Skip to comments.FBI: Man Attempted To Bomb Bank, Trying To Set Off US Civil War
Posted on 02/08/2013 4:19:55 PM PST by blam
FBI: Man Attempted To Bomb Bank, Trying To Set Off US Civil War
By Pete Williams, NBC News
February 8, 2013
The FBI, ending a sting, says it has arrested a California man after he tried to set off what he thought was a car bomb at a bank in Oakland.
Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, of San Jose, was arrested Friday morning, capping a months-long undercover investigation, the Justice Department said. Agents say he met last November with someone he thought was connected with the Taliban but who was actually an FBI agent.
Prosecutors say Llaneza proposed car-bombing a bank in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"Llaneza's stated goal was to trigger a governmental crackdown, which he expected would trigger a right-wing counter-response against the government followed by, he hoped, civil war," the Justice Department says.
Court documents say Llaneza expressed a desire to commit violent jihad and talked about wanting to flee the U.S. after the bombing, but a federal official says his precise motive was unclear.
Court documents say he chose a Bank of America branch in Oakland as the target for the attack and offered to drive the car bomb to the bank. In January and February, they say, he and the undercover agent built the supposed bomb.
Investigators say Llaneza bought two cell phones to be used in detonating the device. Thursday night, they say, he drove an SUV containing the device and parked it under an overhang on the bank building, then walked a safe distance away and tried to set it off, when he was then arrested.
The device had earlier been rendered inoperable by the FBI.
He had his initial appearance in court this morning and will be back for a bail hearing next Wednesday in Oakland.
That’s odd, the story at the blaze says he hoped it would be blamed on right wingers.
I expect to see this modus operandi attempted again.
You are supposed to fire toward the banks of Ft. Sumter if you want to kick that off..........
note to self: anyone offering to help build a bomb is probably an FBI agent.
He had a lot of faith that the government would overreact in a very oppressive way.
...then walked a safe distance away and tried to set it off, when he was then arrested.
I would love to have seen the look on his face when nothing happened.
Due to his Taliban sympathies I doubt he is a conservative. One more for the left, most likely. And I would bet that the FBI first picked up his trail at an OWS event.
I don’t think that is the correct picture of him. I think that one is the renegade Democrat murderer in California. I was searching his name too, and that came up, but on a loser look it was from a link to the California Democrat lunatic.
Fortunately these clowns are universally stupid enough to believe the stranger who says they can help with explosives.
could be right, now that you mention it...I’ll pull it
did this guy have to hire a tutor?
Political violence almost always comes from the Left when it isn’t a jihadi.
In this case, you have a leftist wishing he was a jihadi.
Oh well. If only we had more gun control laws.
Glad we're all on the same page.
...or a Chicago professor...
Conservative Republicans do not bomb banks. Marxist “Occupy” types do.
That’s how Llaneza saw it but I personally think the left is becoming unhinged over the fact that their great savior is bringing about nothing but destruction. They can’t accept it so they lash out at the right.
Yep, check your history books.