FBI Thwarts Bomb Attack on US Capital


20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell converted to the Muslim religion and became known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. He began to grow his hair and beard, and regularly attended a mosque in South Fairmount, Ohio. His father says Cornell received peace from practicing the religion, although he was mocked and discriminated against by others.

Over a period of approximately six months, Cornell posted numerous disturbing messages on Twitter and Facebook:

“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”

“We already got a thumbs up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others.”

Awlaki was an Islamic militant who held great power. He had connections with the terrorists who were involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. He was killed in 2011 during an American drone strike in Yemen.

FBI agents monitored his activities over the past six months. They also had an informant who regularly spoke to Cornell and reported back to the FBI in hopes of leniency toward his own criminal charges.

Cornell purchased two M-15 rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition on Wednesday morning from Point Blank Range & Gun Shop at the Colerain Township Location. The owner, Tom Willingham, had already been briefed by law enforcement and was aware of who Cornell was. Willingham said, “Nobody knew enough to be scared. We knew everyone was in place.”

After leaving the store, Cornell was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He has been charged with attempted killing of US government officers and possession of firearms in furtherance of an attempted crime of violence. He is being held without bail at the Butler County Jail.