Fake Terrorist: ISIS jihadist calling for attacks on U.S. & Australia is a Jew who lived with his parents in Florida

In March 2017, in separate arrests, a black man in St. Louis and two father-and-son dual US-Israeli citizens were arrested for pretending to be anti-Semites who made a rash of bomb and other threats against Jewish organizations in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. See:

Yesterday, I came across another case of fake threats, by a Jewish young man living with his parents in Florida, who pretended to be an ISIS/Islamic State jihadist threatening to attack the U.S. and Australia.

Elise Potaka and Luke McMahon report for Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald that on Sept. 9, 2015, the FBI arrested 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg at his parents’ home in Orange Park, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida, for pretending to be an Australian-based Islamic State (IS) jihadist and for “distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction in furtherance of an activity that constitutes a Federal crime of violence”.

The police made the arrest after an FBI joint investigation with the Australian Federal Police based on information provided by Fairfax Media — one of Australia’s largest media companies and the owner of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Calling himself “Australi Witness,” Goldberg had posed online as an IS supporter working with other jihadists on plans to attack individuals and events in Australia and the United States. He even posted pictures of a bomb that he said he was making with “2 lbs of explosives inside”.

Goldberg is Jewish, not a Muslim, and has no real-world links with the Islamic State or any other terrorist group.

US Attorney Lee Bentley III said Goldberg:

  • Instructed a confidential source how to make a bomb similar to two used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings hoax, with nails, metal and other items dipped in rat poison.
  • Provided five web links to sites containing instructions to make explosives as part of a plot to explode a bomb at a memorial ceremony in Kansas City, commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The affidavit, released by Special agent William Berry of US Customs and Border Protection, says Goldberg initially denied to police that he had distributed information on how to make a bomb, but later admitted it and “further admitted that he believed the information would create a genuine bomb”.

In the leadup to an exhibition in Garland, Texas, at which pictures of the Prophet Mohammed were to be displayed, posing as “Australi Witness,” Goldberg tweeted the event’s address and urged people to go there with “weapons, bombs or with knifes”. Two Muslim men attempted an attack at the exhibition, and were killed by police. Australi Witness then praised them online as martyrs. Australi Witness Goldberg also urged followers to target Australian cartoonist Larry Pickering, who has previously depicted the Prophet Mohammed.

Goldberg, as Australi Witness, posed online as prominent Australian lawyer, Josh Bornstein. Goldberg established a blog on the Times of Israel in the lawyer’s name and, pretending to be Bornstein, posted an inflammatory article calling for the “extermination” of Palestinians. The Times retracted and apologized for the article. For his part, Bornstein said in a public statement that “I deplore racism…I’ve fought racism since I was four years old”.

When confronted, Goldberg boasted he had fooled “that guy” Bornstein into thinking that the online radical right-wing website “Daily Stormer did it.”

According to Wikipedia, Goldberg also pretended to be these other online personas:

  • White supremacist neo-Nazi on The Daily Stormer, Reddit, and European88.
  • Radical feminist.
  • Woman-hating misogynist on Reddit, advocating corrective rape against “whores and feminazis”, and offering tips on how to do so without getting caught.

Goldberg’s Australi Witness persona fooled journalists and terrorism experts.

As an example, Rita Katz, 54 — a Jew born in Iraq who is a terrorism analyst, co-founder of the D.C.-based private intelligence firm Search International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group, consultant for US and foreign governments, and has testified before Congress on online terrorist activities — said “IS supporter” Australi Witness held a “prestige” position in online jihadi circles and was “part of the hard core of a group of individuals who constantly look for targets for other people to attack”.

You can’t make this stuff up! — but evidently, terrorism expert Rita Katz can.

