The FBI had Joshua Ryne Goldberg arrested for allegedly plotting a 9/11 bombing in 2015. Goldberg allegedly planned on targeting Kansas City, Missouri, but his method of attack would have mimicked Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Boston Marathon bombing.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a Sikh man in Chicago was beaten days before the 9/11 anniversary, with his attacker calling him a terrorist like Osama bin Laden because of his religious turban and beard.
The investigation into Joshua Ryne Goldberg began shortly after the Texas shootings at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest. On the same day, the FBI says Goldberg began calling for an attack while using the Twitter handle AusWitness3. A month later, the suspect was seen using a website used by ISIS supporters in order to encourage more jihadist attacks around the world.
Due to this history, the FBI directed a source within the terrorist network to begin speaking online with Joshua Goldberg. By the end of July, the FBI was able to track Goldberg to his home in Orange Park, Florida, by tracking his IP address to his home.
Throughout August, the FBI informant and Goldberg began to discuss plotting a 9/11 bomb attack. On August 19, 2015, Goldberg allegedly began to discuss five website links which gave instructions on how to construct explosives and bombs. The next day, the FBI began surveillance on Goldberg’s home in Florida. Goldberg began discussing a specific target and decided to choose a 9/11 memorial event honoring the 9/11 first responders in Kansas City, Missouri, which is scheduled to take place on September 13, 2015.
On September 10, 2015, a judge issued a search warrant for Joshua Ryne Goldberg and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force had Goldberg arrested with guns drawn. When the arrest occurred, Action News Jax says the suspect “stood emotionless on the front porch, shirtless in handcuffs.” Apparently, some neighbors thought Goldberg was an intruder because they’d never seen him before in person.
“I know he’s allegedly accused, but if they find him guilty, I hope he never gets out of prison,” said neighbor Richard Webb.
Joshua Ryne Goldberg’s father, Frank, said the arrest of his son caught him by surprise.
“We are not aware of anything at this point. There has not been a prehearing. We have not been told any information and that’s all I can tell you,” Frank Goldberg said.
The conversations recorded by the FBI claim that Joshua Goldberg planned on placing a pressure cooker bomb at the Kansas City Stair Climb, which is similar to how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev targeted the Boston Marathon. Goldberg allegedly spoke of positioning the pressure cooker bombs somewhere near the crowds, but somewhere where they would not draw attention. In addition, the bombs would have been filled with nails, glass, and metal which had been dipped in rat poison in order to make them more lethal.
“I haven’t made one before, but I’ve studied how to make them,” Goldberg wrote, according to WCVB. “Get FAR away from the bomb, brother. There’s going to be chaos when it goes off. Shrapnel, blood and panicking kuffar will be everywhere.”
The 2013 Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured an estimated 264 others.
According to KMBC, Joshua Ryne Goldberg is accused of “distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction” based upon the 9/11 bomb plot. If convicted, Goldberg faces 20 years in prison for the Kansas City bomb plot.
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