An Ohio man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, who went by the alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah was spotted by the FBI several months ago when he began posting his support for violent jihad on online websites, according to CNN.
With the help of a person who cooperated with them in exchange for favorable treatment in an unrelated case, the FBI began an undercover investigation to nab Cornell.
The “co-conspirator” Cornell was plotting with to plant pipe bombs in the Capitol and shoot people as they ran for their lives was actually an undercover FBI agent, CNN reported.
According to the complaint against him, Cornell saved money, purchased guns and ammunition, researched his targets and how to make pipe bombs in preparation for the attack.
According to the complaint, Cornell didn’t expect to receive specific authorization from ISIS but “he wanted to go forward with violent jihad and opined that this would be their way of supporting ISIL.”
“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything. I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves,” he wrote according to the complaint.
His father, John Cornell, expressed his disbelief in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday.
“I’m not saying he was a saint but I think a lot of this was coerced,” he said.
“I love him more than ever and that I support him 100 percent and his mother loves him and we’ve got his back,” he told Lemon, who asked what he would like to say to his son. “I mean we don’t support terrorism and if he did what they say he did he’s gonna have to suffer the consequences.”
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