California Theft Ring Bust Yields Remote-Detonated Bombs

by 1389 on January 25, 2008

in Australia, California, cellular, counterjihad, crime, disaster preparedness, ecoterrorism, Europe, Russia, trees and forests, vehicle theft, wildfire

Animated flames

Triggered by cellular phones?

Remember all of the discussion in the summer of 2007 about wildfires in California and in Greece? Many people raised questions about whether some of those fires were, in fact, ecoterrorism. There was also some evidence that devices made from cellular phones may have been used to ignite wildland fires. This is plausible enough, considering that remote bombs triggered by cellular phones have been used in other terrorist attacks. But after the fires were extinguished, the story disappeared from the news.

These mysterious remote cell phone bombs have now surfaced – in California.

Undercover Op Leads To Cell Phone-Triggered Bomb

San Jose and Santa Clara police chiefs announced Wednesday the results of a massive sting operation in their cities. Operation Meltdown, as the joint effort was called, netted investigators hundreds of criminals, tons of stolen copper, dozens of stolen cars and weapons, and in one case, homemade bombs.

A Fremont man was arrested in October as part of Operation Meltdown. He is accused of trying to sell the officers improvised explosive devices capable of being denoted remotely by a cell phone. During a news conference at San Jose Police headquarters Wednesday morning, police showed a video, recorded by hidden camera, of the suspect demonstrating the technology to officers by detonating a bomb for them.

Operation Meltdown was begun in March 2007. Undercover officers from both departments opened a fake metal-recycling business in the city of Santa Clara called Jose Clara Co-Op.

Within days, San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis said, customers started showing up offering to sell what appeared to be stolen copper. Over the course of the next year, the undercover officers purchased 14 tons of copper with a street vale of almost $100,000. Soon after the officers began buying the copper, though, Davis said visitors to the recycling shop started offering to sell other stolen goods. The officers eventually purchased 40 stolen vehicles and 74 firearms, including 21 assault weapons.

Over the life of the operation, Davis said, 273 suspects were investigated, 63 of whom were arrested over the course of the investigation. Another 73 suspects were picked up during a sweep Tuesday. There are still another 70 suspects with outstanding warrants yet to be arrested…

Vehicle theft was also part of the picture, including some mighty fancy rides:

40 stolen vehicles were purchased. The vehicles include a BMW, Porsche Carrera, Nissan 350Z, Audi, Toyota MR2, SUV’s, sedans, motorcycles and a new Ford Edge SUV.

Who is involved?

The article mentioned that “many of the suspects were identified as gang members,” but no suspects were named, nor were the gangs identified.

In case you have any doubts:

Forest Fire Jihad Being Threatened on Terrorist Websites

U.S. officials monitoring terrorist web sites have discovered a call for using forest fires as weapons against “crusader” nations, in what may explain some recent wildfires in places like southern California and Greece.

A terrorist website was discovered recently that carried a posting that called for “Forest Jihad.” The posting was listed on the Internet on Nov. 26 and reported in U.S. intelligence channels last week.

The statement, in Arabic, said that “summer has begun so do not forget the Forest Jihad.”


The writer called on all Muslims in the United States, Europe, Russia and Australia to “start forest fires.”

The posting quoted imprisoned Al Qaida terrorist Abu Musab Al-Suri, as saying “Jihad is an art just like poetry, music, and the fine arts. There are people that draw and there are others that are jihadists. They both act upon inspiration.”

(h/t Scarlett Crusader)


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JennSierra January 25, 2008 at 10:30 am

How “INCONVENIENT” for the folks who tried to blame it on Bush’s environmental policies and global warming.

This puts the leftists in quite a quandry, doesn’t it?

2 Cassandra January 25, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Okay 1389, you’ve been reviewed. Reverting by mail as your site keeps triggering faults on my computer. Don’t know why – do you have any idea? Yours is the only one that does that … strange!

3 ajacksonian January 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm

I wonder if it is related to the remote trigger system the IRA got and then disseminated: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/ulster/article320004.ece

4 Debbie January 25, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I reported on the large number of cellphone purchases and thefts; on the threat of wild fires an arson as terror threats; and many people just poo-poo the idea. The terrorists will use anything available to them. This proves it.

5 Just the Facts July 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm

What were the URLs of the terrorist web sites?
The empty fear is worn out. Domestic tranquility
is here. Look around. Stop, look and listen.

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