CINCINNATI- An Ohio man and reported ISIS supporter is accused of plotting an attack on government buildings in Washington D.C.
Christopher Lee Cornell, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was indicted on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government officer. He was arrested on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Justice told Fox News that Cornell was “aspirational and not operational,” and the public was never in danger.
According to court documents, Cornell posted on Twitter that he supported the Islamic terrorist group ISIL and started contacting an FBI source within the organization in August. He told the source that he was not authorized for attacks against the United States, but wanted to go forward with his plans.
“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks,” Cornell told the FBI source.
Court documents said Cornell, of Cincinnati, researched making pipes bombs, buying firearms and government buildings in the nation’s capitol. He said he considered members of Congress his enemies.
When FBI agents arrested him, he had just bought two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.