The son of a Boston police captain has been arrested in an FBI sting and accused of plotting to commit terrorist acts in support of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“While we were saddened and disappointed to learn or our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others,” Ciccolo’s parents said in a statement.
In court papers, the FBI said Ciccolo, also known as Abu Ali al Amriki, had talked with the cooperating witness in recorded conversations in June about his plans to commit acts inspired by Isil.
Ciccolo initially talked about killing civilians, police officers and members of the US military but later said he wanted instead to attack a state university outside Massachusetts because more people would be there, according to the FBI. The FBI said the attack would include executions of students, broadcast live over the Internet.
The day before his arrest, agents watched Ciccolo at Wal-Mart buying a pressure cooker similar to those used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI said.
His lawyer, David Hoose, did not immediately return calls for comment.
Ciccolo first came to the attention of the terrorism task force on Sep 11 last year, when a close acquaintance – identified by the two law enforcement officials as Ciccolo’s father – told the FBI that Ciccolo had expressed a desire to go overseas and fight for Isil, according to court papers.
The acquaintance told the FBI that Ciccolo had a long history of mental illness and in the last 18 months “had become obsessed with Islam”.
The person also told the FBI he had received texts from Ciccolo in which he said America was “Satan” and Americans were disgusting.
The FBI said Ciccolo told the cooperating witness he planned to attack the university with assault rifles and explosives, focusing on dorms and the cafeteria during lunch because it would be packed with people.
He also allegedly said that if a student was a Muslim, “he would be permitted to help, sit tight or leave”. Ciccolo told the witness that the Boston Marathon bombing gave him the idea of using pressure-cooker bombs, the FBI said.
The FBI said it found several partially constructed Molotov cocktails, two machetes and a long curved knife during a search of his apartment.
After Ciccolo’s arrest, he grabbed a pen during a jailhouse medical screening and stabbed a nurse in the head, according to the FBI.
Conclusion by Blogger:
This is a clear indication that ISIS needs to be fought from within! The Ideology of ISIS is the most dangerous thing, and I do understand that the FBI and other intelligence community services are doing their best to stop the penetration of ISIS agendas into the mind of young people, but how on earth are they going to fight an entire Ideology? An Ideology that is believed to be the most sacred thing?! …..It involves Quran, Haddith, Shari’a Law, and many other aspects of Islamic theology! In my opinion, unless there are well trained people from within the same culture and having the same understanding to ISIS techniques, and capable to refute them ideologically, there will be no end to ISIS!