SET’EM UP, KNOCK’EM DOWN
02:51 PM Jun 05, 2012
The FBI seems to have hit upon a winning strategy to keep the war on terror alive and well-funded. Given the paucity of real terror attacks, the FBI has developed its own cottage industry – creating terror plots, than adeptly foiling them. Presto! The FBI can point to the plots as evidence of a continuing terror threat, and it can tout their success at nabbing the bad guys before anyone gets hurt. Win Win. It works equally well against ‘self-described’ anarchists (is there any other kind?) and hapless young Muslim men. The plots unfold in the same pattern, time and time again. It behooves activists mobilizing for the Republican and Democratic National conventions to learn the pattern and devise strategies to protect each other from falling into the FBI trap, just as it behooves the Muslim community to review the scenario which has played out over and over in mosques across the country.
It's only a winning strategy if we keep falling for it!
Educate yourself and others. DDF has a copy of Better This World, a riveting documentary about Bradley Crowder, David McKay and the FBI informer who pushed them to consider violence. Please contact us (202-529-4225) about borrowing the DVD to screen for your group or community.
Anatomy of an FBI Terror Plot
Step 1: Target a community based on their religious or political beliefs: mosques, Occupy groups, animal rights, environmental and peace groups. It’s unclear if the FBI is infiltrating anti-abortion, neo-Nazi or sovereign groups, but recently exposed right-wing plots have not involved FBI informers or undercover agents.
Step 2: Find the right informer. Informer should be in some legal trouble of their own. (FBI guidelines were recently revised to allow the FBI to search through the garbage of people who are not suspected of any crime, for the purpose of allowing the FBI to find information it can use to coerce people into becoming informers.)
Step 3: Find the members on the fringe, the ones spouting the most extreme rhetoric, generally ignored by the rest of the community. These will usually be young men with troubled lives, often with psychological problems, often lonely and without steady employment.
Step 4: Befriend these losers and wannabees. Offer them a job, a meal or drugs, anything to encourage their dependency and strengthen the relationship.
Step 5: Talk politics or jihad. Belittle them for being unwilling to move from talk to action. Suggest some very excellent plots; these plots always involve explosives, not guns.
Step 6: Facilitate every necessary action: from planning to financing to procuring the needed materials. The young men will likely need rides, help with building the device, understanding how the explosives will work.
Step 7: Record most, but not all conversations. Recordings of targets talking about violence will add credibility to assertions that there were un-recorded discussions in which the targets expressed a willingness to move from talk to action, callous disregard for human life, or anything needed to make the case.
Step 8: Make sure the targets have everything they need to implement the plan. If the targets are unable to procure necessary items, or unable to assemble an explosive device, do it for them.
Step 9: Foil the Plot! FBI agents will sweep in to save the day. Even if the targets never throw a Molotov cocktail, plant a pipe bomb or otherwise complete the plan, they will be charged with terrorism, and they will be found guilty. They always are.
Step 9a: In the case of “self-proclaimed anarchists,” the arrest should be made just days before a major protest.
A short list of recent cases that followed this pattern:
Hemant Lakhani – sentenced to 47 years in prison in 2005 for smuggling a missile into the U.S. in a plot, developed and facilitated by the FBI.
Eric McDavid – environmental activist arrested in 2006 and serving 20 year sentence for planning to sabotage federal facilities in plot developed by FBI.
Liberty City Seven –accused of plotting to blow up the Sears tower in 2006, after two mistrials, five of the men were convicted, despite lack of physical evidence and the defendants complete inability to pull off such a plot without the leadership of two FBI informants.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud – a Somali-American college dropout awaiting trial for the 2010 plot to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting in Portland, Oregon. Plot suggested & facilitated by FBI
Bradley Crowder and David McKay –jailed for making Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican convention. Their story is told in Better This World.
Cleveland 5 – arrested for participation in FBI-led plot to blow up a bridge on May Day 2012
NATO 3 –charged with material support of terrorism and conspiring to commit terrorist acts before the NATO protests in Chicago, May 2012
Read about a few of these cases at CivilFreedoms.org
and here: http://kasamaproject.org/2012/08/23/case-studies-profiles-of-provocateurs/
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