This is so scary!
Joshua Ryne Goldberg from Orange Park, Florida has been taken into custody after being accused of plotting to detonate a bomb at a 9/11 memorial event in Kansas City, Missouri.
The event is Sunday morning’s Kansas City 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in which 343 people climb 37 flights of stairs in remembrance of the 343 firefighters killed on September 11, 2001.
Participants make the climb to simulate the 110 stories that the firefighters ran to the top of the World Trade Center before they collapsed.
Goldberg had apparently exchanged messages with a person that law enforcement knew to be a Confidential Human Source (CHS) regarding making and planting bombs.
The informant worked for a few months to gain the trust of Goldberg — also known by his screen name “Aus Witness” — as he began to ask about how to make a bomb.
Goldberg not only told the informant how to create a pressure cooker bomb but told him to fill it with nails and other metalic objects dipped in rat poison! Goldberg then told the CHS to use the bomb at an upcoming memorial in Kansas City after learning the informant was located in the midwest.
7:03 AusWitness: “Have you decided what kind of attack to carry out on 9/11, akhi? I was thinking a bombing.”
7:06 AusWitness: “We could make pipe bombs and detonate them at a large public event.
7:06 CHS: “Yes I’m leaning towards that too. I’ve been getting excited about this. I’ve been having trouble with the planners in the dawlah who want me to just do a gun attack. But that doesn’t seem big enough to bring true glory to Allah. Look at Chattanoogo the kuff have already forgotten.”
7:07 AusWitness: “Exactly brother. It needs to be big. Do you live in NYC? I’m in Perth. There are lots of places to target here.”
7:07 CHS: “Do you know the directions you gave me work? I’ve never made a bomb before lol sorry”
7:08 AusWitness: “They work, akhi. But a pressure cooker bomb might be even better. Let me ask one of my brothers in the dawlah for instructions.”
7:10 CHS: “Ok, ahki”
7:13 AusWitness: “What city are you in akhi? We need to find the best place to place the explosive.”
7:13 CHS: “I’m in the Midwest the closest place is Kansas City if you’re familiar. But I can travel I’m just a student.”
7:14 AusWitness: “Alright so will you be able to drive to Kansas City to carry out the attack?”
7:14 CHS: “Yes Easily”
Goldberg is currently being charged with giving out information relating to explosive and destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction and could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.
Regardless of whether or not the conversation was serious, the fact that it even took place is absolutely deplorable — and criminal!
We sure hope Goldberg gets what’s coming to him if he is indeed guilty!
[Image via AP Images.]