Sunday, February 17, 2013

San Jose man accused in Oakland bombing plot could face competency evaluation

The FBI has once again protected us from an FBI plot to use fake weapons of mass destruction provided to an insane and gullible man by the FBI.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

The Arizona-raised Matthew Llaneza moved to San Jose in March 2011 and lived in an RV in front of his estranged father's home. The one-time Marine attracted police attention a month later when after being hospitalized for a suicidal episode, San Jose officers discovered he had an AK-47 assault rifle and three high-capacity magazines, which he bought in Arizona but are illegal to own in California.

The ensuing probe -- which yielded a suspended prison sentence -- revealed Llaneza suffered from psychosis and bipolar disorder, according to a probation report. He told interrogators that secret government police and Mexican drug cartels were hunting him. Llaneza's mental state reportedly improved while he was in jail, thanks to in-custody counseling and medication, and was ordered to continue treatment when he was released in November 2011.

It's unclear how Llaneza came to the FBI's attention.

Department of Justice spokesman Dean Boyd said this week in an email that while he could not comment specifically on the Llaneza arrest, no threat can be summarily dismissed and that undercover stings have been effectively used to thwart violent plots and protect the public, adding "the public record of guilty pleas and convictions in such cases speaks for itself."

According to the FBI, the defendant met Nov. 30 with an undercover agent who led Llaneza to believe he was connected with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Llaneza proposed a car-bomb attack on a Bank of America branch on Hegenberger Road. On the morning of Feb. 8, Llaneza drove there and parked an SUV filled with a dozen 5-gallon buckets of chemicals prepared by the FBI to simulate explosives. Llaneza was arrested after trying to detonate the fake bomb with a cellphone.

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