“Lone wolf” militants pose a bigger risk to the United States than a large-scale operation, President Barack Obama and USA authorities have said.
Hoose also drew a distinction between the portrayal of Ciccolo as a terrorist, and the actual charges he faces – possessing firearms as a felon, based on a past arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested on July 4 for the unlawful receipt of multiple guns, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release. The person also told the Federal Bureau of Investigation he had received texts from Ciccolo in which he said America was “Satan” and Americans were disgusting.
The judge said even though Ciccolo is charged only with an illegal-weapons count now she has to consider the nature and circumstances of his arrest. Asked if ISIS was a good thing, Ciccolo replied in the video, “Yes”. The DOJ states that Ciccolo had told the cooperating witness previously that he believed such a mixture would “stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out”.
“We win or we die”, Ciccolo is accused of saying. The FBI said the younger Ciccolo was “inspired” by that bombing and the use of pressure cooker bombs, as well.
The video interview was played in court Tuesday as his lawyer defended him.
According to court documents, Alexander Ciccolo has a long history of mental illness and had become obsessed with Islam in the past 18 months. He said the vast majority of these ‘lone wolves, ‘ as they’re known, don’t necessarily have a psychiatric illness but do feel isolated or mad at society. Agents allegedly found he had several half-made Molotov cocktails made from shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil.
Ciccolo is scheduled to have a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon in the city of Springfield. Awesome. Awesome, you that ah, that brother in Tunisia was impressive, Ciccolo allegedly said.
Ciccolo called the victims of Islamic State terrorists “criminals, the lowest of the low”.
Ciccolo was arrested on July 4 as he was carrying firearms from his meeting with the witness towards his apartment, according to the affidavit, which said he had a knife with a five-inch blade and a receipt from the pressure cooker in his wallet.
The day before his arrest, agents watched Ciccolo at Wal-Mart buying a pressure cooker similar to those used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the agency said.
Ciccolo told the witness that he would need firearms and pressure cooker bombs and that he would target dorms and the cafeteria, executing students and showing the carnage live on the Internet.
After he was taken to the Franklin County House of Corrections, Ciccolo is accused of stabbing a nurse in the head with a pen.
Prosecutors say Ciccolo is unsafe and a risk to flee, if released.