According to Wikipedia:

  • On Sept. 15, 2015, Goldberg appeared in court where he was ordered to undergo a 30-day mental health evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial. If tried and convicted, Goldberg faces 20 years in prison.
  • On December 14, 2015, after an examination by psychologist Lisa Feldman at Federal Detention Center, Miami, US Magistrate Judge James Klindt ruled Goldberg mentally incompetent to stand trial and Goldberg was ordered to be undergo psychiatric treatment for four months at the Federal Medical Center, Butner.
  • On June 15, 2016, appearing again before Judge Klindt, Goldberg was described by prison psychiatrists as “improving”, and that there was a “good chance” of him being returned to competency to stand trial. Another status update was scheduled by Klindt for October 15, 2016.

See also:

~Eowyn

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12 responses to “Fake Terrorist: ISIS jihadist calling for attacks on U.S. & Australia is a Jew who lived with his parents in Florida

  1. Try him here and when his times is served ship him to Australia and let them try him there. Punk won’t think its so funny then. Mean while the Jewish people should excommunicate him!

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  2. What a surprise- NOT!

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  3. This dufus needs to be put in general population . . . judging from his rather feminine looks . . . some Bubba would most likely like to make him his bitch. I just don’t understand why a Jew would foment this kind of hatred against others. I certainly hope that they speedily certify him as “ready to stand trial.”

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  4. They always seem to have dual citizenship. All he has to do is get a sex change and they’ll pardon him, if he gets any jail time at all. If he escaped back to Israel he would have gotten zero charges.

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  5. Ho hum,
    ..
    Scratch & yawn,
    ..
    Yet another,.. case of fake, anti-Semitism, committed by yet , another Jew

    So,..will somebody, please, let me know,.., as soon as this guy gets any, serious, jail time,

    I’m holding my breath,….

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  6. how many mental evals does he get?….until they determine he is incompetent to stand trial?
    I wonder what happened to his updates….seems like he just disappeared…maybe to israel?

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  7. So this piece of sh*t wasn’t mentally incompetent when it came to impersonating terrorists, encouraging others to go kill infidels, and then sending out detailed instructions for building explosive devices. But now that he is caught, Oy Vey, all of a sudden he is incompetent to stand trial. What a joke. I wonder if the psychoatrist has some “goldberg” background.

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  8. This story may well be bigger than one might initially think, consider how many “hate” orgs he was involved in, and also consider how “israel” is often connected to terrorism that never really gets punished. Are we sure this little scuzzbag isn’t a mossad (or similar agency) asset, or otherwise part of running an intelligence & false flag operation for someone else? Considering the failure of the likes of Katz (and assuming she isn’t working for the same group he is.) to properly identify him, and the amount of things he was involved in, it seems less likely that he is what they call a “lone” actor. Perhaps goldberg is a smaller chunk of a larger group effort? Nevermind that this once again brings into question the validity of the whole “isis” group as what is reported by the usual media outlets.

    This also raises some questions about just who, in actually, runs the “hate” groups etc. themselves. The KKK for example, seems to have some strong ties to freemasonry, itself a mix of kabala and gnosticism, these same factors also play into numerous other secret societies, and similar groups, as well as be doctrines of prominent occultists. Given the presence of gnostic concepts within such groups, and by this I mean the presence of vile doctrines from the babylonian talmud and kabalaist text called the “zohar”, among others, in things like “christian identity” (which, sadly, it seems the noted “hero” of the conspiracy research movement eustace mullins was involved with, many of it’s doctrines are repeated in his book “curse of canaan”, therefor he should probably be considered a disinformation agent by and large.) there is probably more than a little indication that the same old culprits are to blame here, gnostics/satanists.

    As a side note, the modern push for the false doctrine of “nephilim” as angel-human hybrids also ties into all of this, and is used by these other groups as a pretext for their racism (IE people are considered inferior because they might have fallen angel “DNA” or other ridiculous notions.)

    Sorry I don’t mean to wander terribly far from the topic. Suffice it to say this article is very itnerestign and raises a lot of questions that need to be asked. As always though, do be careful Dr. Eowyn, it seems that being in the “conspiracy” research stuff these days is becoming a more dangerous hobby.

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