INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL POLICY & UNDERSTANDING | APRIL 2018
U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery said to Buford Rogers, a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government militia Black Snake Militia, that “I don’t think you are a terrorist or part of a conspiracy.” Rogers was charged with making homemade bombs using military-grade PETN, crafting Molotov cocktails (filled with “homemade napalm”), and possessing a loaded SKS rifle. He cheered the Boston marathon bombing and discussed using the weapons locally. The case was initially investigated as a terrorism case based on initial evidence, with the FBI stating that it "believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel and that the lives of several local residents were potentially saved." Ultimately however, Rogers was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to three years and four months in prison.