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Thursday, June 10, 2021

DOJ: A Wichita Falls man who plotted to blow up a data center in Virginia pleaded guilty Wednesday to malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah. Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested in April after attempting to obtain an explosive device from an undercover FBI employee in Fort Worth. He entered his guilty plea today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, Jr.



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...Seth Aaron Pendley was apolitical until he lost his manufacturing job during the COVID-19 pandemic, federal authorities said. Suddenly he had plenty of time to read about and research American society and politics.

The 28-year-old Wichita Falls man never voted, but what he saw and read on Facebook and YouTube about nefarious conspiracies changed his life, according to the FBI. The health and fitness buff who took college courses and had never been in trouble before told agents he felt he had to turn to violence to stop what he believed was a coming tyrannical Marxist government.

His plan was to blow up an Amazon Web Services data center in Virginia to cripple the nation's internet access, which he believed would sow the seeds of revolution and ignite a civil war to topple an evil government, prosecutors say....

But prosecutors say in only a matter of months he transformed into a radical extremist accused of plotting an act of domestic terrorism to overthrow the U.S. government.

Against the advice of relatives, Pendley drove to Washington, D.C., with guns in his car for the Jan. 6 event that he believed was going to be an armed battle, according to testimony. Disappointed by the lack of armed militia members at the rally and ensuing riot, he walked up to the U.S. Capitol doors with the mob of Donald Trump supporters but didn't enter.

"He didn't want to get pepper sprayed," said John Coyle, an FBI agent who testified during the hearing....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-10 10:23 AM | Reply

"His plan was to blow up an Amazon Web Services data center in Virginia to cripple the nation's internet access, which he believed would sow the seeds of revolution and ignite a civil war to topple an evil government"

Add him to the list of millions of Trumpites who yearn to kill others without a clue in the world something might also happen to them.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-06-10 11:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lock him up. He went to Washington hoping to murder someone and relented only because he didn't want to murder someone alone.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-06-10 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Another Trump supporting traitor. The far-right in America is infested with terrorists and nearly the entire GOP embraced them when they voted to block investigating Jan 6.

#4 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-06-10 01:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Charles Manson was a master criminal compared to this knob. Give Herr Pendley a copy of The White Album and he would freak out from reading the liner notes...

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2021-06-10 01:09 PM | Reply

Another zuckerberg-fueled terrorist.

Our military should bomb facebook to protect american security.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-06-10 01:14 PM | Reply


If Trump ever holds power again, all social media will be state owned ~~ and we all know what happens to people who buck the autocratic system. Prison (or worse) is their fate.

Jeff Bezos will have to watch his back and steer clear of open elevator shafts.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-06-10 02:31 PM | Reply

@#1 ... sow the seeds of revolution and ignite a civil war to topple an evil government, prosecutors say.... ...

Another person, self-selected to determine the outcome of the 2020 election and invalidate my vote.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-10 02:47 PM | Reply

Remember the guy who blew up his RV outside the data center in Nashville?

Impressive how quickly that disappeared from the headlines. Though, it was right before the Jan 6 insurrection.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-10 03:00 PM | Reply

#9 | Posted by snoofy

I live in Nashville. They found a few pieces of the guy :-)

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-10 03:41 PM | Reply

Nashville was one of the most depressing cities I have ever visited.

Who wanted a hockey team in Nashville? I don't get it.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-10 04:07 PM | Reply


Are you drunk? Did you wife leave you? What's made you so bitter?

I've lived here a long time and have no idea what you're talking about. It's one of the top tourist cities in the U.S. with hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Nashville's hockey team sells out every game.

It's an upbeat, friendly city with high incomes and corporations like Amazon and Oracle and others moving tens of thousands of $100,000+ jobs here.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-10 07:49 PM | Reply

#12 - I agree that Nashville is a good city. It's clean, has nice people, it's in a very scenic part of the country, has good weather, as you say Americanunity the economy is good. If I didn't have a good job where I am now, I would probably move there.

#13 | Posted by jakester at 2021-06-10 07:53 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by jakester

It's one of the friendliest cities I've lived in let alone been to, which is just about every good sized city in America. That was one of the things I noticed on my first visit before I moved here.

And the 13+ universities and colleges with 100,000+ students here are a plus too.

It's a vibrant, upbeat, positive city with a 2 million metro population. I don't know what kind of bad experience SNOOFY had. Nothing negative has ever happened to me in the years I've lived here.

We're kind of like an Austin, TX or Madison, WI - a blue city surrounded by red.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-10 07:59 PM | Reply

#14 - "Vibrant". Great word and it pretty much sums up Nashville.

#15 | Posted by jakester at 2021-06-10 08:21 PM | Reply

Seems every city has dirty "depressing" parts. Sounds like snoofy ended up in that part. But Nashville has some real nice parts too. They do like their music. I like it too. Can't wait for that part of normal to return again.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-06-10 09:14 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by donnerboy

Homes in what was 'the wrong side of the tracks' 20 years ago (East and North Nashville) are now $600,000 and up. There really aren't any neighborhoods left developers and flippers haven't turned into something that doesn't resemble the working class neighborhoods of 20 years ago.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-10 10:51 PM | Reply

He must be a criminal mastermind to lift his diabolical schemes from Mr. Robot or Fight Club ...

He'd be better off getting a job there and randomly unplugging Ethernet cables or putting magnets on the servers.

#18 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-06-11 08:21 AM | Reply

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