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ON ADAMS, TERRORISM, AND WALMART COOKERS: WE SHUDDER IN OUR BOOTS

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By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015) — Let’s see. If THE PLANET had sympathies for the Islamic State, and if we wanted to begin a terrorist cell, there are two things we wouldn’t do:

  • We wouldn’t take our ordinary sounding American name and change it to Ali Al Amriki.
  • We wouldn’t camp in Adams, Mass., where a night on the town takes under three minutes.
Let’s Call a Guppy a Whale and Pretend We’re the Greatest Fishermen of All Time

The discovery of an alleged terrorist — a 20-something of the Beavis and Butthead class — in quaint Adams brings the joy of 21st century living closer to home. Pittsfield has its drugs, violence, gangs, and murders as part its downtown Renaissance. Adams, apparently, has terrorism’s F-Trooer — from all indications not an A-lister but a wannabe. Allegedly.

Later, we’ll list the long, grey mile of local, state, and federal agencies it took to pounce on this walking pressure cooker to make him look like the Second Coming of Osama Bada Bin(g), but just remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, and the countless trillions we’ve spent fighting “terrorism” must be justified anyway it can.

Even in Adams.

After the arrest, the blow-dried TV eye-candy came to interview town residents, many of whom looked like rejects from the long-running hit from North Street in Pittsfield, Zombies R Us. These morons gushed “thanks for keeping us ‘safe'” to Law Enforcement for the over-the-top, uber-militarized operation.

Fact Check: Despite the 13 agencies involved, they caught the kid only because his father, a captain in the Boston Police Department, dropped a dime on his own spawn. Not even the feds, staties, and locals could botch that one.

A Discriminating Sort

Figures. If Pittsfield or Adams gets a terrorist, this is what you’d expect. Not a big leaguer or even Single A. This guy couldn’t even make the Pittsfield Suns. According to reports, the suspect, Alexander Ciccolo appears to be not a “has been.” More like a “never was.” He apparently is a discriminating sort, though. He bought his pressure cooker from the North Adams Walmart.

How serious a threat was this man? Consider the alleged “facts” as officials have released them:

  • He becomes obsessed with Islam then goes on Facebook, blabbing about his desire to become a martyr for the cause. Like Big Brother isn’t monitoring every keystroke.
  • In October 2014, he posts photos of himself “in training,” “strengthening myself.”
  • A few days later, he visits a FB page depicting a dead U.S. soldier and posts, “Now we don’t have to deal with these kafir back in America.” Kafir is a person who doesn’t like Starbucks coffee.
  • He’s so bright he falls for it when the FBI arranges for a plant to meet him on June 24 in — ta da! — Pittsfield! You knew Pittsfield had to be involved. No word on where the meeting took place, although it did not take place between The Christian Center and Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Too dangerous.
  • During the meeting, the FBI plant (a geranium?) asks the suspect to speak into a salt shaker. This  doesn’t arouse suspicion. Officials say Ciccolo offers up a word salad of travel plans and dreamy attacks on students, cops, and soldiers. On tape, he tells of wanting to “attack two bars.” Lach’s Lounge, The Crossroads, Cim’s, East Side Cafe, The Madison, Home Plate, or Remo’s are not mentioned. We think.
  • During the meeting, Ciccolo allegedly produces a list of guns and weapons he wants: Ak-47s, sniper rifles, squirt guns, and blasting gelatin. The FBI stooge directs him to  Linden and Dewey for the guns and Harry’s Supermarket for the orange Jell-O, to be specific. No whipped cream.
  • At the Pittsfield meeting, the suspect reportedly draws a map of the “states” he wants to attack. He draws a map of Pittsfield, Florida (Mass.), and Otis. The suspect wasn’t too good with geography. (ED NOTE: We’ve just been told the public schools don’t teach geography to its young scholars).
  • There are two more Pittsfield meetings. The suspect allegedly boasts about the bombs he will make. He comes off like the kid in the locker room boasting of his bedroom conquests. You know the type. Instead of carrying picture of his girlfriend in the wallet, he carries a picture of his right hand.
  • On July 3, authorities allege, Ciccolo buys a pressure cooker. At Walmart (because it’s not a Target, get it?) The suspect becomes lost in Walmart. Asks the yellow smiley faces for the way out. Allegedly.
  • He sees a “CAUTION! WET FLOOR!” sign. He thinks it is in the declarative voice, with the subject “you” understood and “wet” the verb. He takes a leak on the tile.
It Took All These Guys to Catch Him??

