The Montevideo man arrested in May and charged with what the FBI has called a terror plot told authorities that he was not violent and was using the Internet to root out other possible terrorists.
The Associated Press reports that according to a document unsealed Friday, Buford "Bucky" Rogers, now 25, made the comments during a May 3 interview with the FBI.
Rogers is scheduled to go on trial next month. He has pleaded not guilty to four counts, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and counts related to the possession of two Molotov cocktails, two "black powder nail devices" and a pipe bomb. He is not charged with terrorism.
Rogers was arrested at his parents' Montevideo trailer, where authorities found weapons and explosives. His lawyer soon said federal authorities were releasing false information.
In the interview, Rogers told the FBI he was not aware of anyone planning an attack, but said he was trying to investigate groups he considered dangerous. He also said: "I'm not a bomb guy," but talked of making bombs and admitted owning some bomb-making materials, according to the AP.
He also talked about others he associated with through his militia, including a man whom he described as an intelligence officer with the National Guard, according to KARE 11.
Rogers' Facebook page is rife with military and gun images, and posts warning of battles with government agencies.
The interview was unsealed Friday after a request from the Star Tribune, says the AP.
The Star Tribune picks up the account from there, reporting that there is "a high probability” that the link is to Keith Novak of Maplewood, the Guardsman and member of a militia organization who was arrested last week and charged with stealing the names and Social Security numbers of Army members as part of an identity theft scheme.
Citing a source with knowledge of both cases, the newspaper reports that "the FBI has made no statement that the two men are linked. Both men, however, are alleged by the FBI to have spoken of bombing government facilities, although neither has been charged with such a crime."
Rogers, a member of a small group called the Black Snake Militia, planned an attack on the police station and National Guard facility and the bombing of a radio tower, all in Montevideo, according to the FBI at the time of his arrest.
FBI authorities said Monday that Novak, 25, belonged to the 44th Spatha Libertas or “Sword of Freedom” militia and had discussed bombing a National Security Agency facility in Utah, although he has not been charged with that. He was described in court documents as a “Human Intelligence Collector” for the Minnesota Army National Guard and an “intelligence analyst” when he was a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
Novak’s case has been forwarded to a federal grand jury for possible indictment, according to the Star Tribune.
“Keith, he’s in the National Guard. All-around nice guy. Paid for gas last time we went up to the cities,” Rogers said in the transcripts to an FBI agent in the May interview, according to the newspaper.
The Star Tribune also cites a possible connection among Rogers and a Russian militia group Rogers said is connected to Los Zetas, a violent criminal syndicate in Mexico.
“Don’t tell anybody this," Rogers told the FBI agent, according to the Star Tribune, "but I always wanted to be an FBI agent."