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FBI: Oakland Man Wanted To Bomb Bank To Start Civil War

February 08, 2013  | 

Federal agents arrested a San Jose man Friday after he attempted to detonate a vehicle bomb at an Oakland Bank of America branch.

FBI agents arrested Matthew Llaneza, 28, as part of an undercover sting organized by the South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force. Agents equipped Llaneza with an inert device that never caused a threat to the public.

Llaneza had contact with an undercover FBI agent he believed was an terrorist operative connected to the Taliban and mujahidin in Afghanistan. The men first met on Nov. 30, and Llaneza said he hoped to cause a civil war. He hoped the bombing would cause a governmental crackdown if it was made to look like it was caused by anti-government militias.

Llaneza selected the Bank of America branch at 303 Hegenberger Road as his target. He picked a spot next to a support column of the bank building as a good location for the bomb, expressed a desire for the bomb to bring down the entire bank building, and offered to drive the car bomb to the bank at the time of the attack, according to the FBI.

Llaneza and the undercover agent constructed the purported explosive device inside a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) parked inside a storage facility in nearby Hayward. Llaneza purchased two cell phones to be used in creating and operating the trigger device for the car bomb. One of these cell phones was incorporated into the trigger device itself. The other was reserved for use on the night of the attack.

Llaneza drove the SUV containing the purported explosive device to the target bank branch in Oakland on Thursday. He parked the SUV beneath an overhang of the bank building where he armed the trigger device. He then proceeded on foot to a nearby location a safe distance from the bank building, where he met the undercover agent. Once there, Llaneza attempted to detonate the bomb by using the second cell phone he had purchased to place two calls to the trigger device attached to the car bomb. Federal agents then arrested him.

Tags: FBI, Counter-Terrorism Initiatives, Task Force


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Foster @ 2/15/2013 11:31 AM

& now the information left out of this article:court documents also showed that the foiled ‘bomb plot’ was not really a bomb plot. Instead, it turned out to be a sad affair involving the apparent entrapment of a mentally ill man who was coaxed by the FBI into attempting to set off a fake bomb that it had given him.

Foster @ 2/15/2013 11:31 AM

In October of last year for example, federal agents convinced a naïve 21-year-old Bangladeshi that he was a member of al-Qaeda,giving the alleged entrapment victim fake bombs to blow up the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank of New York before swarming in and arresting him. In reality, there was no al-Qaeda, there was no threat, there were no bombs, and the only alleged “plot” the FBI “foiled” was the one it hatched with its stooge, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis.

Foster @ 2/15/2013 11:32 AM

Earlier that year, the FBI concocted a similar half-baked plot, using a convicted felon to trick a group of young self-styled left-wing anarchists into trying to blow up a bridge near Cleveland. Again, the whole plot was run from beginning to end by federal agents and their “confidential informant” — a convicted criminal and con man.

Foster @ 2/15/2013 11:32 AM

A separate case in 2009 in which a government informer also convinced mentally unstable individuals to plant fake bombs in New York even drew criticism from the judge who oversaw the case. “The government made them terrorists,” the presiding magistrateobserved. Even the establishment press — the New York Times included — has been forced to speak out about the increasingly absurd “terror” plots invented and “foiled” by federal officials.

Foster @ 2/15/2013 11:32 AM

Analysts say the FBI is becoming increasingly discredited among the public as it continues to entrap ever-more vulnerable fools into committing bogus crimes. While the precise motivation remains unclear — authorities claim to be “defending the Homeland” — some experts have said the burst of fantastical headlines about “foiled” so-called “terror plots” helps to keep paranoia alive among gullible citizens while ensuring that the taxpayer money continues flowing.

Foster @ 2/15/2013 11:33 AM

Others have questioned whether the focus on creating and busting fake terrorists is actually endangering the public by diverting resources from working on real crime. However, even as the federal government purports to be waging a “terror war” all over the globe, even on American soil, the Obama administration has been publicly supporting, funding, and arming self-styled al-Qaeda leaders everywhere from Libya to Syria.

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