Yes, this is the “mastermind” who baffled security officials. It took the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force plus …

— the Federal Bureau of Investigation;

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;

— Springfield Police Department;

Ludlow Police Department;

Holyoke Police Department;

West Springfield Police Department;

Easthampton Police Department;

Pittsfield Police Department (is the acting chief back from his vacation yet?);

— Massachusetts State Police;

— Homeland Security Investigations,

Adams Police Department,

— and Massachusetts State Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team.

That’s a lot of Barney Fife getting to ride with Andy to Mt. Pilot.

——– 000 ——–

Adams Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said, “We’re grateful we have law enforcement at all levels — federal and local police — that work to keep us safe everyday.”

Yes, he actually said that.

Forgive THE PLANET, but we have to go now — to Walmart, to buy a pressure cooker.

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“I come, I come! Prepare your roseate bow’rs, / Celestial palms, and ever-blooming flow’rs.”Alexander Pope, Elosia to Abelard, lines 317-8, (1700).

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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dusty
dusty
7 years ago

The thugs and gangs in Pittsfield are far more of a threat to our lives than this sad character ever could be. We are allowed to know his name but not those of the real terrorists who walk among us.

Watch out for stray bullets people!

and speaking of Wal Mart is it true or just cheap talk that they will be selling flak jackets soon with special discounts for Pittsfield residents ?

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
7 years ago

What is still odd is the suppression of the local shooting with any facts, Both incidents on the same day and the Pittsfield shooting still evading the transparency promised from the administration. On a campaign note however I would agree with your decision to limit Mr.Gaetani’s posts. There’s a site out there called campaignpartners.com he might want to check out or other candidates.

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
7 years ago

Ron
Odder yet, is the Pittsfield Populace that just remains indifferent to the Gestapo tactics coming from City Hall. What other City or Town would allow this? Think about it.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
7 years ago

It could very well be something as simple as protecting the image of the city. You got a bunch of business folk here that would rather the story of five people being shot in one day goes away and stays away. And they have significant clout with the mayor, who has significant clout with the local press.

We may have heard the last of it if Bianchi has his way.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
7 years ago

This nut may have been a bench warmer but even they get in the game for an out or two and when they do, they occasionally make a play that makes the difference.3 minutes to take the tour of the town? Heck the traffic lights makes it 4. One good thing is he didn’t try this in Pittsfield under a Mayor Tyer administration. Her crime initiative she offered up would have had the landlord in cuffs right along with him.

Mr. X
Mr. X
7 years ago

DV…what’s with the mockery of getting this nutjob out of society and pressure cookers?

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  Mr. X
7 years ago

Dan is right. He is a very low key nut that was setup and fed into. Then they used a Massive Force to bring the mosquito down. Now it’s a Huge Terrorist Story.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  spagirl
7 years ago

Dan is always right. He would have made the same mockery of Adam Lanza had someone had the foresight to nip him. Until that December day in 2012 he was also just another kook.

Demetrius T. Gladiator
Demetrius T. Gladiator
Reply to  Thomas More
7 years ago

You at least got the first sentence right Tom. Dan IS always right.

When it comes to stuff like this. I mean come on the guy’s pop turned him in and it take 158 agencies to “coordinate”…?!

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  Demetrius T. Gladiator
7 years ago

Exactly Demetrius

Dave Martindale
Dave Martindale
7 years ago

Looks like the “War on Terror” will become big business just like the “War on Drugs” where the LEOs make big money “protecting us”.

12 agencies? Come on.

I don’t want to down play the necessity for law enforcement and the risk of dealing with potential explosives, but come on, twelve or thirteen agencies, probably hundreds involved and thousands of tax dollars spent?

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Dave Martindale
7 years ago

Not only that but where do you think he got the guns? FBI. Read the whole story. And one lesson from this is that if you even suggest anything terrorist like the FBI may come knocking on your door offering to sell you weapons to carry out your plot.

I guess it is good police work

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Dave Martindale
7 years ago

Yes, and how many lives have been spared, because he would have carried out the act.

I think the people of Boston would gladly have spent that amount of money and the involvement of all these agencies if it would have prevented the Boston bombing.

Pat
Pat
7 years ago

Dan, great article and I was laughing in places although this really isn’t funny. Not wanting to meet in the Christian Center neighborhood because it is too dangerous even for potential terrorists is a great observation.

Nota
Nota
7 years ago

Good one AGAIN Planet! ANd with all that after Lawyers, Policing, Psychiatrist, incarceration this troubled Geek will cost the taxpayer about a couple of million or more.

