Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Report: Foiled Domestic Terror Plots are Fed Setups

According to a new report by Human Rights Watch, the majority of the high-profile domestic "terrorism" plots that are foiled by the feds and then trumpeted by the corrupt state-corporate are in fact set-ups. It is the ultimate in self-justification for a bloated federal law enforcement system that continues to suck up taxpayer money while growing like a cancer. The war on terror has always been a massive fraud, conveniently providing cover for a massive expansion of the police state, the creation of the monstrosity that is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the lynchpin upon which the justification for the myriad of ongoing wars of imperial plunder are hung and a political scam that rewards those leeches and other bloodsuckers in Congress who are able to ride the big security state gravy train.
The report, according to a story in The Guardian entitled "Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots": from which I excerpt:
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.

"In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges.
Citing 27 prominent "terrorism" cases the report finds only four that did not have some level of federal agents using bribes, false information and entrapment to make the big, media friendly bust - including the Boston Marathon bombers which our massive national system of surveillance and billions of dollars in taxpayer money to pay the salaries of our protectors couldn't stop. The setups all involve Muslims who as has been reported by the recent work of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald are specifically targeted for their political and religious beliefs.
The Greenwald piece, published by "The Intercept" is entitled "Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On" and in addition to the obvious profiling issues also touches on a culture of anti-Muslim bigotry that exists within federal law enforcement agencies:
The FBI—which is listed as the “responsible agency” for surveillance on the five men—has a controversial record when it comes to the ethnic profiling of Muslim-Americans. According to FBI training materials uncovered by Wired in 2011, the bureau taught agents to treat “mainstream” Muslims as supporters of terrorism, to view charitable donations by Muslims as “a funding mechanism for combat,” and to view Islam itself as a “Death Star” that must be destroyed if terrorism is to be contained.
John Guandolo, a former FBI counterterrorism official who takes credit for developing a training program for agents on the “Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States,” told The Intercept that he participated in investigations of some of the individuals whose email accounts were monitored. Echoing the “red under every bed” hysteria of the McCarthy era, Guandolo believes that “hundreds” of covert members of the Muslim Brotherhood are active in the United States, that some of them have succeeded in infiltrating the Pentagon, and that CIA director John Brennan is a secret Muslim.
Other former and current federal officials say such beliefs are not representative of the FBI or Justice Department. But blatant prejudice against Muslim-Americans is also documented in the Snowden archive.
In one 2005 document, intelligence community personnel are instructed how to properly format internal memos to justify FISA surveillance. In the place where the target’s real name would go, the memo offers a fake name as a placeholder: “Mohammed Raghead.”
Not that the FBI is the sole domain of anti-Muslim bigots, there is a huge national network of those who maintain think tanks, media chop shops and an army of activists to ensure that the demonization of Muslims is ongoing. Such fear-mongering and disinformation not only serves to continue to feed and expand the surveillance and police state but also provides the narrative for the "clash of civilizations" crusade that has been ongoing since then president George W. Bush stood atop that pile of rubble with a megaphone and fed a nation's prejudices and bloodlust right before his neocon packed administration lied the US into war with Iraq based on false pretenses of weapons of mass destruction and a bogus link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. The pushing of the Muslim war on America meme was getting much traction with ISIS and the new caliphate but has at least for the moment been overtaken by the even more institutionalized hatred for Russia and the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine provides a gift from the heavens to the narcissistic Obama in detouring from Iraq and Syria to avenge his wounded pride upon Putin.
But the setups (just say you love Osama) will continue as law enforcement in the USA!, USA!, USA! increasingly mimics the tactics of historic models of totalitarian states. It doesn't take much scrutiny to already see elements of the Gestapo, SAVAK, NKVD and Stasi at both the federal and local level and it is not going to ever get better - the proverbial ship has already sailed when it comes to being able to stop it and to this day far too many Americans are still living in fear to even realize that which has been wrought upon them in the name of national security.
Download the entire  Human Rights Watch report here: