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Alexander Ciccolo: He definitely had mental problems.  But the FBI didn't care — he showed interest in Islam and that was enough to entrap him in another FBI-inspired "terrorist plot."
Alexander Ciccolo: He definitely had mental problems.  But the FBI didn't care — he showed interest in Islam and that
was enough to entrap him in another FBI-inspired "terrorist plot." Instead of simply finding a psychiatrist for the man.

By Dan Froomkin
U.S. law enforcement officials announced another terror arrest on Monday, after arming a mentally ill man and then charging him with having guns.

ABC News quoted a “senior federal official briefed on the arrest” as saying: “This is a very bad person arrested before he could do very bad things.”

But in a sting reminiscent of so many others conducted by the FBI since 9/11, Alexander Ciccolo, 23, “aka Ali Al Amriki,” was apparently a mentally ill man who was doing nothing more than ranting about violent jihad and talking (admittedly in frightening ways) about launching attacks—until he met an FBI informant. At that point, he started making shopping lists for weapons.

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