FJlowry
FJlowry
7 years ago

Just wondering if this happened in Stockbridge would Dan say the same thing?

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  FJlowry
7 years ago

Yes he would. It’s all about the Power Heads in the little bitty towns.

Chuck vincelette
Chuck vincelette
7 years ago

I’m delighted this man was caught before he could do real damage to real people. I must admit I’m surprised at your “spin” on this arrest.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Chuck vincelette
7 years ago

Yes so am I. This guy was ready and willing to kill innocent people. If this guy had stayed under the radar he would have done some real damage. Doesn’t look like the Adams and North Adams PD’s took him serious when they arrested him multiple times when he was drunk yelling Allahu Akbar.

SOL
SOL
Reply to  Chuck vincelette
7 years ago

Chuck, I agree. It was only a matter of time before he hurt alot of innocent people. The authorities did a nice job on this one.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Chuck vincelette
7 years ago

Chuck please consider running for Ward 4. I know it is a thank less job and you have already sacrificed enough filling that position. Pittsfield needs you as does ward 4, please think about throughing your hat in the ring.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Chuck vincelette
7 years ago

I have to agree Chuck that I too am happy that the authorities have captured him and will give him the help he needs to become a more productive member of society. However I also have to agree with Dan. Thirteen different departments is overkill. What would the right number of agencies be? 1, 5, 7, 11? Dan didn’t tell us. You also have to agree that the folks up there in Adams look like Pittsfield rejects. Isn’t that why you got out? the class of ’66 had its dreams. NASC that is.

urinetown
urinetown
Reply to  Chuck vincelette
7 years ago

pwned by the man from Mensa yo Lol

Spider
Spider
7 years ago

Yesterday, Mr. X posted that the DA’s office paid for the burial of the shooting victim. Is this par for the course? If so, how many others and under what circumstances? And what fund pays for all of this? Is this the responsibility of the DA’s office?

And would the poor homeless man on the street be afforded the same benefit?

I don’t like this!!!!

Johnny2shoes
Johnny2shoes
Reply to  Spider
7 years ago

Spider, I wonder since all $$ comes from taxpayers one way or another, would there be a public record of these transactions?

Sp.ider
Sp.ider
Reply to  Johnny2shoes
7 years ago

Good question, Johnny…..perhaps one of our elected officials or even someone in the DA’s office can enlighten us. You’re right, it’s all taxpayers dollars, but what particular fund is it coming from.

Will we be paying for other gang members who are murdered? Let’s see just how much transparency we get on this one!

FJlowry
FJlowry
Reply to  Johnny2shoes
7 years ago

[REDACTED] The writer is warned to advance the discussion rather than simply take pot shots or be prohibited from posting. Remember, posting is a privilege granted. Is it not a right.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  FJlowry
7 years ago

Now that the restaurant and apartment buildings over in NY State have been sold, I and family are trying to enjoy. I’m wondering if we made a mistake keeping the one still going since 64 going though. Thanks for your advice.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Spider
7 years ago

Good point. But I think if you are homeless and without family you go to medical science. Or that place in Georgia where they put bodies to see how long it takes them to decompose.

the city might even get a few bucks for ya. Not sure if it is a line item or not.

Barry?

FJlowry
FJlowry
Reply to  Spider
7 years ago

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Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
7 years ago

I am disgusted that you underestimate the danger this individual posed. You may want to research this topic and you will find there is a link between mental illness and individuals that become radicalized and ultimately cause harm. This person could have been as nutty as a squirrel turd but obviously he had a plan and was making moves to implement the plan and ultimately would have hurt someone.

Just a quick read visit, http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20141222-about-40-percent-of-lonewolf-terrorists-are-driven-by-mental-illness-not-ideology-researchers .

Oh my god folks get a grip, this person was a threat.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 years ago

I believe it’s great he was arrested, but did it really take that many agencies to do the job? That was the main point of Dan V.

Mr. X
Mr. X
7 years ago

FJlow…my statement is true…I don’t deal in bs…and I know many people who are not happy about

john zelazo
john zelazo
7 years ago

Still, the guy was coming up with some pretty big dreams that could have morphed into lesser dream… such a the bombing of the the Hi Jinks night in Adams in August. That would have been a substantial attack on a notable and targetable segment of the United States civilian population. Thanks to his father, a man who clearly knew enough to help his son and how.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
7 years ago

And if you don’t think these people like the one in Adams are dangerous and don’t have a connection to ISIS guess again

http://breaking911.com/isis-tweeted-this-out-15-minutes-before-chattanooga-shooting/