FBI Foils Horrific U.S. Terror Plot ➠ The Suspect’s Father Is The Biggest Shock Of All…
The son of a Boston police captain was taken into federal custody earlier this month as part of an operation against domestic terrorists inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
ABC News learned Monday that Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 4 on gun charges after purchasing weapons from an undercover FBI informant. Ciccolo had taken the Muslim name Abu Ali al-Amriki, and neighbors say he recently converted to Islam. In a press release, the U.S. Department of Justice gave further insight into what firearms Ciccolo was in possession of:
Ciccolo took delivery of four firearms which he had ordered from a person who was cooperating with members of the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, and who had been communicating with Ciccolo about Ciccolo’s plans to engage in a terrorist act.
Ciccolo was arrested immediately after taking delivery of the firearms, which included a Colt AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, a SigArms Model SG550-1 556 caliber rifle, a Glock 17- 9mm pistol and a Glock 20-10 mm pistol. Ciccolo had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in jail and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms.
According to an affidavit announcing Ciccolo’s arrest Monday, “Ciccolo spoke with a cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts of terrorism inspired by ISIL, including setting off improvised explosive devices, such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass, in places where large numbers of people congregate, such as college cafeterias.”
FBI agents also saw Ciccolo buy a pressure cooker similar to the one used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the affidavit said. ABC News points out Ciccolo was inspired by those bombings to carry out attacks of his own. Shockingly, he is the son of Boston police captain Robert Ciccolo, who serves in Operations at Boston Police headquarters. Capt. Ciccolo was one of the responders to the 2013 bombings.