From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A man who said he supported violent jihad and hoped to start a civil
war in the United States with a terrorist attack in the Bay Area was
arrested early Friday after trying to detonate what he thought was a car
bomb at a Bank of America branch in Oakland, federal prosecutors said.
Matthew Aaron Llaneza,
28, of San Jose was taken into custody near the bank at 303 Hegenberger
Road after pressing a cell-phone trigger device that was supposed to
detonate the explosives inside an SUV and bring down the building,
His supposed accomplice was an undercover FBI
agent who had been meeting with him since Nov. 30, according to an FBI
declaration filed in federal court. The declaration said the FBI had
built the purported bomb, which posed no threat to the public.
appeared before a federal magistrate in Oakland on Friday on a charge
of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, prosecutors said. The
crime is punishable by life in prison.
Llaneza was released from
state prison in November 2011 after serving a one-year sentence for
transportation of an assault weapon, an AK-47 rifle, the FBI
The FBI agent quoted Llaneza as saying he supports the Taliban and wants to engage in violent jihad.
the Nov. 30 meeting with an agent who posed as someone connected to the
Taliban in Afghanistan, Llaneza said he wanted the bank bombing to be
blamed on anti-U.S. government militias, triggering a government
crackdown, a right-wing response and a civil war, the FBI
He chose the Bank of America branch as a target
because of its name and because Oakland has been a center of protests,
the declaration said.