Peace Hippie Busted in ISIS Inspired Plot to Massacre American College Students
Three years ago he was a long-haired, bandana-wearing hippie walking for peace, now he’s been arrested for plotting to kill Americans for ISIS. Such is life in Obama’s America.
Alexander Ciccolo, “Ali Al Amriki” to his Muslim terrorist friends, was busted by the FBI on July 4 after buying firearms from a confidential source working for the FBI, reported WCVB-TV. Ciccolo also reportedly bought a pressure cooker to make an IED. He allegedly was going to attack a not-specified American college and massacre students. While in custody Ciccolo allegedly stabbed a nurse in the head with a pen.
In recent arrests of other suspected ISIS terrorists in the U.S., the suspects have attempted to stab arresting law enforcement officers while being detained.
ABC News reported Ciccolo’s father is a captain in the Boston Police.
WCVB posted the FBI’s court ‘memorandum in support of its motion to detain’ Ciccolo which details the circumstances surrounding his arrest.
“4. Ciccolo’s Support of ISIL and His Domestic Terrorism Plans
“In the Fall of 2014, the FBI became aware that the defendant had expressed a desire to go overseas to fight for ISIL, a foreign terrorist organization. According to a close acquaintance, the defendant had a long history of mental illness and in the last 18 months had become obsessed with Islam. The acquaintance also said that the defendant had recently stated that he believed that the “faith is under attack” and that he is “not afraid to die for the cause.” The acquaintance advised that the acquaintance had received text messages from the defendant indicating that America is “Satan” and characterizing Americans as disgusting.
“On October 17, 2014, the FBI discovered a Facebook profile, under the name “Ali Al Amriki,” that contained information indicating the user was interested in martyrdom for the sake of Islam and was living in the United States. Subsequent investigation identified the defendant as Ali Al Amriki. On October 18, 2014, the Ali Al Amriki’s Facebook page included a photograph of an individual in a wooded area wearing a head covering and holding a black machete and accompanied by the statement, “Another day in the forest strengthening myself.” On October 27, 2014, Ali Al Amriki’s Facebook page posted an image that appeared to be a dead American soldier that included the following statement by Ali Al Amriki, “Thank you Islamic State! Now we won’t have to deal with these kafir back in America.” “Kafir” means “non-believers” of Islam. Information posted on the Facebook page also showed that Ali Al Amriki had the desire to fight for ISIS (also known as ISIL).
“The FBI arranged for a cooperating witness (“CW-1”) to meet the defendant, who told CW-1 that he had a plan to engage in violence in support of ISIL. On June 24, 2015, the defendant had an in-person meeting with CW-1 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts which was audio recorded. During this meeting, the defendant spoke about his plans to travel to another state to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel. The defendant told CW-1 that he would attack two different bars and a police station, which he described geographically. The defendant stated that he planned to use improvised explosive devices during the attack to include pressure cooker bombs and/or portable microwave bombs. The defendant stated that:
“you put umh, take a pressure cooker
* * *
:Uhm, fill it up with ah, black powder
* * *
“Yeah, you fill it up with ball bearings,
nails, glass, rocks . . . you know”
“The defendant also explained that the improvised explosive device would have a “built in
timer” and that the device “heats itself up.”
“On June 30, 2015, the defendant had a second in-person meeting with CW-1 which also was audio-recorded. During that conversation, CW-1 asked the defendant whether he had heard what happened in Tunisia. The defendant responded,
“Awesome. Awesome, you know that ah, that brother in Tunisia was impressive . . . he got like 38, 39 people … one guy … that is a huge accomplishment I think.”
“The government believes that this was a reference to the June 26, 2015 shooting attack at a beachside resort in Tunisia in which one person used firearms and grenades to kill 38 people. The gunman was killed and ISIL claimed credit for the attack. That same day additional terrorist attacks occurred in other cities in France and Kuwait, in what appeared to have been coordinated fashion. The defendant referenced the attack in France, saying something to the effect that “I think he cut off his boss’s head in uhm, somehow pinned it to the gate of his work.”
“The defendant continued to talk with CW-1 about his plan to conduct a terrorist attack in another state. The defendant wrote out a list of items that would be needed to conduct the attack including:
“• four (4) AK-47s,
“• two (2) sniper rifles,
“• four (4) handguns, and
“• gelignite (which the defendant explained was a blasting gelatin, “a variety
“The defendant drew a map of the United States and showed CW-1 where the states that he was interested in were located on the map. The defendant also stated that he wanted to conduct an attack at a State University using assault rifles and improvised explosives. The defendant told CW-1 that the attack would be concentrated in the college dorms and cafeteria and would include executions of students broadcast live via the internet.
“The defendant told CW-1 that he planned to rob a gun store to obtain firearms and travel out of state to purchase fireworks in order to obtain the black powder needed for the attacks. He also stated that he would purchase pressure cookers to use as improvised explosive devices. During the June 30, 2015 meeting the defendant also explained that he had changed his plans from targeting a police station to targeting a university because there were many more people at the university. The defendant said that if a student was Muslim, he or she would be permitted to help, sit tight or leave. The defendant said that he knew how to use sniper rifles, and that he had grown up with guns. “I know what I’m doing,” he explained. The defendant told CW-1 that he wanted to have “tons of ammo” for the assault rifles. He also said that he wanted to do it before Ramadan was over, and no later than July 31, 2015. He said that he wanted to ensure that there were a lot of people there, like in a cafeteria at lunchtime, and that he wanted the conditions to be right where he could see it with his own eyes. The defendant said that he wanted to use pressure cookers to make an explosion and referenced the Boston Marathon bombings. Finally, the defendant said that if he ended up having to make a stand, then that was okay. He said, “We win or we die.””
“Ciccolo’s Potentially Fatal Attack on an Innocent Nurse
“After he was arrested, the defendant was taken to the Franklin County House of Correction. During the defendant’s processing into the facility he met with a nurse for routine medical screening. During his meeting with the nurse, the defendant grabbed a pen and forcefully stabbed the nurse in the head, leaving a bloody hole in the nurse’s skin and causing the pen to break in half. A photograph of the head wound caused by the defendant is attached as Exhibit B.”