Another pressure cooker bomber arrested but we got him before he could harm anyone. Goldberg is described as an ‘online troll’ who is an ISIS supporter. How many more nut cases are out there?
A Florida man described as an “online troll” who posted as an ISIS supporter living in Australia was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to plan a bomb attack on a Sept. 11 memorial event in Kansas City this weekend.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, was arrested and charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
A criminal complaint says Goldberg, of Orange Park, about 15 miles south of Jacksonville, began communicating online with an FBI informant in July and gave that person information on how to build a bomb with a pressure cooker, nails and rat poison. Instructions on how to build such devices have been widely publicized by Islamic terror groups, including Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s digital magazine “Inspire,” which released its most recent issue this week.
An affidavit by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent William Berry said that investigators had been informed by Australian authorities that Goldberg had been identified as a “proponent of radical free speech.” The affidavit says that Goldberg posed as an ISIS supporter living in Perth, Australia who used social media handles like “@AusSecret” “@AusWitness” and “Australi Witness.”
The affidavit says that when he was arrested, Goldberg admitted to posting a Twitter message urging followers to attack a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas. Two Muslim men were killed by security on May 3 when they attempted to attack the event.
According to the affidavit, an Australian informant asked an online user believed to be Goldberg “Are you not all at concerned by the way that some of these jihardi [sic] nutcases might actually kill someone at your behest?”
Goldberg allegedly replied, “These guys are [expletive] keyboard warriors.”
Fox 30 reported that a judge issued a search warrant for Goldberg’s home Wednesday and undercover agents took him into custody less than 24 hours later. Neighbors told the station that they initially thought Goldberg was an intruder because they had never seen him before.
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