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FBI: Man Attempted To Bomb Bank, Trying To Set Off US Civil War
NBC News ^ | 2-8-2013 | Pete Williams

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.

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"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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California; War on Terror
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1 posted on 02/08/2013 4:20:02 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

That’s odd, the story at the blaze says he hoped it would be blamed on right wingers.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/08/civil-war-california-man-planned-to-frame-anti-government-right-wing-groups-in-bank-bomb-plot/


3 posted on 02/08/2013 4:25:26 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: blam; Travis McGee

I expect to see this modus operandi attempted again.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 4:25:47 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: blam

Silly Rabbit....

You are supposed to fire toward the banks of Ft. Sumter if you want to kick that off..........


5 posted on 02/08/2013 4:25:47 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: blam

note to self: anyone offering to help build a bomb is probably an FBI agent.


6 posted on 02/08/2013 4:27:18 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: blam
"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.

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.

7 posted on 02/08/2013 4:30:17 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: blam
Pro-Taliban terrorist tries to blow up Oakland bank — and blame it on the Right — to start civil war

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.

8 posted on 02/08/2013 4:30:25 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Doogle

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.


9 posted on 02/08/2013 4:37:25 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Fortunately these clowns are universally stupid enough to believe the stranger who says they can help with explosives.


10 posted on 02/08/2013 4:39:03 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

could be right, now that you mention it...I’ll pull it


11 posted on 02/08/2013 4:39:12 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: blam
"'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."

Who's dreaming up such crazy conspiracy tales? Next thing you know, they'll claiming that he wanted to push and drug a rich nerd with a high grade average into doing it for him. ;-)


12 posted on 02/08/2013 4:40:33 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

lol.

did this guy have to hire a tutor?


13 posted on 02/08/2013 4:43:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: blam

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.


14 posted on 02/08/2013 4:46:45 PM PST by marron
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To: blam
""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," "

Glad we're all on the same page.

15 posted on 02/08/2013 4:53:47 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: driftdiver
note to self: anyone offering to help build a bomb is probably an FBI agent.

...or a Chicago professor...


16 posted on 02/08/2013 4:57:13 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: cripplecreek

Reichstag fire.


17 posted on 02/08/2013 4:58:00 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45

Conservative Republicans do not bomb banks. Marxist “Occupy” types do.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 5:00:07 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45

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.

Cognitive dissonance.


19 posted on 02/08/2013 5:02:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: marron

Yep, check your history books.


20 posted on 02/08/2013 5:05:53 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: TADSLOS

False flag is an oldie, but goodie.


21 posted on 02/08/2013 5:12:10 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: familyop
Who's dreaming up such crazy conspiracy tales?

Remember the raghead who tried to set off a bomb in downtown Dallas (a bank was the target there, too, IIRC) a few years ago? He may have had an inclination to try that, but the FBI basically walked him through the entire process of assembling, positioning and attempting to detonate the "explosive". Sure, all the while the undercover guys who were in contact with him were suggesting other ways of making a "statement". They'd give the suspect an "out", then let him make the decisions to press on... but how much of this stuff is being handed to these unstable fools, pre-packaged?

It's anybody's guess.

22 posted on 02/08/2013 5:12:40 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: driftdiver; cripplecreek; familyop
"note to self: anyone offering to help build a bomb is probably an FBI agent."

I had an 'encounter' with the FBI over 20 years ago. One of the things they told me was that anytime there is a group or organization of more than two people, one will be an FBI agent.

23 posted on 02/08/2013 5:34:44 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Right wingers are apparently a lot smarter. They never could get the Hutaree involved in anything close to plotting an attack.


24 posted on 02/08/2013 5:38:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: blam

Oh, yeah, that method goes back to the more violent hippie organizations of the late-’60s and way beyond in history. It works. But police work isn’t enough to secure our country against foreign guerrilla attacks. IMO, our nation will have to fight a real war sooner or later. Meanwhile, it looks like the FBI busted a radical domestic, lefty menace, as posted in the article over this thread.

