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The Case Of Alex Ciccolo: How The FBI Uses Sting Operations06:50
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In this courtroom sketch, Alexander Ciccolo, second from right, is depicted with his attorney David Hoose, right, during a bail hearing in 2015. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)
In this courtroom sketch, Alexander Ciccolo, second from right, is depicted with his attorney David Hoose, right, during a bail hearing in 2015. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)
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Alex Ciccolo, of Adams, Massachusetts, is charged with attempting to commit domestic terrorism.

Ciccolo's father, a Boston police captain, tipped off federal officials his son was becoming "obsessed" with ISIS. That led to an FBI sting, where Ciccolo described to a government informant his plans to set off explosives at an unnamed university.

Ciccolo was provided with encouragement and weapons by the FBI. The Intercept keeps a database of people arrested as a result of FBI stings, like Ciccolo. We talk about what those other cases are and what it means.

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Trevor Aaronson, contributing writer for The Intercept and the executive director of Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He tweets @trevoraaronson.

This segment aired on July 7, 2017.

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