Florida Man Enters Guilty Plea in Terrorist Bomb Plot

  • February 18, 2004

On February 13, 2004, Stephen John Jordi, a thirty-five-year-old former Army Ranger from Coconut Creek, Florida, charged with planning a terrorist bombing campaign, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of attempted firebombing.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped two other charges against Jordi, including distributing explosives information and possession of an unregistered silencer.

Jordi was arrested in Miami Beach on November 11, 2003, after his brother Michael, who lives in Alabama, informed the FBI that Jordi was allegedly planning to bomb a number of targets, including gay bars, churches, and abortion clinics.

Federal prosecutors said that an informant got close to Jordi by pretending to be a former police officer with similar views and that Jordi talked to the informant about blowing up gay bars and abortion clinics. Relatives of Jordi said that he had allegedly become more and more interested in initiating a bombing campaign following the May 2003 arrest of Eric Rudolph.

Eric Rudolph has been charged with committing four terrorist bombings from 1996 to 1998, including the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996, a gay nightclub in 1997, and an Alabama abortion clinic in 1998. Rudolph, who was captured in May 2003 after eluding authorities for nearly five years, fiercely opposed "race-mixing," abortion and homosexuality.

According to authorities, Jordi hoped to use his survival skills to hide in the mountains after committing bombings, much as Rudolph eluded authorities after his alleged 1998 Alabama bombing. Authorities also said that Jordi also discussed his desire to kill President Bush and former President Clinton, but was dissuaded by the informant. Before his arrest, Jordi allegedly ordered books on explosives and staked out targets in South Florida.