According to U.S. Attorney John W. Stone Junior, 26-year-old Justin Carl Moose was arrested Tuesday on charges of providing information on how to make a bomb to a person he believed was planning to bomb a women's health clinic in North Carolina.
Moose used Facebook, a social networking site, to advocate violence against women's healthcare clinics, according to the criminal complaint, specifically locations where abortions are performed and the healthcare professionals employed at these facilities.
Under one of his pictures on Facebook, Moose describes himself as "whatever you may think about me, you're probably right. Extremist, Radical, Fundamentalist...? Yep! Terrorists...? Well.... I prefer the term 'freedom Fighter'. 'End abortion by any means necessary and at any cost'. 'Save a live, Shoot an abortionist' "
During a recorded conversation, Moose referred to himself as the "Christian counterpart of Usama Bin Laden [sic]."
According to the complaint, Moose is a part of a group called the Army of God, which is considered a Christian terrorist anti-abortion organization that sanctions the use of force to combat abortion.
The week before his arrest, Moose met with a confidential source and provided detailed information and instruction about various explosives, the complaint alleges.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Since January, the criminal complaint states that Moose made numerous statements advocating the use of violence in order to affect his political or ideological beliefs. The majority of these posting relate to the issue of abortion and the murder of abortion providers.
In March, he posted the following statement. "The Death Care Bill passed last night. Keep your eyes and ears open. Now is not the time to move on targets, yet. Keep your phone and rifle close and wait."
"Dead abortionists don't kill babies, and a fire bombed death camp can no longer facilitate the holocaust against them," a posting on his Facebook in late May stated.
A few days later, this post appeared on his Facebook: "The 'president' ordered the assassination of Jerry Kane Jr and his 16-year-old son Joseph Kane. This must not go unpunished. Calling all Tim McVeigh's and Eric Rudolph's! We must take the war to the enemies of freedom and retaliate with all due force."
Moose seemed to know he was being watched by federal agents. On August 23rd, he made a post on his Facebook which seemed to be pointed to the government.
"To all the feds watching me: You can't stop what is in motion. Even if you bring me in, my men will continue their mission. Furthermore, I will not go peacefully. Do you really want another Waco?"
On Saturday, the complaint states that Moose met with a confidential source in person that he'd become acquainted with on Facebook. Investigators say the two men met at the TGI Fridays restaurant on Concord Mills Boulevard.
During the conversation, which was recorded by the FBI, Moose and the confidential source discussed an abortion clinic in North Carolina (which is not being identified). The source indicated to Moose that he planned to destroy the clinic to prevent his best friend's wife from having an abortion.
Moose then, according to the complaint, told the source three different ways to destroy the building. He spent an hour explaining the benefits and downfalls to each of the techniques.'
According to the complaint, Moose then told the source that he was a member of the Army of God, a Christian terrorist anti-abortion organization.
"The Army of God is a phantom cell organization. I have set up groups," Moose told the source. "I train people and this is not my first rodeo [...] if they put me away right now, if I never make it home, it doesn't matter because I've already told you everything you need to know."
Moose has been charged with violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 842(p)(2)(B), Distribution of Information Relating to Explosives, Destructive Devices, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
If convicted, Moose faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Moose had an initial court appearance in Greensboro on Tuesday and is scheduled for a detention hearing September 13th.