September 3rd, 2008
08:03 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC bomb plan uncovered

The suspect indicated he wanted to cause a power outage at the RNC, according to the affidavit.
The suspect indicated he wanted to cause a power outage at the RNC, according to the affidavit.


ST. PAUL (CNN) –
A 23-year-old man was plotting to set off bombs to coincide with the Republican National Convention, according to details federal prosecutors released Wednesday.

The suspect, Matthew DePalma of Flint, Michigan, is charged with possessing Molotov cocktails, a type of gasoline bomb.

DePalma was locked up on August 30.

The criminal complaint also alleges that in July 2008 DePalma told an FBI confidential source that he wanted to travel to the RNC to “make some bombs” and “blow s–t up.”

Read the criminal complaint

Later in August, FBI audio recorded DePalma telling the source he wanted to build a chemical bomb to cause a power outage at the RNC, according to the affidavit.

He also expressed his interest in Molotov cocktails.

The source apparently went with the defendant to buy gasoline and diesel fuel, and witnessed the suspect creating a "flammable gelatin" for the bomb.

The document indicated that the defendant implied his main purpose was to cause a power outage at the convention hall.

The complaint said there was cause to believe he had five Molotov cocktails in his possession when it was filed.

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Sherry in Colorado – why don't you elect a president who thinks first and acts later? The likelihood of your needing to be defended from anything is reduced. If you really believe John McCain has the sound judgment to lead, consider how he was unable to garner the financial support of his own party until he succumbed to the screaming from the extreme right wing of the party (the same evangelicals he spent years criticizing when he was a self-described maverick). If you even listened to Barack Obama's speech, did you not appreciate in the slightest how important it is that your nation stop banging itself over the head with exclusive, hateful labels? Please take a deep breath and think about it.

    September 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Marc

    Hey Observer > Do you really think there was any bomb or a suspect>>> it was only a ploy to get some attention like little kids.

    September 3, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Tennisguypitt

    I don't support these people, but this is absolutely ridiculous.

    I hope the RNC goes along without incident.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Marc

    Hey guys >> How about Huckeby >> isn't he a character ??? I think he should go back to church and ask for forgiveness.

    September 3, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Mike

    I find it odd that the DNC and Obama didn't come out right away and denounce this type of destructive behavior. I'm sure there was protests of the DNC that had more respect for the primary process and left them alone.
    So it makes one think that the DNC and Obama welcome anything that would shed a bad light on the RNC because of desperation and lack of credibility. They should have taken the initative to show they are disgusted with the anarchists. Are they not for the people or are they for themselves?

    September 3, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. Jan

    Do not be fooled......Dick and George did not travel to the convention because there were threats against them, not a hurricane.

    September 3, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. Marc

    If you reallly listen to Republicans speak ?? they all play the same tune which is the LOONY TUNE

    September 3, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This ain't news, we have criminals running our streets every day using AK 47s and other deadly weapons. If one can be stopped, why can't they all be stopped.

    September 3, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Generation X

    Someone is only doing what the GOP has done to other countries!! lol

    September 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Marc

    So John McCain served in the Army >> So did millions of Americans >> Maybe we should have millions of Americans running for Presidents and get it over with and let them all be satisfied.

    September 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. james

    The republicans are really laughable.They criticize inexperience then pick palin.Mitt Romney sounded like a war monger.He had the audacity to say something negative about Michelle Obama but dont want anything said about Palin.Romney had the nerve to talk about family values etc. but they dont apply those standards to their own families.Im tired of hearing abot Mccain te war prisoner.Tell me what he knows about the economy,taxes and everyday people.George bush has run this economy in the ground .Mccain has voted to support him ninety five percent of the time.Mccain has said the economy is great.He is out of touch.

    September 3, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. mike in central va

    any democratic delagates @ that liars workshop are racist. PERIOD!!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Lone Star Wolf

    You OBAMA supporters should never call anyone or another party racist after the number you pulled on the Clintons. The only racist I have found so far in this election process is you. AND I WILL TELL YOU, YOU HAVE BEEN ONE MORE GREAT BIG DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME. I USED TO HAVE FEELINGS FOR THE ABUSE YOUR FOREFATHERS FOREBEAR BUT NOT ANYMORE. YOU HAVE CHANGED MY ATTITUDE THERE. YOUR HATRED IS CONSUMING YOU. AS LONG AS THIS CONTINUES THERE WILL NEVER BE A JOINING OF RACES, NOT REALLY. GOD HAVE PITY ON ALL OF US.

    September 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. james

    Guliani is a joke.He tries to popularize fear(911) was an occurence that was terrible but we cant continue these fear politics. The repbulicans have almost bankrupt this country.Tax breaks for the wealthy from the republicans.I dont tink that helps the working man!

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. vote obama

    I've noticed that the repuglican camp is using Obama's theme, I am not surprised old people have a hard time with originality and creativity!!!
    GO DEMOCRATS!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Marc

    Rudy Giuliani and other Republicans keep harping on terrorism just to keep the war going and to keep funding wars and to keep losing precious American lives>> what a shame >> How ignorants can they be !!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. bombs?????!!!!!

    Has politics really come to this. I just can's believe that someone would want to screw up the convintion. I'm a dem., but i still don't want any one to get hurt.

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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