Terreurplot verijdeld!

In de VS.

Maar Glenn Greenwald heeft zo zijn twijfels:

The Justice Department on Wednesday issued a press release trumpeting its latest success in disrupting a domestic terrorism plot, announcing that “the Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested a Cincinnati-area man for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials.” The alleged would-be terrorist is 20-year-old Christopher Cornell […], who is unemployed, lives at home, spends most of his time playing video games in his bedroom, still addresses his mother as “Mommy” and regards his cat as his best friend;

En verder:

The known facts from this latest case seem to fit well within a now-familiar FBI pattern whereby the agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots.

First, they target a Muslim: not due to any evidence of intent or capability to engage in terrorism, but rather for the “radical” political views he expresses. In most cases, the Muslim targeted by the FBI is a very young (late teens, early 20s), adrift, unemployed loner who has shown no signs of mastering basic life functions, let alone carrying out a serious terror attack, and has no known involvement with actual terrorist groups.

They then find another Muslim who is highly motivated to help disrupt a “terror plot”: either because they’re being paid substantial sums of money by the FBI or because (as appears to be the case here) they are charged with some unrelated crime and are desperate to please the FBI in exchange for leniency (or both). The FBI then gives the informant a detailed attack plan, and sometimes even the money and other instruments to carry it out, and the informant then shares all of that with the target. Typically, the informant also induces, lures, cajoles, and persuades the target to agree to carry out the FBI-designed plot. In some instances where the target refuses to go along, they have their informant offer huge cash inducements to the impoverished target.

Once they finally get the target to agree, the FBI swoops in at the last minute, arrests the target, issues a press release praising themselves for disrupting a dangerous attack (which it conceived of, funded, and recruited the operatives for), and the DOJ and federal judges send their target to prison for years or even decades (where they are kept in special GITMO-like units).

h/t Hans Verbeek

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    Dat grapje dat lolbroeken altijd uithalen aan de waterkant: iemand laten schrikken door te doen alsof je hem in het water gaat duwen, maar het dan (uiteraard) niet doen en vervolgens (al dan niet zelfgenoegzaam) zeggen: ‘ik heb je leven gered!’ …

    Dat doet de FBI met de VS, iedere keer, al jarenlang.

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    De meeste mensen horen of lezen alleen de headlines. Alweer een terreuraanslag verijdeld en verdachte gearresteerd… en dat 20 keer per jaar.
    Dan zal er toch wel een kern van waarheid inzitten… toch.

    @1 In Europa werkt het op dezelfde manier: “jihadist gedood in Syrië”, “Islamisten gevlucht naar Turkije”, “huiszoekingen in Duitsland”, “arrestaties in Griekenland”, “banden met Al Qaeda”, “terreurcel opgerold”.

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    ja of zijn de …..stippellijn zelf invullen… nog wel veilig? dan zal er wel een kern van waarheid in zitten. Want wij zijn van de mensen die precies weten wat er moet gebeuren, daarom doen wij dat vooral niet.

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