Many people believe the war on terror since 9/11 is warranted to protect the citizens from the evil Jihadists. It may well be if they were actually protecting the citizens and not just adding more and more surveillance on the citizens. We all know that the events on 9/11 have not been put to rest and the commission report is dubious at best. There are many whispers of recent terror related events being false flag attacks. False flag attacks do happen and they have been proven throughout history. One example according to global research is the CIA admitting that it hired Iranians in the 1950’s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically elected Prime Minister. There are another 52 that have been proven.
This is in line with a report from Human Rights Watch from July 2014 on Human Rights abuses in US terrorism prosecutions. The FBI has been using informants and ‘sting operations’ to set up individuals into acting out terror related activities and capture them through ‘entrapment’. The informants are usually criminals looking for a lesser sentence or actual FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaeda or other terror groups. This is done in many ways with one way being the use of mentally disturbed very poor young individuals. Trevor Aaronson, who is an investigative journalist specialising in government entrapment cases said in his Ted talk “The FBI is responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than any other organisation. More than al-Qaeda, more than al-shabaab, more than the Islamic state”.
Naureen Shah-former Associate Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia School of Law-said “These are not individuals who were ever planning on their own to actually conduct terror activities. They were individuals who were vulnerable to being recruited. They’re young men, 18 years old, people with mental illness, schizophrenia. They’re people who are susceptible because they want money & they can be bribed”.
According to the Guardian ‘In one such incident, the initial basis for a material-support case alleging a man provided “military gear” to al-Qaida turned out to be waterproof socks in his luggage. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pre trial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots’.
One former FBI paid informant whose job was to infiltrate mosques told the Guardian that “it’s all about entrapment”
Andrea Prasow, deputy Director, Human Rights Watch said “Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US. But take a closer look and you realise that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts”.
One interesting case is that of James Cromitie who met his Pakistani informant in a mosque parking lot. The informant had ties to Jaish-e-Mohammed who Cromitie had never heard of. According to the New York Times his lawyer said “he was searching for answers within his Islamic faith”.
Cromitie was a low level drug dealer with no record of violence or hate crimes. It was obvious he did not want to commit an act of terrorism. It took the FBI paid Pakistani informant 11 months of back and forth discussion and a promise to Cromitie of $250,000 to plant bombs (fake) at a synagogue. The judge in his case who sentenced him to 25 years jail said “Only the government could have made a ‘terrorist’ out of Mr. Cromitie, whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in its scope”, and she called it “a fantasy terror operation”.
James Cromitie’s Pakistani informant was charged with fraud but avoided prison and deportation because he was used by the FBI for another investigation.
It seems that these ‘sting operations’ (entrapment) aren’t effective in stopping terror but is most effective in alienating the very people they ask for help to tackle the problem, America’s Islamic community. The method used is similar to torture or ‘enhanced interrogation’ where the person that is being tortured will say or do anything just to stop being tortured. In actual fact with all the government control of late I am fast becoming more scared of my own government than terrorists.
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