FBI Agents Find Explosives and Inappropriate Pictures Before Arresting Suspect

FBI Agents Find Explosives and Inappropriate Pictures Before Arresting Suspect

(TargetLiberty.org) – The FBI has arrested a Virginia man on charges of possessing explosives and child pornography. So far, there have been no suggestions it’s terrorism-related.

Last December, the FBI searched the Chesapeake, VA, home of 48-year-old Kim Joseph Habit. During the search, they found a large collection of guns, reloading components, a grenade-fuzing mechanism and hand-written instructions on how to assemble an explosive device. A storage facility he rented also contained large quantities of bomb components – and a computer in his home had been set up to share child pornography over a peer-to-peer network.

Habit had rented the storage facility in February 2019; in January 2020, he began buying significant quantities of chemicals and other material that could be used to make a bomb. It’s not clear if it was that which sparked the FBI’s interest, or activity on the porn-sharing computer, but either way they obtained a search warrant on December 9 and executed it on December 14. Habit was arrested on January 3.

The FBI hadn’t flagged Habit as a potential terrorist, but there are signs he could have a mental health issue. In 2003, his mother had him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, saying he was a potential danger to himself. In 2007, he went to court in an attempt to get his right to buy guns restored.

Did he decide to make more dangerous weapons for himself?

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