N.C. man charged in plot to bomb women?s clinic

Suspect allegedly used Facebook to advocate violence against women's health clinics


CONCORD, N.C. --

A Concord man gave bomb-making advice to someone he thought was planning to bomb a women’s health clinic, U.S. Attorney John Stone Jr. said.

Justin Moose, 26, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with providing information related to the making, use or manufacture of an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction.

A criminal complaint alleges that Moose used Facebook to advocate violence against women’s health clinics, specifically ones where abortions are performed, and employees at those clinics. Moose claimed to be a member of a group called the “Army of God,” federal agents said in a 19-page affidavit, and made multiple threatening remarks aimed clinic employees.

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Affidavit In Criminal Complaint For Moose

According to the affidavit, the remarks included one saying, “Save a life. Shoot an abortionist.”

Other remarks listed in the affidavit appear to encourage others to violence. “Keep your phone and rifle close and wait,” one said.

Moose met with an undercover agent last week, officials said, and gave detailed information about various explosives that could be used to destroy a North Carolina abortion clinic. The agent said Moose called himself the “Christian counterpart of Osama bin Laden.”

The FBI investigated the case. If convicted, Moose faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

He had an initial appearance in Greensboro on Tuesday and is scheduled for a detention hearing there on Sept. 13.

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