Domestic Terrorism

One JCC Bomb Threat Caller Arrested

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The FBI arrested a man in St. Louis this morning who allegedly delivered at least 8 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in several states.

According to authorities, Juan Thompson made the threats to implicate a woman that rejected him.

He’s charged in New York with cyberstalking a New York City woman by communicating threats in the woman’s name. Prosecutors said Thompson appears to have made those threats "as part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate” the woman after their romantic relationship ended. [...]

He is accused of making threats over the course of Jan. 28 to Feb. 22 against the Anti-Defamation League office in New York, a Jewish history museum in New York, as well as JCCs and Jewish schools in New York, Michigan, Dallas and San Diego.

Thompson allegedly made these copy-cat threats in a former girlfriend's name while the vast majority of the 100 threats made over the past 2 months were carried out by someone else. Thompson has only been accused of opportunistically delivering 8 threats. We still don't know who made the other 92.

Thompson is a former reporter for Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept. Thompson was caught fabricating stories, including fake emails and fake quotes, in early 2016.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m assuming Conservative media will use this as a cover for the rolling waves of bigotry Trump has unleashed. This guy didn’t vandalize two Jewish cemeteries and knock down hundreds of headstones. He didn’t murder one person and wound two others in a Kansas bar and wasn’t responsible for a wave of Trump voting yahoos shooting off their mouths in public every time the fools felt slighted by the mere presence of a brown person.

    This guy is a mere freakish outlier and nothing more.

  • That picture of the babies being evacuated in cribs makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I think we’ve all been waiting for a Reichstag Fire and the spate of threats against Jews is it, just in slow motion. Just enough to distract us and let Drumpf claim to be “jew-friendly” while violating the Constitution with his Muslim ban (that the Feds haven’t stopped enforcing–meh, who cares what those pansies in black robes think! amiright?)

  • It is truly fascinating how many of our problems are connected to misogyny.

  • muselet

    Juan Thompson got dumped and tried to get back at the woman by making threats to Jewish community centers in her name. A criminal mastermind this guy isn’t.

    Get him the psychological treatment he desperately needs and move on.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      A bit more forgiving than I would be. This guy terrorized people. Pathetic as I’m sure he is there needs to be a steep price. It doesn’t necessarily have to involve prison time but…

      • muselet

        I just don’t think someone so clearly in need of therapy should have the proverbial book thrown at him. Make him allocute, suspend a moderate sentence conditional on his seeing a shrink regularly, give his ex a permanent order of protection, that should be adequate, at least for now.

        Besides, making an example of this sad sack means the FBI would have an excuse to sit back, buff its collective naild on its collective shirt front and ignore the other 92 (and counting) threats.

        –alopecia

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    And let us all come together on this divisive day and say as one: Fuck that guy.

    • ninjaf

      Fuck that guy on so many different levels.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Except literal. I would prefer him not to breed.

        • ninjaf

          Very good point.

    • Aynwrong

      Fuck that guy.

      I will follow your lead, good sir.