Texas man who wanted to blow up Amazon data centre sentenced to 10 years

Texas man who wanted to blow up Amazon data centre sentenced to 10 years

A Texas man who planned to blow up an Amazon data centre in order to disrupt the internet and upset “the oligarchy” was sentenced to ten years in prison on Friday, according to federal authorities.

According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was talking with an undercover FBI agent rather than an explosives supplier during the planned assault in Virginia.


Pendley was detained in April in Wichita Falls. In June, he pled guilty to one count of maliciously attempting to damage a structure with an explosive.


“As this case demonstrates, extremists lurk on the internet searching for ways to strike out — and far too frequently, they carry their plans off the online and into the real world,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah in a statement.
Pendley’s federal public defender did not immediately reply to a request for comment Friday night.


According to court filings, the FBI was warned off in January that Pendley was talking about violence and the Jan. 6 disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on a popular militia site.


According to the papers, Pendley later informed someone on an encrypted messaging app that he planned to use plastic explosives to target Amazon Web Services data centres in order “to eliminate roughly 70% of the internet.”

Pendley assumed the data centre serviced the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies. Pendley stated in court filings that the objective was for the US government to overreact and be exposed as a “dictatorship.”

He also stated that he travelled to the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., carrying a sawed-off AR-style weapon but left it in his car. According to the records, he stated that he did not enter the premises as a crowd of Trump fans ransacked it.


Pendley was detained on April 8 in Fort Worth after picking up what he thought were C-4 explosive devices and being shown how to equip them, according to investigators.

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