The FBI busted a 20-year-old Jewish man from Florida for posing as an Islamic State extremist online and plotting terrorist attacks in Australia and the U.S.
He also allegedly gave instructions on how to construct a bomb to someone he believed was a fellow terrorist planning to destruct a 9/11 memorial in Kansas City, but it was really a law enforcement informant.
The culprit, Joshua Ryne Goldberg, reportedly has a history of carrying out these kinds of hoaxes as he posed as a respected Australian lawyer earlier this year to post a racist blog on the Times of Israel news site.
Goldberg used the online persona, “Australi Witness” to encourage jihadi attacks. He has been charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction. He’s looking at a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if he’s convicted.
He reportedly admitted to offering instructions on how to make the bomb, claiming that he intended to alert the authorities right before the person was to detonate the bomb so he could take heroic credit for thwarting the attack.
Yea, nice try dude. Except, the truth would have likely come out in an investigation of the attack and your badge of honor would have been quickly stripped away and you would still be going to jail.