Denazification, cumulative review. Report, 1 April 1947-30 April 1948.
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/History.Denazi


25 posted on 02/08/2013 5:56:41 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: blam

Yep, I kinda wonder how these idiots get caught. Do they respond to ads on craigslist or something?


26 posted on 02/08/2013 6:02:39 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Two words apply to Bill Ayers.

Drone Strike.


27 posted on 02/08/2013 6:15:03 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: Charles Martel

It happened at least once, with the first WTC bombing, where they helped their suspects build the bomb, but failed to disable the device or arrest them before they could detonate it. They had an FBI informant in the group, but dropped the ball and effectively ended up aiding and abetting the plot instead of trapping the suspects.

Now, supposedly that hasn’t happened again since then, but who knows? If they screwed up again, they might just have been able to hide their tracks better.


28 posted on 02/08/2013 7:09:29 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: blam

Probably more than one will at least be an informant. All they need to do is to find one guy in the group who has a problem with the law they can exploit, and they’ve got a spy in any group they want to monitor. That’s handy for organized crime and gangs, but they apply the same tactics to any political or other non-criminal organization they want to monitor too.

This from the government that found a right to “privacy” large enough to fit 50 million corpses under.


29 posted on 02/08/2013 7:15:08 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: cripplecreek
That’s odd, the story at the blaze says he hoped it would be blamed on right wingers.

Another democrat killer? They just keep coming! Where will the next left wing mad man show up? Jeeze!
Glad they caught this one before more innocent people got killed.

30 posted on 02/08/2013 7:31:18 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: blam

Just dam! The FBI must have 10,000 fake Talibanners just running around all over the place! You cannot shake a stick without knocking it into a couple of them.


31 posted on 02/08/2013 10:51:57 PM PST by muffaletaman (IMNSHO - I MIGHT be wrong, but I doubt it.)
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To: blam
I had an 'encounter' with the FBI over 20 years ago. One of the things they told me was that anytime there is a group or organization of more than two people, one will be an FBI agent.

Which means every single tea party meeting, every OWS event, every town hall talking about Constitutional rights, and every militia will have at least one agent around.

When will our side realize that the government knows practically everything we're doing, and going to do?

There's a reason I'm a pessimist...

32 posted on 02/08/2013 11:17:23 PM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/sanfrancisco/press-releases/2013/federal-agents-arrest-man-after-he-attempts-to-bomb-bank-in-oakland

Federal Agents Arrest Man After He Attempts to Bomb Bank in Oakland

U.S. Attorney’s Office
February 08, 2013

Northern District of California

OAKLAND, CA—Federal agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, age 28, of San Jose, California, this morning after he allegedly attempted to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at a bank branch in Oakland.

Llaneza’s arrest was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI’s South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force. Unbeknownst to Llaneza, the explosive device that he allegedly attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public. Llaneza was charged this morning by criminal complaint with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property used in an activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce.

The arrest was announced by Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and FBI Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Field Office, David J. Johnson.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, on November 30, 2012, Llaneza met with a man who led him to believe he was connected with the Taliban and the mujahidin in Afghanistan. In reality, this man was an undercover FBI agent. At this initial meeting, Llaneza proposed conducting a car-bomb attack against a bank in the San Francisco Bay Area. He proposed structuring the attack to make it appear that the responsible party was an umbrella organization for a loose collection of anti-government militias and their sympathizers. 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 complaint further alleges that Llaneza subsequently selected the Bank of America branch at 303 Hegenberger Road in Oakland as the target for the attack. Llaneza ultimately specified 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 complaint, in January and February 2013, Llaneza and the undercover agent constructed the purported explosive device inside a sport utility vehicle (SUV) parked inside a storage facility in Hayward, California. As part of the process of assembling the device, 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.

