This is How the F.B.I. Creates Fake Terror Plots
It is no secret that many of the F.B.I.’s thwarted terror plots are believed to be creations of their own making. Meaning, these weren’t plots that the F.B.I. infiltrated and thwarted, they were plots created by the F.B.I., which then busted people who joined or showed some interest. To put it plainly, the F.B.I. manufactures a terror plot, goes out and recruits people, then busts those people.
In 2011, writer Glenn Greenwald detailed cases where the F.B.I. recruited and groomed men for terrorism, then later arrested them:
Last year, the FBI subjected 19-year-old Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud tomonths of encouragement, support and money and convinced him to detonate a bomb at a crowded Christmas event in Portland, Oregon, only to arrest him at the last moment and then issue a Press Release boasting of its success. In late 2009, the FBI persuaded and enabled Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year old Jordanian citizen, to place a fake bomb at a Dallas skyscraper and separately convinced Farooque Ahmed, a 34-year-old naturalized American citizen born in Pakistan, to bomb the Washington Metro. And now, the FBI has yet again saved us all from its own Terrorist plot by arresting 26-year-old American citizen Rezwan Ferdausafter having spent months providing him with the plans and materials to attack the Pentagon, American troops in Iraq, and possibly the Capitol Building using “remote-controlled” model airplanes carrying explosives.
Now, there is a book by journalist Trevor Aaronson which digs into how the F.B.I. creates fake terror plots. In an excerpt up at Mother Jones, Aaronson details how the F.B.I. set up a young man named Nafis, who did not have the capability to create a terror attack. It also details how many men have been caught in the F.B.I.’s web:
Nafis is one of more than 150 men since 9/11 who have been caught in FBI terrorism stings, some of whom have received 25 years or more in prison. In these cases, the FBI uses one of its more than 15,000 registered informants—many of them criminals, others trying to stay in the country following immigration violations—to identify potential terrorists. It then provides the means necessary for these would-be terrorists to move forward with a plot—in some cases even planting specific ideas for attacks.
It seems that instead of protecting us against real terror plots, the F.B.I. is using faking terror plots to stoke fear, and keep the tax dollars flowing to its organization. But given this information, shouldn’t we be outraged at how this law enforcement organization has apparently gone rogue?
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