The fire caused shutdowns at O’Hare and Midway airports, and disrupted air travel nationwide.
Regarding the message, Bloomberg said,
It was posted on the account of Brian Howard, 36, at about 5:36 a.m. local time yesterday, minutes before firefighters were called to the Federal Aviation Administration center in Aurora, Illinois.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in a search-warrant affidavit yesterday quoted from the post, which it attributed to Howard, without mentioning the anti-government content. Bloomberg News received the complete message from a family member of one of Howard’s Facebook friends. The person who provided it asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to release it…
“WAKE UP!” said the message to those authorized to read what’s been identified as Howard’s Facebook page. “This is a gov’t by the people, for the people and of the people which right now equates to immoral and unethical acts. That’s why terrorists and 3rd world nations hate us, because our tax dollars go to more unrest than rest.”
“So we deserve the retribution from people who do not have the same ability for education, work and way of life,” the writer said.
In a related story, ABC News reported that Aurora police chief Greg Thomas informed the media, "It appears to be a fire set by a contract employee. There was no terrorist act."
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