Man, 46, accused of plotting to blow up an airport claims he only planted a Mason jar nail bomb there as part of a 'training scenario' to prove 'authorities weren't ready for a terrorist attack'

Mail Online | 1/12/2018 | Associated Press
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A man admitted in court Friday to leaving an explosive device at a western North Carolina airport last year, claiming his crime was a 'training scenario' meant to show that law enforcement agents weren't ready to stop terrorist attacks.

Michael Christopher Estes pleaded guilty in a Raleigh, North Carolina court to one count of unlawful possession of explosive material.

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Another charge he originally faced - attempted malicious use of explosives - was dropped.

The 46-year-old from Tennessee faces up to five years in prison at sentencing, which hasn't been scheduled yet.

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Court documents filed this week with his plea agreement reveal new details about why Estes left the Mason jar with explosives and nails at the Asheville airport in October.

Estes told investigators he wanted to show authorities how easy it was to place the explosives because he believed terrorists were coming and Americans would have to 'fight a war on US soil,' according to court documents.

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Authorities wrote documents that a timing device on the explosive hadn't actually been set to go off.

'He was adamant that his intention was not to hurt the public but to devise a training scenario,' prosecutors wrote.

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'He believed that the country was under constant threat and the agencies were...
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