FBI: Florida Man Planned 9/11 Memorial Terror Attack


Federal officials say they have arrested a Florida man and broken up a plot for a terror attack planned for a Sept. 11 memorial event in Kansas City, CBS news reports.

CBS News’ Jeff Pegues reports that the annual event is called the Kansas City Stair Climb and was set to take place on Sunday to honor the Sept. 11 attacks.

Investigators say they have arrested Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, of Orange Park, Florida for distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.

Pegues reports that he had been under surveillance for weeks and was unaware he was actually talking to an informant.

According to the criminal complaint, Goldberg was in contact, through online communications, with an informant. Between the months of July and September 2015, Goldberg distributed information to the informant on how to manufacture a bomb.

He instructed the informant to make a pressure cooker bomb and fill it with nails, metal and other items dipped in rat poison.

Pegues reports that law enforcement initially thought Goldberg was in Australia and he was also on the radar of Australian police. It turns out Goldberg was in a town near Jacksonville, Florida.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

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