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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:30 PM

FBI: San Jose man who believed he was working with Taliban arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank

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Source: San Jose Mercury News

FBI: San Jose man who believed he was working with Taliban arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank of America branch

Matthew Aaron Llaneza bragged to his accomplice that after blowing up a Bank of America branch in Oakland, "he would dance with joy." Then after an act of terrorism that Llaneza hoped would be blamed on anti-government militias, federal officials say, he planned to flee to Afghanistan and train Taliban fighters.

But Llaneza's co-conspirator was not, as he believed, a member of the Taliban. He was an undercover FBI agent, and that's why early Friday morning, Llaneza, a 28-year-old San Jose resident and former Marine, was arrested after federal authorities say he attempted to detonate a car bomb that they had secretly rendered inoperable as part of a months-long sting.

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Llaneza made his initial appearance in federal court on Friday morning and was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_22550284

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Reply FBI: San Jose man who believed he was working with Taliban arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank (Original post)
alp227 Feb 2013 OP
Historic NY Feb 2013 #1
formercia Feb 2013 #2
cosmicone Feb 2013 #3
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #5
aquart Feb 2013 #10
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #14
TroglodyteScholar Feb 2013 #16
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #20
TroglodyteScholar Feb 2013 #30
bayareamike Feb 2013 #4
dlwickham Feb 2013 #23
NBachers Feb 2013 #6
Wilms Feb 2013 #7
Catherina Feb 2013 #17
Deep13 Feb 2013 #8
cosmicone Feb 2013 #13
Deep13 Feb 2013 #18
aquart Feb 2013 #9
freshwest Feb 2013 #11
rug Feb 2013 #12
dkf Feb 2013 #26
Alamuti Lotus Feb 2013 #15
Cha Feb 2013 #19
formercia Feb 2013 #21
slackmaster Feb 2013 #22
Exultant Democracy Feb 2013 #24
Sunlei Feb 2013 #25
LiberalLoner Feb 2013 #27
Exultant Democracy Feb 2013 #29
Gentle-man Feb 2013 #28
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #31
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #32

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:35 PM

1. Sounds like a RW Domestic terrorist...

who was totally clueless.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:39 PM

2. We have anothah Winnah!!!!!

Another Acolyte of Hate Media.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:49 PM

3. So FBI agents are posing as Taliban now?

Recruiting suckers?

That should make it really difficult for the real Taliban to recruit anyone.

I bet Pakistani ISI is working on a handbook, "how to tell real Taliban from FBI agennts for dummies"

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:10 PM

5. ...

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:36 PM

10. +1

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:29 PM

14. Entrapment, that's how they justify their existence.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:18 AM

16. I don't love the tactic

But I prefer it to the idea of one of these soulless RW dickheads hooking up with someone who actually does have the desire and the means to kill scores of innocents in an effort to stir up civil war.

Would you prefer that this guy found a way to work with someone like that instead? I'd rather someone identify him as a potentially serious threat and get him off the street when it's proved that he would kill innocents given the opportunity.

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Response to TroglodyteScholar (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:57 AM

20. He was a hapless loser the FBI did all the work. Yes I would "prefer" the FBI not stirring up shit.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:12 PM

30. If you want evidence that a hapless loser can do great harm, look no further than GW Bush.... n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:54 PM

4. Crazy. My sister works right near there. nt

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Response to bayareamike (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:13 PM

23. it's fairly close to the airport as well

I'm a bit more worried about the airport than a B of A branch

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:36 PM

6. I hate to sound cynical, but every time I hear something like this, I think the FBI is facilitating

most of it. Yes, the guy was willing to do everything necessary to blow up the bank and collapse it. But how much of this was an FBI fabrication?

I can't help it. I just always think they're digging a crime-hole and waiting for someone to fall into it.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:37 PM

7. "The plot was foiled by an FBI undercover operation"???

More like the plot was hatched by an FBI undercover operation.

And this has been going on for some time.

The only plots the FBI has "foiled" are the ones they launched.

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Response to Wilms (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:24 AM

17. +1 n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:43 PM

8. I know what will solve this kind of problem...

...more guns and tax cuts for the rich.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:56 PM

13. You forgot cuts in social programs

without deep and massive cuts in social programs, more guns and tax cuts for the rich are nothing.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:21 AM

18. Right, right. Poverty is just too attractive. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:35 PM

9. A lousy branch? What an idiot.

Never heard of the words "executive suite"?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:59 PM

11. Wonder what the body count he wanted would have been. Glad he didn't get what he wanted.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:36 PM

12. This is your tax money at work.

Court records stemming from a 2011 weapons conviction show the one-time Marine likely suffered from mental illness that included bouts of paranoia, suicidal tendencies, hallucinations and voices in his head, and he had a vast working knowledge of weaponry.

Those same records show that Llaneza's father long had concerns about his son's stability, keeping him at arm's length after he returned to San Jose from several years living with grandparents in Arizona and having abruptly converted to Islam.


God Bless America.

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Response to rug (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:30 PM

26. Homeland!

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:57 PM

15. the FBI seems to be a more prolific recruiter for the Taliban than the Taliban is.. *nt

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 02:55 AM

19. I'm with the FBI on this one..

OAKLAND -- Matthew Aaron Llaneza bragged to his accomplice that after blowing up a Bank of America branch in Oakland, "he would dance with joy." Then after an act of terrorism that Llaneza hoped would be blamed on anti-government militias, federal officials say, he planned to flee to Afghanistan and train Taliban fighters.


Friday's complaint against Llaneza describes him as a detail-oriented person intent on an eye-catching act of terrorism that he believed would foment civil unrest. Court records in Santa Clara County

Seemingly set the foundation for those thoughts after he was convicted in 2011 for illegally having an AK-47 assault rifle and accompanying high-capacity magazines he purportedly purchased and registered in Arizona.

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Response to Cha (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:03 AM

21. It seems the weapon was legal in AZ but not in CA

I could go out and buy a fully automatic weapon with a Suppressor(silencer), and do it legally. There is a ClassIII dealer about 10 minutes from here. All I have to do is pass a background check and pay a Transfer Tax on the weapon and Suppressor. It is legal to own such a weapon in Maine. Now, If I move to MA and take that legal weapon with me, if caught, I would be arrested and likely sent to prison.

To the FBI, this would not be an issue, since, under Federal Law, the weapon is legally purchased and Transfer Tax paid. The violation would be of State Law.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:08 AM

22. He may be one of the greatest dumbasses of all time!

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:17 PM

24. Good thing he FBI as there to stop the plot they hatched in this deranged mans mind.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:25 PM

25. another FBI sting. how much did this set-up cost? "The FBI fantasy thoughts police'

They take years to PM, befriend- some moron on some message board, pretend they have an egg that will hatch Godzilla and make the moron set the egg down next to a bank.

The FBI saved America from Godzilla!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:43 PM

27. Gave a heart hug to all on this thread who didn't have one yet - just because

Love you guys here at DU!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:55 PM

29. Thanks LL :)

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:45 PM

28. Similarly, Oswald was an FBI agent trying to frame left-wingers

 

This was covered up.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:38 PM

31. "FBI Foils FBI Terror Plot"

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:58 PM

32. He's lucky he dodn't get droned

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