A young man from Ohio named Christopher Lee Cornell made headlines recently after he was arrested on weapons charges. While being held in custody at a jail in Kentucky, he managed to phone a local TV station from his cell and gave an interview to a news reporter.
Mr. Cornell’s lawyer attempted to prevent the station from broadcasting the interview, and with good reason — if the audio tape is ever admitted into evidence during his trial, the defense will have no case to present. He admits that he is a Muslim convert who joined ISIS, that he planned to kill the president and members of Congress, and that his intended actions were justified under Islamic law.
For the judge to forbid the publication of the interview would have been very unusual. Such an action is known as “prior restraint”, and it’s almost unheard of for a court to issue that kind of order. The judge in this case ruled against the defendant, and the interview aired last week.
Mr. Cornell’s actions not only ran counter to his own interests, but also to those of President Obama, the Justice Department, the FBI, and all other federal agencies that are in full compliance with the directives of the Muslim Brotherhood. This young kinetic activist has managed to damage the painstakingly assembled message put out by the recent White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism. After the president assured the world that violent extremism has nothing to do with Islam, up pops this young extremist who would like to be very violent, and is also very Islamic. Didn’t he get the message?
Perhaps Mr. Obama, with the help of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, could record a series of educational audios that the young miscreant can play in his prison cell. These three experts could teach him the true meaning of Islam, as opposed to the ersatz brand pushed on him by the self-styled imams who “radicalized” him online. After all, what do those extremists know about the real Islam?
The following video shows a TV news report that includes the interview with Christopher Lee Cornell:
Below are excerpts from a CBS News report on the same topic:
Ohio Terrorism Suspect Says He Would Have Shot President Obama
CINCINNATI — A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol called a television station from jail and said if he hadn’t been arrested he would have gone to Washington and shot President Barack Obama in the head.
WXIX-TV in Cincinnati said Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, called the station from the Kentucky jail where he’s being held, confessed to being a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and said he planned to kill government officials in retaliation for U.S. strikes on the militant organization.
The station aired part of the interview Friday night, hours after Cornell’s attorney argued unsuccessfully in court that it could violate the defendant’s right to a fair trial.
Cornell, asked by the interviewer what he would have done had he not been arrested in January, said he would have taken one of his guns, “I would have put it to Obama’s head, I would have pulled the trigger, then I would unleash more bullets on the Senate and House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli embassy and various other buildings.”
Cornell, who repeatedly identified himself as Muslim, said he wanted to carry out the attack because of “the continued American aggression against our people and the fact that America, specifically President Obama, wants to wage war against Islamic State.”
He said: “They might say I’m a terrorist, but you know we see American troops as terrorists as well, coming to our land, stealing our resources and killing our people, raping our women.”
Cornell, 20, grew up in the Cincinnati suburbs and still lived with his parents. He said support for ISIS in the U.S. is widespread.
“We’re here in Ohio. We’re in every state,” he said. “We’re more organized than you think.”
At times what seemed like a nervous chuckle punctuated his responses. He said he would do whatever ISIS asked of him, including beheading Americans, and predicted “there will be many, many attacks.”
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.