A 20-year-old Florida man has been arrested in a plot to explode a bomb at a 9/11 memorial event in Kansas City, Missouri, the Justice Department said Thursday.
The suspect is Joshua Ryne Goldberg of Orange Park, Florida, who the feds said was advising a man he thought to be a terrorist how to build a bomb -- and when and where to deploy it.
The man was actually a confidential government source.
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“ He instructed the (source) to make a pressure cooker bomb and fill it with nails, metal and other items dipped in rat poison,” the federal complaint said.
Goldberg instructed the CHS to place the bomb at an upcoming memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, that was commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
He claimed in online postings to have inspired the thwarted attack on the Muhammad art contest in Garland, Tex. earlier this year in which authorities shot dead the two armed-to-the-teeth attackers.
Goldberg was charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.