only 23 years old. He was born in 1994. He was a baby when McVeigh attacked Oklahoma City in 1995. It's possible he wasn't even walking yet when 168 people were killed in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He probably wasn't able to talk yet when our "freedoms" were supposedly taken away.

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

  • muselet

    The scary part is that it’s usually during D administrations that Righty nutjobs want to try to blow stuff up. They tend to calm down when an R is in charge.

    Thanks, Trump!

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Meanwhile at the daily (I suck donkey dicks) stormer:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/446a620ce0b61eaf632753a70efd4b24d573200d3cb25eebc35f978392736f4e.png
    Here is a story with a link to the daily stormer’s if you are so inclined. http://hpr1.com/index.php/feature/news/this-is-a-brave-space/

    • Random

      “Every girl on the planet wants your dick now”

      Because nothing gets girls hotter than bigotry, racial intolerance, and close mindedness? There’s delusional and then there’s DELUSIONAL.

      • I saw that too and was mystified. What any of this has to do with sex, I don’t know.

        • muselet

          Bigotry makes them grow a third leg, therefore bigotry must have a similar effect on women, therefore they must be irresistible to women. QED.

          In other words, they’re delusional.

          –alopecia

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Meanwhile, the conservative blogs I inhabit are blaming liberals for the violence over the weekend. Because liberals are “the real fascists.”

    • ninjaf

      This is their favorite false narrative.

    • Draxiar

      Are any of them slinging the “why aren’t you tolerant of my intolerance” argument?

    • That makes sense, since we’re also “the real racists.” 😒

    • Badgerite

      Liberals don’t run around carrying Nazi flags, making the Nazi salute, yakking about “loyalty” to the “dear leader”, etc. I’ll go with “the one’s carrying the Nazi flags and shouting Nazi slogans are probably the Nazis” for $100.
      And the one’s trying to give them cover and trying to pretend otherwise are probably of that persuasion as well.

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    • Aynwrong

      That projection and rewriting of history has been integral to conservatism at least since I started paying attention to it back in late 2000. Dinesh D’Souza’s been tweeting this idiocy all day.
      https://twitter.com/DineshDSouza/status/896728853414072320

      • muselet

        I don’t expect much from admitted felon Dinesh D’Souza, but that is a lot of stupid to pack into a limited number of characters.

        –alopecia

      • Wow.