Suspected militia member with sniper ambitions detained for plotting against border officials.

Biden Accuses Trump of Inciting Violence at the Border

On February 7, 2024, President Biden spoke out against former President Trump, blaming him for the opposition to a border deal. This comes after the arrest of Tennessee militia member Paul Faye, who was planning to travel to the southern border with a stockpile of weapons and commit acts of violence against federal border agents.

Faye was arrested by the FBI on Monday and charged with selling an unregistered firearm suppressor. According to the criminal complaint, Faye had extensive contact with Bryan C. Perry, another Tennessee militia member who was arrested in 2022 for conspiring to kill federal agents. Perry had allegedly tried to recruit members to his militia to travel to the border and shoot migrants and federal agents.

The complaint also revealed that Faye had a stockpile of weapons at his home and had discussed coordinating with militia groups from Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. He had also expressed his belief that the U.S. government was purposely allowing migrants to cross the border to help the government and that the patriots needed to rise up against this invasion.

In a statement, President Biden condemned the actions of Faye and Perry, stating that their violent intentions were a direct result of the rhetoric and policies of the previous administration. He also called for unity and urged citizens to reject hate and violence.

Faye is scheduled to appear in federal court on February 12 for a detention hearing. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. The investigation into his and Perry’s activities is ongoing, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.  

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