An Ohio man's plot to wage violent jihad against members of Congress and their staff at the U.S. Capitol was a textbook case of a lone wolf terrorist inspired by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, says the Christian Science Monitor. The way federal agents stopped him was textbook, too. When Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, went to a gun range near Cincinnati, his plan was to buy two M-15 semi-automatic assault rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition. He planned to set off pipe bombs at the Capitol, and shoot people fleeing the building.
Gun store employees had been told by FBI agents to sell him the guns and ammo. Cornell, who paid $1,900 in cash, was described by employees as shy but talkative. As soon as he walked to the parking lot, agents tackled and arrested him. Cornell became known to the FBI last summer when he began voicing support for the Islamic State in statements, videos, and other content posted to his Twitter accounts. The FBI soon enlisted an undercover informant in return for what the complaint says was “favorable treatment with respect to his criminal exposure on an unrelated case.” Cornell made vague reference to overseas contacts, but wrote, “I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”