(Natural News) We’ve covered this story before, revealing how a seemingly rogue wing of the FBI appears to be involved in little more than foiling its own terror plots, then claiming credit for “stopping terrorists” in the USA.
As much as we appreciate the FBI efforts that are focused on halting actual criminal activity across the United States, the agency seems to have completely lost its marbles when it comes to pursuing domestic terrorism “plots.” See these related stories on Natural News for previous coverage:
From 2011: FBI ‘entrapment’ tactics questioned in web of phony terror plots and paid informants
From 2012: FBI nabs five mastermind geniuses after teaching them how to blow up a bridge in Cleveland
From 2015: The FBI is amazingly good at halting terror plots dreamed up by the FBI
Now comes another bombshell story from The Kansas City Star, which details the same bizarre story about the FBI stopping its own terror plots. Check out the partial reprint below, which describes how FBI agents troll Facebook, looking for Islamic terror-sounding people, then they recruit them into elaborate plots while providing detailed plans, supplies and funding to carry out the attacks.
Um….. I’m no lawyer or anything, and as much as I want to protect America from radical terrorists and everything… isn’t this entrapment? Without the FBI encouraging these people to take part in these terror plots, might they have simply remained angry Facebook dweebs? Seriously, some of these “terrorists” appear to be little more than stoners who are wholly incapable of pulling off anything other than their own pants.
FBI undercover stings foil terrorist plots — but often plots of the agency’s own making
by Ian Cummings, the Kansas City Star
The most sensational plots invoking the name of the Islamic State or al-Qaida here were largely the invention of FBI agents carrying out elaborate sting operations on individuals identified through social media as being potentially dangerous.
In fact, in terrorism investigations in Wichita, at Fort Riley and last week in Kansas City, the alleged terrorists reportedly were unknowingly following the directions of undercover FBI agents who supplied fake bombs and came up with key elements of the plans.
“What I get concerned about is where the plot is being hatched by the FBI,” said Michael German, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and former FBI agent. “There has been a clear effort to manufacture plots.”
…Of 126 Islamic State-related cases prosecuted by federal authorities across the country since 2014, nearly two-thirds involved undercover agents or informants, according to the Center on National Security at the Fordham University School of Law in New York. The FBI has stepped up its use of sting operations, which were once seen as a tactic of last resort.
…But some question whether the FBI is catching real terrorists or tricking troubled individuals into volunteering for a long prison sentence.
The most recent alleged plotter, 25-year-old Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr. of Columbia, was indicted last week after federal prosecutors accused him of participating in an Islamic State plan to cause mass casualties in a bombing attack on a train station and possibly buses and trains in Kansas City on Feb. 20.
The two men leading Hester in the alleged plot were actually undercover FBI employees. They suggested the time, place and type of attack, and loaned Hester $20 to buy the 9-volt batteries, duct tape, roofing nails and copper wire that they implied would be ingredients for a bomb. Hester reportedly failed to buy the copper wire, saying he could not find it. There were no actual bombs.
The FBI employees had identified Hester as a suspect after seeing Facebook posts he made about his “conversion to Islam, his hatred for the United States and his belief that supposed U.S. mistreatment of Muslims had to be ‘put to an end,’ ” according to court documents.
Read the rest of the story at the Kansas City Star.