USA v. Ciccolo, Alexander
Adams, MA

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

[DMA] Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Mass., was arrested on gun charges after buying two rifles from an undercover FBI informant. A search of Ciccolo's apartment revealed possible bomb-making materials including a pressure cooker, chemicals, an alarm clock, as well as jihadi written materials. According to the affidavit, Ciccolo planned to travel to another state and use a pressure cook bomb "to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel." Ciccolo, a recent convert to Islam, also went by the name Abu Ali al-Amriki. His Facebook posts showed support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). An October 2014 post, for example, included an image of a dead American soldier with the caption, "Thank you Islamic State! Now we wont have to deal with these kafir (Islamic term for "non-believers") back in America."

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