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    FBI: Terror attack disrupted by Montevideo, Minn. raid

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 1:18 AM EDT2013-05-07 05:18:07 GMT
    The FBI on Monday said it believes a terror attack was disrupted and the lives of several local residents potentially saved when police raided a home in Montevideo, Minn. on Friday.
    The FBI on Monday said it believes a terror attack was disrupted and the lives of several local residents potentially saved when police raided a home in Montevideo, Minn. on Friday.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (KMSP) -

The FBI says its investigators saved lives by thwarting a terror plot in its early stages, but the father of the Montevideo man arrested Friday says those claims are untrue and insists his family is peaceful.

Exactly what was being planned isn't clear, but 24-year-old Buford "Bucky" Rogers remains in jail without bail after local and federal investigators raided the home owned by his father, Jeff Rogers.

Dressed in full camouflage fatigues, Jeff Rogers casually spoke with FOX 9 News about the raid, admitting he was surprised to find the FBI showing up at his door despite previous visits from law enforcement.

"They pulled us out of the house -- pulled me out of the house anyway," he recalled. "Put me in handcuffs, and another guy was in there who they handcuffed."

At that point, his son had already been arrested while coming home from working with a construction company. Buford Rogers since been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, but his father said the weapons seized didn't belong to him.

"He wasn't possessing of no firearms," Jeff Rogers said. "The firearms belong to me. They're registered to me. So what? I had guns. That's my given right to have guns."

Throughout the interview with FOX 9 News, Jeff Rogers insisted he still doesn't know why his family is considered a threat.

"We are peaceful people, okay? We're not out to blow up the world -- none of this crap," Jeff Rogers said.

Investigators claim to have removed a computer, a military-style Romanian rifle and explosives from his shed -- specifically, Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs. Jeff Rogers said that isn't the case, describing the seized items as household chemicals.

"That's a bunch of s---," he said.

Police and Jeff Rogers both point out that Buford Rogers does not live at the home. Rather, he lives across town with his girlfriend and their new baby. Neighbors say they don't see him much, but residents told FOX 9 News the family is very dedicated to their Black Snake Militia, which some consider un-American.

Jeff Rogers is not coy about the family's political leanings, displaying an upside down American Flag and signs suggesting the government wants to implant microchips inside citizens outside his home.

"We are patriots. You guys are patriots," he said. "You see the country is going to s----."

Yet, Buford Rogers' Facebook page suggests a sinister side to his politics. In publicly visible posts from 2011, he wrote, "We already started fighting. I'm sure you'll hear about it in a bad way."

A website for the Minnesota Minutemen Militia, which says it is not anti-government, claims the Black Snake Militia is comprised of 73 members. The leader's profile shows a man who claims to be 29 years old wearing a ski mask and holding an assault rifle. His bio reads, "Im an american patriot willing to lay down my life so we may take our republic back…. [sic]"

Militia groups are not unusual, especially in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, but the Black Snake Militia appears to be one of the smaller ones with an active membership.

Area police say Buford Rogers has always appeared intelligent and civil during their previous interactions, and neighbors say they aren't sure what to make of the alleged terror plot targeting unnamed victims. As for Jeff Rogers, he's not shy about sharing his opinion.

"They're bullsh----ing there too because I have no idea who the hell he'd even be targeting," he said. "He's not that kind of person. I can guarantee you that."

Jeff Rogers confirmed to FOX 9 News that investigators also searched a second property he owns, but they did not take anything from that site.

On Monday, Buford "Bucky" Rogers was charged in federal court with one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon and remains jailed without bail. Specific terror charges are expected to come down in an a grand jury indictment.

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