Green Township, Ohio – A 20 year old man was arrested near Cincinnati, Ohio for allegedly trying to start an ISIS cell in the area. Christopher Lee Cornell is accused of plotting to attack the US Capitol in Washington DC, and for trying to recruit others to help him do it. Luckily for the US Government, Cornell was attempting to solicit the assistance of an undercover government agent. The sad reality here is that there are probably others like him that are more successful, and who have actually recruited other willing participants to plan other attacks around the country.
20 Year Old Christopher Lee Cornell Arrested In Ohio For Plan To Start ISIS Cell
Undercover agents followed Cornell when he went to finalize the purchase of 2 semi-automatic rifles, and a case worth of ammunition. This was Cornell’s first purchase towards fulfilling his plan to launch an attack on the Capitol. He has allegedly told the undercover agent he was unknowingly working with that he was going to build some bombs to kill people during the attack.
It was ultimately a cautious citizen who tipped off the government to Cornell’s unusual behavior. He had taken to Twitter to post comments in support of the Islamic State, and had willingly started referring to himself by an Islamic name. This type of behavior was a textbook case of a sympathizer.
Government agents set out to meet with Cornell and have him divulge the details of his plan, all the while building up his trust that they were going to help him carry it out. Even though Cornell had no real connection to ISIS, and had received no aid or training from them, he was determined to create a clandestine group that would carry out this deadly attack in the name of ISIS.
20 Year Old Christopher Lee Cornell Arrested In Ohio For Plan To Start ISIS Cell.