FBI:Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Springfield Federal Bldg (Rep. Aaron Schock Targeted)

-By Warner Todd Huston

The FBI announced today that it has arrested a man that thought he was about to blow up a federal building in the Illinois State Capitol, Springfield.

Michael C. Finton, alias “Talib Islam,” was arrested in a sting today officials announced. Federal officials charge that “Islam” drove a van up to the Paul Findlay Federal Building and then left the vehicle parked there. He then entered another vehicle some distance away and tried to use a remote detonator to blow up what he thought was a bomb in the van.

The FBI also reported that “Islam” had a secondary target after the Paul Findley Building.

According to a federal affidavit, Finton considered the Findley building a primary target, and consided the downtown Springfield office of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, to be a secondary target. That office is across the intersection of Sixth and Monroe streets from the federal building.

Fortunately, the plot was foiled by undercover agents that discovered Finton’s plans and set him up for the sting.

Finton is a prison convert to Islam.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as NewsBusters.org, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.

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