He was “obsessed” with Islam, but according to the mainstream analysis, he got it terribly, terribly wrong. And of course we are also being told that he “had a long history of mental illness.” That was the favored explanation of the French government for jihad attacks several months ago, raising the ever-unanswered question of why so many Muslims, not just in France but now in Boston and elsewhere, become mentally ill in exactly the same way, and misunderstand Islam in exactly the same way.
ADAMS — An Adams man who was arrested earlier this month had just purchased weapons to conduct a terrorist attack on a college campus in support of ISIL, according to court documents.
Alexander Ciccolo, 23, had planned to use firearms and a pressure-cooker bomb at a college and execute students live on the Internet sometime before the end of this month. The campus was not named, but was believed to be out of state.
A detention hearing is set for today in U.S. District Court in Springfield for Ciccolo, who also uses the name “Ali Al Amriki.” He was arrested in Adams on July 4 after he allegedly ordered and received weapons and purchased a pressure cooker with the intent of constructing a bomb
While in custody, Ciccolo stabbed a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine medical screening.
Ciccolo allegedly had no fear of death if he were to have carried out his plan, expressing at one point, “We win, or we die,” according to court files.
Ciccolo, who is the son of a Boston police captain, came to the attention of federal investigators last fall when they learned he had expressed interest in going overseas and fighting alongside the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
A “close acquaintance” told investigators Ciccolo had a long history of mental illness and in the 18 months prior to fall 2014 had become “obsessed” with Islam.
According to The Associated Press, it was Ciccolo’s father, Robert, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, who first alerted authorities about his son last fall.
The AP cited anonymous law-enforcement officials close to the investigation.
Ciccolo, who is being represented by Northampton attorney David Hoose, also allegedly made statements that, “The faith was under attack,” and he was not, “afraid to die for the cause.”
Last October, the FBI found a Facebook profile under the name Ali Al Amriki that expressed the user was living in the United States and was interested in martyring himself for the sake of Islam.
An Oct. 18, 2014, entry on the page shows a photo of a man in a head covering in the woods holding a machete and captioned, “Another day in the forest strengthening myself.”
An Oct. 27 entry on the page reportedly showed a photo of a dead U.S. soldier with a statement thanking the Islamic State and adding, “Now we don’t have to deal with these kafir back in America.”
“Kafir” refers to those who do not believe in Islam, according to court files….