On Friday, a Pennsylvania anti-vaxxer enraged by the FBI’s raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort reportedly vowed to assassinate as many federal agents as possible before he got him.
“Come get me you feds shit,” he wrote on social media. “I’m going to fucking slaughter you.”
On Monday, Adam Bies, 46, found himself handcuffed.
The self-proclaimed “UX design leader, marketing whiz, adventure photographer and storyteller“began posting violent threats” in the days following the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on August 8, 2022.” according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in federal court in Pittsburgh.
“Every shit that works for the FBI in any capacity, from the director to the janitor cleaning their fucking toilets, deserves to die,” Bies said Aug. 10 on far-right social network Gabunder the screen name “Empty Focus“, reads the complaint. “You declared war on us and now it’s open season on YOU.” In another post that day, Bies allegedly wrote, “HEY FEDS. We the people can’t WAIT to water the trees of freedom with your blood. I’ll be waiting for you to break down my door.
On August 11, the FBI’s National Threat Operations Section Social Media Exploitation Team received a tip from a non-profit organization about BlankFocus. The group had been alarmed by a post that read, “I already know I’m going to die at the hands of those child-abusing pedophile bastards,” according to the complaint. “My only objective is to kill more before I fall. I will not spend a second of my life in their custody.
Another warned: ‘I sincerely believe that if you work for the FBI then you deserve to die.
The FBI immediately subpoenaed Gab for subscriber information associated with the account, which was linked to the “firstname.lastname@example.org” email address. But a chat log Gab provided to the FBI cast aside any doubt that it was an alias used by Bies, the complaint states.
“I’m using a fake name for my photography and Gab so Murica’s company can’t Google me a job,” Bies said naively in a conversation, according to the complaint.
In other posts, Bies has compared US federal agents to Nazi SS officers and KGB members, the complaint states. Days before his arrest, authorities say Bies mocked Gab CEO Andrew Torba, tagging him in a post saying, “It’s perfectly normal for the government to constantly tell you that they intend to murder you, but when we decide we’ve had enough and tell them we’re going to slaughter them, you’re banished from Gab. @a [Andrew Torba] go ahead and ban me you fucking asshole,” adding, “@a just gave me an account warning today for saying a group of child molesters in the FBI should be put down.
In addition to the chat logs, Gab provided investigators with the IP addresses used to log into the account, which led officers directly to Bies’ front door in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Bies does not yet have a lawyer listed in court records and a call on Monday from a cell phone listed under his name went straight to voicemail. But, he left a long digital trail of breadcrumbs online, both under his own name and under his nom de guerre, which gives some insight into his recent state of mind.
“I gave up my 25-year career in software and marketing after refusing the vaccine, in order to pursue a career as an internet troll funded by my own art,” Bies’ now-deleted Gab profile said, hawking prints of his photos. “Why spend $500,000 on a Hunter Biden crack pipe doodle when you can buy REAL ART for $20+?
The Daily Beast reviewed other posts by Bies, as BlankFocus, before his account was taken down on Monday afternoon.
“I lost over 100 subscribers today because I think the FBI is a bunch of bastards, child molesters who deserve to be shot on sight,” one said. “Good riddance assholes. Go hang out where you belong, with fucking Chamber of Commerce kid Mitch McConnell assaulting RINO scumbags instead. I hope YOUR children are on the menu next, whatever new hell has replaced Epstein’s island.
In another, he wrote, “I will never treat you asshole Democrats with respect or be friends with you in any way for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see all that stupid shit drop dead from the side effects of your vaccine.
A website as Adam Kenneth Campbellwhich is linked to the Gab de Bies account and uses the alias used by feds, includes a lengthy rant about what “Campbell” wants out of life.
“I’m not going to film your wedding” it says. “If you’ve gone this far in my story, do you think I’d be the right guy to have in the room while an angry Bridezilla throws a tantrum on her wedding day?” I am not interested in shooting events unless I am attending the event of my own volition.
He also attacks expatriate employees of American companies, claiming he saw “Tons of American workers are losing their jobs to foreigners.”
However, for all of Bies’ support for Trump after finding Mar-a-Lago, he wasn’t necessarily so enamored with him in the past.
“The day after he was impeached, the leader of the free world took the time to grab women by the pussy, interrupt Sesame Street and let little kids know, ‘That was bullshit!'” he wrote, pasting a GIF of Trump and his 2020 rival, Hillary Clinton. “Believe me, people always tell me, ‘Adam, don’t share your political views or you’ll lose half your customers.’ Half you say? Why don’t you just get rid of all my potential clients by saying that if you really supported any of these clowns, you are part of the problem in our country. Out of 330 million people to choose from, are these 2 retards the best we can find? »
On one of his other sites, Bies says he’s been “in the creative business for over 25 years,” listing various projects such as Senior User Experience Designer for PNC Bank in 2019.
“Experience has shown me that I don’t thrive in big beaurucratic companies [sic] organizations”, bies wrote.
Bies’ arrest comes amid a Twice-impeached Trump’s vocal campaign to discredit the FBI following court-approved search of classified documents. Last week, a gunman upset by the raid attempted to break into the FBI field office in Cincinnati before dying in a shootout with cops. The FBI is now seeing an “unprecedented” number of threats, according to CNN.
Federal prosecutors demanded that Bies remain detained pending trial. He is accused of influencing, obstructing or retaliating against federal law enforcement officials.