The criminal complaint alleges that on the evening of February 7, 2013, Llaneza drove the SUV containing the purported explosive device to the target bank branch in Oakland. 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.

Llaneza made his initial appearance in federal court in Oakland this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu. The defendant’s next scheduled appearance is at 9:30 a.m. on February 13, 2013, for a bail hearing before Judge Ryu. If convicted on the charge contained in the criminal complaint, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s San Jose Resident Agency, with the assistance of the FBI San Francisco Joint Terrorism Task Force, the California Highway Patrol, the San Jose Police Department, the Oakland Police Department, the Hayward Police Department, and the Union City Police Department.

The charges contained in the criminal complaint are mere allegations. As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


33 posted on 02/09/2013 12:14:36 AM PST by Cindy
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Copy - Criminal Complaint:

http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2013/02/08/Llaneza_complaint.pdf


34 posted on 02/09/2013 12:26:34 AM PST by Cindy
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Quote:

twitter.com/SCSCourt/status/300046465089277955

Santa Clara Court
@SCSCourt

e-copies of Court and probation files for Matthew Aaron Llaneza #C1106150 (5/2/11) are available to media by request- contact PIO

5:00 PM - 8 Feb 13


35 posted on 02/09/2013 12:31:54 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Charles Martel

The terrorist you are referring to is Hosam Smadi. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

There’s a lot of info on that case here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2425049/posts


36 posted on 02/09/2013 12:42:30 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
[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.]

Too bad he didn't get a wrong-number call while he was wiring the phone to the detonator.

37 posted on 02/09/2013 12:48:09 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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Llaneza - Unrelated Case - 2011:

http://media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/file4.pdf


38 posted on 02/09/2013 12:49:58 AM PST by Cindy
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Copy - Criminal Complaint: - See item no. 7:

http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2013/02/08/Llaneza_complaint.pdf


40 posted on 02/09/2013 12:57:45 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Post no. 39: Incorrect url.


41 posted on 02/09/2013 12:59:20 AM PST by Cindy
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To: cripplecreek
... 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.

Well what would YOU do if you found out the people who aren't half as smart as you are were right all along? ;o)

42 posted on 02/09/2013 1:19:11 AM PST by papertyger
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To: blam

If said device did go off in oakland, would anyone even notice, heck he might get a key to city for municipal improvement.

Yes I made an oakland joke


43 posted on 02/09/2013 1:38:17 AM PST by GraceG
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To: blam

If said device did go off in oakland, would anyone even notice, heck he might get a key to city for municipal improvement.

Yes I made an oakland joke


44 posted on 02/09/2013 1:38:33 AM PST by GraceG
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To: blam

If said device did go off in oakland, would anyone even notice, heck he might get a key to city for municipal improvement.

Yes I made an oakland joke


45 posted on 02/09/2013 1:38:51 AM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Not funny Grace.


46 posted on 02/09/2013 1:49:37 AM PST by Cindy
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To: blam
0pee has the trigger for CWII, and he can pull it when ever he wants.

All he has to do is void/empty the EBT cards. Riots start within 16 hrs.

47 posted on 02/09/2013 2:35:54 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: blam
Is this the same FBI that held off arresting Menendez's aide for left-wing political reasons and then recently reported that El Paso is one of the safest cities for the 3rd year running? Anyone who looks into El Paso's record knows that its crime rate is well above the national average and anyone who has been there or knows someone who lives there knows that without an active border guard contingent, it quickly becomes about as "safe" as Chicago on a bad night.

If it's from the FBI, it's gotta be a lie. (anonymous but famous poet).

48 posted on 02/09/2013 4:03:07 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks blam.


49 posted on 02/09/2013 6:35:34 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: blam

A “Holy War” against banks??

Didn’t the Democraps do this when they criminalized ‘red-lining’ and started the housing bubble by forcing banks to make “NINJO” loans.


50 posted on 02/09/2013 10:52:51 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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