Florida man charged in plotting to bomb Sept. 11 memorial in Missouri

Posted at 10:15 AM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 12:21:09-04

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested and charged on Thursday after he allegedly provided online information to people on how to bomb the Sept. 11 memorial in Missouri.

Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, was charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction, according to U.S. Justice Department. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint, Goldberg posed as a Muslim living in Australia who was promoting extremist ideology. The FBI began its investigation on Goldberg after they linked tweets calling for an attack on the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas, to a username on a website that was largely used by ISIL members.

Goldberg, under the name “Australi Witness,” communicated with an undercover FBI agent. Between July and September, Goldberg and Confidential Human Source talked online daily.

In August, Goldberg  provided CHS information on how to make a pressure cooker bomb and where to place it at the Sept. 11 memorial in Kansas City, officials say.

The FBI came to Goldberg’s home, where he allegedly confessed to distributing information on how to manufacture bombs, the complaint reports. Goldberg admitted to also plotting to bomb the upcoming Sept. 11 memorial service in Kansas City, prosecutors said. He said he was planning on telling officials about the bomb attack before it happened so he would receive credit for stopping it.

The charges were announced a day before the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Goldberg’s trial date has not been set.