September 25th, 2009
02:21 PM ET
5 years ago

FBI stops plot to bomb Schock's office

The FBI stopped a plot to bomb Illinois Republican Aaron Schock's office.
The FBI stopped a plot to bomb Illinois Republican Aaron Schock's office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Aaron Schock said Friday that he was "grateful" to the FBI for thwarting a terrorist attack targeting his office in Springfield, Illinois.

"My office was notified today of the attempted terrorist attack on both the Federal Building and my Congressional Office in Springfield," Schock said in a statement. "I am incredibly grateful to the FBI for their fine work in preventing this terrorist attack."

The Illinois Republican's office was reportedly the "secondary target" of Michael C. Finton, also known as "Talib Islam."

Finton had been supplied with a van filled explosives, which were harmless, by an FBI officer posing as an al Qaeda operative. Finton reportedly then drove to the Paul Findley Federal Office Building and Courthouse, which is close to Schock's office, and attempted to detonate the explosives with a cell phone. Finton was arrested immediately.


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  1. Big Govt Chuck

    @Kevin-Ohio By your way of thinking the Govt should only consist of the military, FBI and maybe the CIA...no gotta have the CIA. So who pays, how does the money get there? Donations?
    Shouldn't we have some laws to live by, whaddya say ....no? So lets get rid of congress, the president, and the supreme court. It'd be much more fun if there was no legal system so everyone could do what they wanted with no concern of repercussion.
    Hey bonehead, what part of govt do want to get rid of, all or just part? Be more specific....

    September 25, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Denna

    President Obama's administration saved your butt, huh? Two plots foiled in one month. That answers another criticism – are we safer now? I don't know what may happen in the coming years of this administration, but good job. Thanks.

    September 25, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    @ mjm.............

    You are WRONG, NO Illegal immigrant is eligible for Medicaid NOR Medicare!

    LOOK IT UP ITS LAW. Please consider looking up some facts from government web sites, instead of believing the lies the far-right feeds you.

    The LAW IS CLEAR.

    September 25, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. kaleto

    Regressives (aka "democrats") can thank the PATRIOT act for working to preven this spate of attempted homegrown terrorist attacks.

    September 25, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    @ Robin.......... WHAT BILL? BE SPECIFIC. There is no Bill on President Obama's desk that will give amnesty to illegal immigrants!

    This is just more GOP lies. Come on, it does not take a lot of brain to do your own research, and find the TRUTH.

    Why do you folks, continue to spread these lies? Pathetic and tiresome.

    September 25, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    PS. I did some research, and sure enough the Far-right-blogs and news media is spreading the lies that President Obama is going to give illegal immigrants amnesty and access to healthcare! Good grief! No wonder you GOPers are blogging about this. PLEASE CNN, this is a LIE you need to debunk!

    Where's the fact check, CNN?

    September 25, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Independant in Indiana

    Righties...The reason everyone here is quick to give the President credit for this bust is because you people would be tripping over yourselves to blame him if they would have succeeded in their plot. You dont want him getting credit for this, then remember that if something happens, that its not his fault either. You cant have it both ways.

    September 25, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. terry

    am i the only one that read the part where the FBI set up the "bomb plot", provided the van, and phony explosives, watched the idiot make the phone call then arrested him.... i wonder how long they "cultivated" this evil "talib Islam" nut job.

    "Finton had been supplied with a van filled explosives, which were harmless, by an FBI officer ."

    congratulations are in order... i guess....

    Randy Weaver was supplied a shot gun and an FBI officer to cajole him into cutting it down... at least they didn't shoot the guy's wife in the head while she was holding his baby...

    September 25, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Moderate Democrat

    Why is it that every time I hear some moron preaching about smaller government, the little retard is running for a government office?

    September 25, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. jim

    People here are sure are quick to claim credit for the political leader of their choice. Too bad neither side can show Bush or Obama had anything to do this.

    Just say thank you to the FBI for doing their jobs.

    September 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Reality sets in asks, "How do you think 9/11 happened?"

    I'll tell you how: The Bush/Cheney Administration ignored the Clinton transition team's efforts to bring them up to speed on the threat of Al Qaeda.

    Bush also ignored the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." It further goes on to say "using airplanes."

    Because of the arrogrance of the Bush/Cheney Administration and their blatant, inexcusable disregard and inaction, our country was attacked on September 11, 2001.

    Bush/Cheney and their pre-occupation with invading Iraq to get at the oil (they started planning the invasion in January 2001), is the reason we were attacked. Period.

    September 25, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Gerry

    If a person does not need to provide documentation that he is a US citizen then how will they not be treated. Just like the abortion issue if there is no admendment in the health care plan then the courts will allow abortions. This is why the democRATS keep voting down these admendments.

    September 25, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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