Ohio Man Arrested in Jihad Terror Plot Against The US Capitol.
The threat of homegrown terrorists is very real and with the threats coming from ISIS and other Jihadist groups the FBI and other law enforcement officials have been proactive in trying to find the terrorists and thwart their attacks. Recently, one such terrorist was arrested just outside of Cincinnati, OH.
This week FBI agents from the Cincinnati-Dayton Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Christopher Lee Cornell outside of the Point Blank Range and Gunshop in Colerain Township. The arrest took place right after Cornell purchased two AR-15 guns and 600 rounds of ammunition. The FBI said that his plan was to set off bombs at the U.S. Capitol and use his guns to shoot anyone fleeing from the scene.
Last summer Cornell adopted the Twitter handle, "Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah" which was a sign of his conversion to Islam. It was on Twitter that he claimed to be a member of ISIS and shared videos in support of jihad and terrorist attacks. It was in August that Cornell started to communicate with an FBI informant, he told the informant that he had been in communication with ISIS and was planning an attack on the United States.
FBI Special agent T.A. Staderman said, "He did not think he would receive specific authorization to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States, but stated that he wanted to go forward with violent jihad and opined that this would be their way of supporting (terrorists)."
Over the next few months Cornell spoke more with the FBI informant, eventually telling him that he planned to carry out an attack in December, he even met with the informant and showed him videos on how to build bombs.
How does a Midwestern boy become a soldier for jihad? People that knew Cornell have said that he was quiet and a loner. His father John Cornell, Sr. described him as being best friends with the family cat and said that he liked to play video games saying, "He might be 20, but he was more like a 16-year-old kid who never left the house."
When asked about his son's religion, he said that he was a recent convert, and that he sympathized with Muslims, saying, "'Dad, you just have to let people believe in what they believe. I have my beliefs, and you just have to let people believe what they believe in.'"
While his parents admit to their son's conversion to Islam, and that they had witnessed him praying over the last few months, they are having a hard time accepting that he was part of a plot. Cornell, Sr. says that he thinks his son was followed by the FBI and set up saying, "I believe he was really vulnerable . . . I believe he was coerced in a lot of ways."