A terrifying bomb plot has been discovered in Oklahoma this week as a young man was arrested and charged after receiving phony assistance from an undercover FBI agent.
In a case littered with similarities to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, 23 year old Jerry Drake Varnell was hoping to obtain the necessary supplies to create a vehicle bomb that he would then use to destroy the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. His plans were forced to change, however, and Varnell ended up targeting BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City, all with the help of an undercover FBI agent hoping to nab the would-be terrorist.
“According to a criminal complaint filed in the Western District of Oklahoma yesterday, the FBI arrested Varnell at approximately 1 a.m. after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van he had parked in an alley next to BancFirst. The complaint alleges that Varnell initially wanted to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C., with a device similar to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing because he was upset with the government.
“According to the complaint, Varnell took a series of actions to advance his plot. He identified BancFirst as the target, prepared a statement to be posted on social media after the explosion, helped assemble the device, helped load it into what he believed was a stolen van, drove the van by himself from El Reno to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City, and dialed a number on a cellular telephone that he believed would trigger the explosion.
“Varnell is charged with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building in interstate commerce. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment. He is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Oklahoma City at 3 p.m. Monday.”
The Federal Government has been a target of American terrorists for a great many decades, but our nation’s incredibly efficient law enforcement agencies have done well to protect us from their dastardly plots.
One of the few plots that did unfortunately succeed was the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing in which Timothy McVeigh targeted a federal building in OKC. His attack killed over 160 innocent civilians, many of whom were children attending daycare. Varnell’s plot hoped to imitate McVeigh’s in size and scope, as well as by utilizing extremely similar tactics.