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The estranged son of a respected Boston police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.
Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., was taken into custody on gun charges after buying two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI confidential informant, federal officials said. In a search of his apartment, officials reported they found it loaded with possible bomb-making equipment including a pressure cooker, a variety of chemicals, an alarm clock, along with “attack planning papers” and “jihad” paperwork. FBI agents said he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki and neighbors said he was a recent convert to Islam.
The idea was to target a college campus and broadcast the bombing on the Internet. Clearly, Ciccolo/al-Amriki is such a recent convert that he didn’t get the memo: “Islam” means “peace.”
But wait, there’s more:
Ciccolo’s father is Boston police Captain Robert Ciccolo, a veteran commander assigned to Operations at Boston Police headquarters who was one of those to respond to the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. According to the FBI, the younger Ciccolo said he was “inspired” by the Marathon bombing and the use of pressure cooker bombs, and told the FBI undercover operative, “Allahu Akbar!!! I got the pressure cooker today.”
Talk about daddy issues.
Let’s just be glad that this would-be terrorist — who just so happens to be a radical Muslim, not that it matters — was stopped before he could kill anybody. And, more importantly, before he could embarrass any liberals.
(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey)