by MICHAEL BOORMAN
A Texas man was arrested by the FBI last Thursday for plotting to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia. Following a sting operation, Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, Texas was indicted Friday morning on explosives charges and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Formerly an amateur bodybuilder and personal trainer whose interests revolved around fitness and family, Pendley seems to have had no criminal history or interest in politics prior to 2020. Over the course of a year, he developed increasingly radical views, beginning with opposition to COVID-19 lockdown measures and becoming a passionate supporter of former President Trump. After attending the January 6 protests in Washington DC, Pendley began advising friends to arm themselves and soliciting others online to ‘pick a side in the next civil war.’ Seemingly within weeks, he developed an elaborate plan to attack US internet infrastructure and provoke a wider social conflict. Pendley’s headlong journey into militancy culminated with his allegedly taking possession of C-4 explosives and detonators, which turned out to be fakes supplied by an undercover FBI agent. Following his arrest, Pendley admitted to planning an attack and is now in federal custody in Texas.Read more