Busted: ISIS-inspired plot to bomb, open fire on Capitol Hill

Film dramatization of DC under attack.
Film dramatization of DC under attack.

Federal law enforcement officials in Cincinnati have announced that the G-Men have busted up another lone wolf Islamic Jihadist attack, this time aimed directly to destroy not only one of the greatest symbols of our American Republic, but also to kill as many lawmakers, staffers, and other police officers as possible. As reported on Jan. 14, 2015 by CBS News, New Yorkand also by WCOP-TV of Cincinnati, Ohio, the FBI has arrested Christopher Lee Cornell, who now goes by the nom de d’Jihad Islamique of Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah on the official charges of attempting to kill a government officer and possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.

In the wake of a separate report published by CBS News, New York on Jan. 12, 2015, New York City police officials warned officers that ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has taken to social media to urge supporters world-wide to assassinate law enforcement officials and members of the Armed Forces in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and France. Possibly proving that the loose confederation of global jihadists may not take their direct marching orders from the ISIS terror network, but are firm believers of what the Marine Corps refers to as “commander’s intent,” the FBI busted Ubaydah in a plot hit Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill with homemade bombs, then open fire on as many people possible who may be attempting to escape the planned explosions.

Nabbed in an undercover sting operation, Ubaydah bragged to an undercover agent on numerous occasions that he planned on specifically killing members of Congress, as well as staffers, Capitol Hill Police and presumably tourists visiting the halls of Congress. The FBI also released that Ubaydah “had been posting statements and videos indicating support for ISIS and for violent jihad, and for violent attacks committed by others in North America and elsewhere.”

According to an informant who was working with the FBI on an unrelated case, “someone using the Ubadayah name and posting comments supporting ISIS on Twitter.” The same informant eventually started to communicate with Ubaydah on a different social media message forum. The FBI said today that, “On Aug. 29 of last year, Cornell [Ubaydah] wrote an instant message telling the informant that he had been in contact with persons overseas and did not expect to get the green light to conduct an attack, but said he wanted to do it anyway on his own.” Not done yet, the would-be attacker stated, “I believe that we should just wage jihad on our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”

According to the FBI, Ubaydah planned on lighting off homemade pipe bombs at and near the Capitol. He had already obtained an unreleased amount of weapons and ammunition to kill any and everyone running out of the Capitol Building in the ensuing panic and confusion of the explosions.