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Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested today on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.
According to government documents, he allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions.
The FBI first noticed Cornell several months ago after an informant notified the agency that Cornell was allegedly voicing support for violent “jihad” on Twitter accounts under the alias “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,” according to charging documents. In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other content expressing support for ISIS -- the brutal terrorist group also known as ISIL -- that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.
“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything,” Cornell allegedly wrote in an online message to the informant in August, according to the FBI. “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves."
In the message, Cornell said that such attacks “already got a thumbs up” from radical cleric Anwar Awlaki “before his martyrdom.” (Continue Reading.)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Christopher Lee Cornell (aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah) Arrested for Planning Islamic Terrorist Attack on U.S. Capitol
A devout Ohio Muslim named Christopher Lee Cornell (aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah) has been arrested for planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Muslims in New York are complaining about increased surveillance in light of rising terrorist threats.