KANSAS CITY, MO - A plot to bomb the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event in Kansas City, Missouri has been foiled and a 20-year-old Florida man, allegedly behind the threat, is behind bars. According to retired FBI Agent Michael Tabman, "We see a lot of these plans - they've all been thwarted."
The plan was to kill as many people as possible using a pressure cooker bomb made with nails and rat poison, similar to the one used at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. But a criminal complaint says Joshua Goldberg, described as an 'online troll' posting as an ISIS supporter didn`t realize he was conspiring online with an undercover FBI informant. Tabman sees this is good news, "I think there is some good news here. We see that, number one, law enforcement is taking a very proactive approach. They are out there looking for these events before they happen."
In Kansas City, 343 firefighters from all over the country climb 110 stories to the top of a downtown highrise paying tribute to the same number of New York firefighters killed during the terror attacks 14 years ago.
So far, Frank Goldberg, the suspect`s father in Florida isn`t saying much, "There hasn't even been an initial hearing yet, so we have no idea what's going on."
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Goldberg's son was charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. If convicted, Joshua Goldberg faces up to 20 years in jail.
Meanwhile, plans to honor the first responders will go on as planned this weekend, with advice from the FBI. "I think it's most important if we go out there, if we're out there to have fun, or If we`re out there to remember what happened on 9/11, we cannot let the terrorists intimidate us. Go out there, see something, say something, stay alert, look for that suspicious person."
The memorial stair climb raises money to support families of police, firefighters and EMT`s in the area: the folks who risk their lives everyday to save ours.