A redacted portion of the interview transcript for Buford Rogers after his May arrest in Montevideo has now been made public by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham as a result of a motion filed by John Borger, a lawyer for the Star Tribune.
Rogers is a member of a Montevideo-based group called the Black Snake Militia. The FBI has alleged that he was planning an attack on the Montevideo Police Station, the National Guard facility and a radio tower. He has since not been charged on these allegations, but instead he has been indicted on: one count of possessing two Molotov cocktails, one count of possessing two black powder and nail devices, one count of possessing a pipe bomb and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The now-released portion had been previously withheld because the interviewing FBI agent had not at that time read Rogers his rights.
In the newly released portion, Rogers talks about knowing a “Keith” who was involved in the National Guard and milita activity. Earlier this month, a Keith Novak of Maplewood was arrested and charged with stealing the names and Social Security numbers of Army members as part of an identity theft scheme. However, no solid connection has yet been made between the two.
Previously released transcripts showed that the FBI acted largely on information provided by a man from Texas who stayed with Rogers for awhile. The informant had said Rogers was planning a terrorist attack. In the previously withheld portion of the transcript, Rogers gave his own side to the story.
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Rogers speaks about a member of the militia, Tim, whom he kicked out.
“He likes bombs and the reason we basically just kicked him out of the group is because he was violent,” Rogers said.
Rogers went on to tell the interviewing agent that he was opposed to violence. Rogers denies any plans to carry out an attack, and said he was not aware of anyone planning one. He mentions he was trying to investigate groups he considers dangerous. He claims to not be a “bomb guy” but did talk of making bombs and owning materials. He admitted that his connections to other militia groups probably looks bad, but that he had good intentions.
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