Alleged Right Wing Bombing Plot Ends in Arrest

In a situation reminiscent of the situation here in Michigan with the Hutaree militia (the subject of my second appearance on the Rachel Maddow show), a Texas man has been arrested by the FBI for an alleged plot to start a new revolutionary war with a bombing campaign.

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 “to restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” He wrote this year on the AIM page that he was seeking people interested in “walking away from your life … to stop the regime.”…

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 Talbot’s activities last August after learning of his desire to recruit others for terror attacks. The “like-minded” 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 agency’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 “play observation.” Talbot allegedly urged “anyone who robs these banks to kill everyone working for the ‘banking Cartels’ during the heist.”

Talbot’s Facebook post continued: “That 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] AK’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.”

The Hutaree militia ended up only being convicted on weapons charges because they couldn’t prove that the crimes they talked about committing were actually going to be carried out. But in this case, according to the reports, Talbot actually acquired what he thought was C-4 (the FBI undercover agents provided fake C-4 to him) and was planning specific crimes.

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  • lordshipmayhem

    Another brilliant Faux News follower. Can we have Murdoch charged with terrorism, yet?

  • Dunc

    What kind of idiot tries to set up a terrorist group through Facebook?

  • Chiroptera

    Talbot posted on Facebook….


    I wonder how many “likes” he got.

  • harry

    It looks like the facebook page may still be up. Google it. I didn’t actually navigate to it.

  • I wonder if anyone reported his page to Facebook and was told that it did not violate community standards?

  • matty1

    I was going to suggest the Facebook thing was a hint that this is an April Fools but it seems the original article linked was published on the 28th. Some people really are that stupid.

  • Larry

    Next RW Outrage o’ The Week: Obama using FBI to selectively target conservative social organizations and gun clubs

  • marcus

    Note to revolutionaries: When planning crimes of violent insurrection, robbery, and murder; stick to Twitter. You just can’t trust Facebook.

  • raven

    Murder Case Uncovers Terror Plot By ‘Militia’ Within US Military

    www. huffingtonpost. com/…/military-terror-plot-murd_n_1833435.html‎

    Aug 27, 2012 – Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his … “This domestic terrorist organization did not simply plan and talk,” … One of the Fort Stewart soldiers charged in the case, Pfc. Michael Burnett, …

    This case is similar to one in Georgia. Fort Stewart soldiers involved and they didn’t just plan and talk. They killed two people. Five more soldiers have been arrested.

  • matty1

    I’m planning to set up a secret society, thinking maybe a billboard campaign to let everyone know when and where we are meeting.

  • raven

    Next RW Outrage o’ The Week: Obama using FBI to selectively target conservative social organizations and gun clubs.

    Yeah, I’m expecting Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee to claim persecution any minute now. If not them, then someone will.

    Plus the All Purpose Excuse. They weren’t True Tea Party America haters.

  • Being a right wing American, he will be charged with neither treason nor sedition.

  • Alverant

    Sadly I doubt this terrorist will not be charged with every crime he has committed. The RW media will not call him a terrorist or traitor. At most they will say he’s misguided and stick with their IOKIYAR attitude.

  • “Restore America Pre-Constitutionally?” What the fuck does that mean? He wants to go back to the Articles of Confederation? Or he wants to go back to British rule?

  • caseloweraz

    Harry: It looks like the facebook page may still be up. Google it. I didn’t actually navigate to it.

    There still is a FB page with that title. It has 537 likes. I didn’t investigate far enough to determine whether this fellow Talbot was involved, but that seems likely. The March 25 headline: “Colorado is talking about becoming 2 states and California is separating in 4 states. like Virgina.”

    First comment: “Not happening, numbnuts.”

    I think that sums it up.

  • dysomniak “They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred!”

    Terrorism is something brown people and vegans do.

  • qwints

    Another heroic instance of the FBI stopping a terrorist plot they created.

  • dingojack


    But, but, but I thought the RRW types love the Constitution. I guess it’s sort of the same way a stalker/rapist loves their victim(s) — so-called ‘passion’ without the hassle of any kind of real relationship.


  • AIM? Someone should tell him it’s not wise to piss off MODOK.

  • What a maroon. Doesn’t he know that in Texas, only corporations area allowed to create massive explosions that kill dozens of people without being held responsible?

  • Moggie

    It’s not terrorism! You can tell that it’s not, because he was planning to blow up mosques, not churches!

  • Abdul Alhazred

    Leave aside the politics for a moment and analyze this operationally.

    He wants to conspire to blow stuff up. He needs some minions. He doesn’t personally know anybody like that. So what does he do?

    Put it up on Facebook.


  • Abdul Alhazred

    And yet there will be people who will say the FBI set him up.

  • eric

    Um, if you need funds for your revolution, wouldn’t it be easier just to get a home improvement loan and then not pay the money back?

  • Abdul Alhazred

    Or kichkstarter? 🙂

  • busterggi

    timgueguen @ 19. – Normally I’d agree with you but these guys wear trash can over their heads so…

  • drr1

    fifthdentist @ 20 – we’ll need an address, so we know where to ship your internet.

  • grepo


    The heading for your post should say “Terrorist Bombing Plot Ends in Arrest.”