Updated evening of May 15th, see updates at the bottom of the post.
Best comment to the latest “terrorist ties” story coming out of “terrorist hotbed” country, the great Northwest: “A bomb that didn’t kill him while he was standing right next to it is a WMD?”
Some posters refused to be terrorized. I think that’s a good sign.
Note: Will be interesting to see how they try to paint Brice. They haven’t called him a Neo-Nazi, yet, but I suspect they would like to do that. Why were they tracking a “jihadist” for the MLK Day parade bomb?
Well, perhaps Brice will explain himself. He is in the Spokane County Jail (as is Kevin Harpham).
Spokane County Inmate
BRICE, JOSEPH J
Stay #: 1100011808
CID #: 368191
Intake Date: 05/09/2011 at 17:00
Desperately Seeking Terrorism
Goofy kid with way too much time on his hands suspected of Jihad, Underground Mayhem
By Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporter
Federal prosecutors in Spokane are looking into charging an Asotin County man, who was critically injured in a bomb accident last year, with attempting to aid Islamic terrorists.
Joseph Jeffrey Brice, 21, is accused of creating a jihadi website and using it to post bomb-making tips and videos, according to federal sources and documents filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force executed several search warrants last week on homes and cars owned or associated with Brice, of Clarkston, who earlier this week was indicted by a Spokane grand jury for manufacturing a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) whose premature detonation nearly killed him in April 2010.
The warrants allege Brice set up a YouTube channel under the pseudonym “StrengthofAllah” and posted videos of explosions and jihad-related content.
Some of the videos, according to the FBI, were embedded with the Islamic logo of al-Qaida of Iraq. Bomb experts determined two of the videos of explosives were filmed near where Brice’s injuries occurred along Highway 193 in Whitman County, according to the warrants.
CHARGES MAY BE STACKED
A federal law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation said prosecutors are using information gathered with the warrants to determine whether to charge Brice with manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and rendering material support to terrorists. A number of individuals who appear interested in jihad, including some within the U.S., accessed the site, according to the warrant.
Brice also allegedly planned through email with an unidentified man to rob a Zions First National Bank in Lewiston, Idaho, possibly using a bomb left on nearby school grounds to distract police. The plan was never put into motion.
Agents also found links to an English-language magazine sponsored by al-Qaida. They discovered videos Brice posted to a forum depicting suicide bombings in Pakistan, and also links he accessed to an English-language jihadi-linked site that contains instructions on how to make explosives, according to the search warrants.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice in Spokane would say only the investigation into Brice and his activities is ongoing.
Telephone calls to Brice’s federal public defender in Spokane were not immediately returned Friday.
WELCOME TO THE POLICE STATE
The warrants say Brice found an FBI tracking device hidden on his car in February, a month after a backpack bomb was found hidden along the parade route of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. “For some reason they have singled out myself,” he posted on another YouTube channel.
A known white supremacist, Kevin Harpham, has been charged in that incident.
Brice allegedly attempted to obtain several false identifications, at one point complaining via email to the Dubai, United Arab Emirates, police that a local company had failed to send the fake ID he had paid for.
He also opened email and PayPal accounts using the name of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, according to the warrant. [LOL]
Based on his postings, FBI bomb technicians believe Brice was constructing sophisticated and powerful explosive devices, including the one that “nearly blew his legs off” last April.
He initially told investigators the device consisted of Tannerite, a common substance used to make exploding targets.
Authorities says the reality, though, was that he had made a high-yield explosive using aluminum, acetone and ammonium nitrate that detonated prematurely after he lit it. The blast blew his pants and shoes off, broke one of his legs and peppered him with shrapnel, according to the warrant. Agents noted he was unavailable for an interview because he was hospitalized and in rehab for several months.
KID ENJOYED BLOWING HIMSELF UP
“That bomb was massive, though,” Brice wrote in a text message to a friend. “Launched me like ten feet and I have crazy scars.”
Mike Carter: 206-464-3706 or email@example.com
May 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM PDT
SPOKANE – Joseph Brice appeared in U.S. District Court in Spokane for a detention hearing Thursday afternoon.
The 21-year-old Clarkston man was arrested Monday by the FBI at his residence in the Heights. He’s charged with manufacturing an explosive device.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice said more information in the case and Brice’s background were discussed at the hearing. He confirmed Brice had a YouTube channel called Strength of Allah.
Rice says Brice detonated and practiced with explosives and that there were dozens of specific allegations of misconduct.
Brice was detained without bond. He’s being held in the Spokane County Jail.
Updated May 15, 2011.
Young Joey smokes pot and makes intricate plans for an exciting new life as a bank robber:
None of Joey’s “partners in crime” and conspiracy have been arrested.
News article on Joey’s “unfortunate accident with explosives”, below.
According to this, Joey’s girlfriend was with him when the home-made bomb exploded. “She was not injured”.
We can see that local authorities, just last year, appeared blissfully unaware that their region has become hotbed of terrorist activity. This suggests to me that Clarkston might be a rare, “lost in time”, white American community. In such a place, once common everywhere in the USA, white parents would happily provide chem labs for their brainy little sons to set up in the garage, pharmacists would sell bottles of chemicals to a bright-eyed kid without a second thought about calling the feds, and adolescent boys might sometimes spend the afternoon impressing the girls by mixing up gun-powder and setting off (little) explosions out on the driveway and nobody worried about FBI raids. Those were the days.
However, one person in the KLEW comments section does ask, “What were they really doing?”
Story Published: Apr 19, 2010 at 9:02 PM PDT
Story Updated: Apr 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM PDT
Comments (4)CLARKSTON – A Clarkston man was in critical condition Monday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after an explosion Sunday afternoon.
Police said 20-year-old Joseph Brice was experimenting with explosives about a mile west of Red Wolf Bridge when his homemade bomb exploded prematurely.
The blast threw Brice to the ground, ripped his pants off and seriously injured his legs and lower body.
Brice’s girlfriend was with him and contacted police. She was not injured.
Whitman County deputy Brian Keller said it appeared the bomb was made out of a paint can and an unknown amount of tannerite, an explosive commonly used for firearm targets.
“It appears they were just messing around and the unexpected happened,” said Keller. “You never know with explosives. You think you know what you’re doing, but you don’t and they’ll go off.”
Brice was taken to St. Joe’s and later airlifted to Sacred Heart.
No charges have been filed at this time. Police are still investigating.