Today marks 14 years since the terrorist attack and collapse of the World Trade Center, the day that changes many of our lives but not all such as one Florida man, Joshua Ryne Goldberg, who posed as an Australian jihadist and planned an attack on the 911 Memorial Event in Kansas City, on Friday September 11.
The 20-year-old who lived with his parents is now charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
“Hopefully there will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11,” Goldberg reportedly told an FBI informant in a direct message.
The criminal began communicating online with an FBI informant in July and gave that person information on how to build a bomb with a pressure cooker, nails and rat poison. Instructions on how to build such devices have been widely publicized by Islamic terror groups, including Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s digital magazine “Inspire,” which released its most recent issue this week, according to a criminal report.
A judge issued a search warrant for Goldberg’s home Wednesday and undercover agents took him into custody less than 24 hours later. In addition, neighbors thought Goldberg was an intruder because they had never seen him before, according to FOX.
Al Keene, a neighbor stated:
“They are active in the neighborhood association and their other kids come to community events, but the older son has never even walked down the street that I’m aware of. I’m not surprised at all if his parents didn’t know anything about this. They seem like a great family.”
Goldberg’s family expressed surprise at the charges. His father stated that he was “shocked.”
“We are not aware of anything at this point. There has not been a prehearing. We have not been told any information and that’s all I can tell you,” said Frank Goldberg. “It wasn’t immediately clear if Goldberg had an attorney.
Goldberg’s intention was to attack the Kansas City 911 Memorial Stair Climb. The event involves 343 firefighters climbing 110 stories to the top of a downtown high-rise to pay tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to FOX.
The suspect admitted to building and placing the bomb, but hoped that the informant would either blow himself up constructing the device or give Goldberg enough time to alert law enforcement before the planned attack so he would take credit for putting a stop to it.
Rest in peace to all of those who have passed away on September 11, 2001.