Houston-area man arrested in undercover FBI terrorism sting

HOUSTON Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:21pm EDT

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Houston-area man suspected of leading an anti-government group appeared in federal court on Friday to face charges of trying to rob an armored car with explosives and plotting to blow up U.S. government buildings.

Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested by U.S. agents Thursday after an eight-month federal probe as he was about to rob an armored car with inert explosives provided to him by informants who had entered his group, according to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. federal court in Houston.

Talbot provided a manifesto to his accomplices, which included the informants. It read: "We must rebel. Blood and bullets are the only two things that will change this world, short of divine action," the complaint said.

A lawyer for Talbot said he was only appointed on Friday and had no statement to make at this time.

"Talbot espoused his desire to recruit five to six other like-minded individuals to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers," federal officials said in a statement.

If convicted, Talbot faces up to 20 years in prison, the statement said.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force had been investigating Talbot since August using undercover agents and other means of surveillance, it said.

A detention hearing for Talbot is scheduled for Tuesday.

(Reporting by Andrea Lorenz; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Diane Craft)

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VincentVer wrote:
Well, that’s extreme. I also bet these guys are more short of political rationality than both the far left and even the more aggressive far right. They probably even called Obama dictator as they attempted to enforce their beliefs so ruthlessly. The irony! Guess we could have worse. Being serious, there are some legitimate criticisms for the government, even from the far right. Though at that point, debt’s one of the only decent complaints they have. They’d likely even find a way to push anti-abortion past rationality, like denying it to rape victims. Change is what we need, just not like that. God knows what these psychopaths were thinking. What we do know is Rush Limbaugh’s about to praise these guys. These guys almost make me feel grateful Piers Morgan talks politics, and I can tell you, I’m not all that grateful for ignorance, extremism, and irrationality.

Mar 28, 2014 11:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:
Good Job, U.S. agents. Wonder if he was trained by OUR military and government dollars like many white supremist anti-government fools are. Throw away the key or execute him for treason.

Mar 29, 2014 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
brickem30 wrote:
with Obama and Clinton

Mar 29, 2014 10:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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