On January 14, 2015, a variety of news organizations trumpeted the latest "victory" in the war on terror. "Ohio Man Arrested for Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol, FBI Says" proclaimed one headline," typical of what was being reported by U.S. news organizations.
Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati, OH allegedly planned to set off bombs at the U.S. Capitol building and then open fire on officials as they fled the scene in panic. The essence of Cornell's "plot" was formulated with a recent acquaintance, who also just happens to be an FBI informant. Cornell's arrest followed his lawful purchase of firearms allegedly intended to be used in the plot.
Christopher Cornell, 20 going on 16 by his father's account, is the latest victim of the FBI's campaign to create and arrest terror suspects
Cornell's father, John Cornell, Sr., immediately accused the FBI of setting up his son, who he called a "mommy's boy." He further explained that there was no way his son could have thought up a terror plot on his own.
"He told me he had went to a mosque and now I know, in hindsight I know, he was meeting with an FBI agent," the senior Cornell told ABC News. "And they were taking him somewhere, and they were filling his head with a lot of this garbage."
John Cornell, Sr. immediately labelled the case against his son as government created entrapment
News organizations reporting the story were loath to admit the exact status of Cornell's handler. CNN came close by reporting that he was "a man in trouble with the law who worked with the agency to improve his legal standing."
The senior Cornell was much less guarded in his description of his son's instigator. He stated that his son was "coerced by an FBI snitch and never could have carried out the attack on his own." He further explained that the snitch used his son as a means to get out from under his own criminal matter.
"I think a lot of it was coercion. I think he got coerced," John Cornell, Sr. said. "No way he had the money to carry out any kind of terrorist attack."