FBI agents in Texas have arrested a man who allegedly was plotting to use C-4 explosives and weapons to kill police officers, rob banks and armored cars, and blow up government buildings and mosques, authorities announced today.
Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested Thursday on federal charges of attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material, the FBI said.
After setting up a Facebook page called American Insurgent Movement (AIM), Talbot allegedly sought to recruit five or six like-minded people who wanted â€œto restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.â€? He wrote this year on the AIM page that he was seeking people interested in â€œwalking away from your life â€¦ to stop the regime.â€?
The crimes Talbot was plotting to carry out â€“ detailed in a six-page criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Texas â€“ sound eerily similar to a series of terrorist attacks carried out 30 years ago by members of an infamous neo-Nazi group calledÂ The Order, also known as the Silent Brotherhood (or BrÃ¼ders Schweigen in German). Thereâ€™s just one big difference: Talbot talked about some of his planned crimes on Facebook, the complaint says, while The Order committed murders, robbed armored cars, and carried out a number of other attacks.
Talbot was expected to be held without bond as a flight risk and danger to the community after an initial appearance today before a U.S. magistrate judge in Houston.
Court documents say the FBI opened an investigation into Talbotâ€™s activities last August after learning of his desire to recruit others for terror attacks. The â€œlike-mindedâ€? individuals he initially attracted worked for the FBI, it turns out. The FBI used a confidential informant and two undercover FBI agents assigned to the agencyâ€™s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
On Oct. 18, 2013, the complaint says, Talbot asked his new recruits about their willingness to walk away from their current employment and join him in robbing banks to fund the revolution he envisioned. Talbot posted on Facebook that he had gone to four Bank of America branches to â€œplay observation.â€? Talbot allegedly urged â€œanyone who robs these banks to kill everyone working for the â€˜banking Cartelsâ€™ during the heist.â€?
Talbotâ€™s Facebook post continued: â€œThat is exactly what I will have my men do during the heist. Same goes with the Muslims. Mosques are to be a blast! With three of my guys with FA [full automatic] AKâ€™s [AK-47 semi-automatic rifles], we will send that white house worthless piece of dirt and his Muslim brotherhood a message they will never forget.â€?
See also Robyn Pennacchia, â€œSo, did you guys hear we caught a terrorist last week?â€?Â Death and Taxes, 31 March 2014
As was the case with Anders Breivik, Talbotâ€™s hatred of Muslims appears to have been inspired by the likes of Pamela Geller: