02-10-2013, 08:02 PM #1
CA - FBI: Calif. ex-con tried to bomb bank to start civil war
Michael Winter, USA TODAY6:26p.m. EST February 8, 2013
San Jose man convicted of transporting AK-47 was arrested for trying to trigger dummy explosives in Oakland, FBI says
The FBI arrested a California ex-convict early Friday as he allegedly tried to blow up a Bank of America branch in Oakland, hoping to start a civil war.
Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, of San Jose, was detained after he tried using a cellphone to detonate an explosives-packed SUV at a BofA branch near the Oakland Airport, the FBI said. Agents had created a dummy bomb, however.
02-10-2013, 08:11 PM #2
FBI: San Jose Man Arrested, Attempted to Blow Up Oakland Bank ( link )
A civil rights group says the plot smells like entrapment
By Lisa Fernandez | Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 | Updated 8:02 AM PST
A mentally ill man who thought he was meeting someone linked to the Taliban was arrested Friday morning after federal agents say he tried to detonate some sort of car-bomb at a Bank of America branch near Oakland's airport.
However, the FBI documents also provide no evidence that Llaneza could have pulled off the operation without the undercover agents, had ties to other terrorists or had any bomb making materials in his possession. Separate court documents filed in Santa Clara County show Llaneza is mentally ill.
One civil rights expert, Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Santa Clara, indicated that this smells of entrapment.
- Read Matthew Llaneza Criminal Complaint (pdf)
- Court Docs Show Suspect Suffered from Mental Illness
- Read Probation Report on Llaneza (pdf)
Llaneza was released from state prison in November 2011, the FBI affadavit states (PDF), after serving a one-year sentence for transporting an AK-47. Efforts to immediately reach Llaneza or his supporters were not immediately successful. NBC Bay Area knocked on a door of a home where records show Llaneza once lived, or still lives, but no one answered the door.
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