Glenn Greenwald: the FBI’s terrorism strategy is "keep fear alive"

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    First, this article was published last night:

    Confidential Informant Played Key Role in FBI Foiling Its Own Terror Plot | The Intercept

    By Murtaza Hussain

    The FBI Wednesday announced the arrest of three men it alleges planned to help the Islamic State, news that at first appeared to confirm fears that radical extremism is spreading to the United States.

    “The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a press release announcing the arrests. “We will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to travel to Syria to wage violent jihad on behalf of ISIL and those who support them.”

    Left unmentioned in the FBI statement, however, is the integral role a paid informant appears to have played in generating the charges against the men, and helping turn a fantastical “plot” into something even remotely tangible. It appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.

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    This morning, this article was published:

    Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats? | The Intercept

    By Glenn Greenwald

    The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS (photo of joint FBI/NYPD press conference, above). As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.” One of the frightening terrorist villains told the FBI informant that, beyond having no money, he had encountered a significant problem in following through on the FBI’s plot: his mom had taken away his passport. Noting the bizarre and unhinged ranting of one of the suspects, Hussain noted on Twitter that this case “sounds like another victory for the FBI over the mentally ill.”

    In this regard, this latest arrest appears to be quite similar to the overwhelming majority of terrorism arrests the FBI has proudly touted over the last decade. As my colleague Andrew Fishman and I wrote last month — after the FBI manipulated a 20-year-old loner who lived with his parents into allegedly agreeing to join an FBI-created plot to attack the Capitol — these cases follow a very clear pattern:

    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). Subservient U.S. courts uphold the charges by applying such a broad and permissive interpretation of “entrapment” that it could almost never be successfully invoked.

    Once again, we should all pause for a moment to thank the brave men and women of the FBI for saving us from their own terror plots.


    The ACLU of Massachusetts’s Kade Crockford notes this extraordinarily revealing quote from former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes, as he defends one of the worst FBI terror “sting” operations of all (the Cromitie prosecution we describe at length here):

    If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.

    That is the FBI’s terrorism strategy — keep fear alive — and it drives everything they do.

    The full article is here:
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  3. moxie Member

    The Virilio quote equally applies to any organized attempt to politicize through emotional manipulation whilst, tous à la fois, promoting propagandist violence. He is thorough thinker. "Semiotext(e)"! Quite.

    Greenwald certainly understands the political values of semiosis as well as semiotic imagery impact, but he also seems to be a victim of self-censorship and will not consider any POV that does not support his own. I find him tiresome and he would likely condemn me as a bigot for not agreeing with him. I'm sure he couldn't care less about my opinions and I care about his only because of his influence. He is a pro garden path leader.

    Also, if I had a mental illnesses, I might consider suing someone for the constant conflating of mental illness with barbaric acts of violence.
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  4. moxie Member

    CAGE propagandist encourages his "brothers and sisters" to jihad
    This CAGE leader tells Assange that stoning women is fine:
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    He has had to be a hard ass, Moxie, for so many reasons. The man does possess some damn fine qualities. Courage being just one of them. I'm giving him a pass, because i do think that there are some truly shocking revelations to come. The guy is determined and fearless, and we need a hell of a lot more of that, at this particular junction in time.

    You know, bigger picture stuff, Moxie ;)

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  6. Fuck Glenda.
    He has been a paid spokesperson on many occasions for CAIR.
    He also is a self-described communist, all the while making a rather handsome income for himself.
    hypocrite. Seeing that he made an appearance at the Oscars was barf and more barf. asshole.
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  7. A.O.T.F Member

    Oh Hai (Insert any butthurt Alphabet Agency's name here)
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  9. RavenEyes Member

    It would've been awesome if Sabu would've been the one to present Glenn with the Oscar. Then they both could've done that "hands up - don't shoot" arm stance thingy.
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  10. A.O.T.F Member

    The Spy Cables Decoded - Episode One

    The Spy Cables Decoded - Episode Two

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  11. sallysock Member

    Somewhat related:
    Glenn, smart and funny guy.

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  13. sallysock Member

    Apparently, not even Glenn wishes to engage with Ms. Emick.
    To be blocked by Glenn? Ha ha ha ha ha.
    Apologies for the sideshow...derail over.
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trevor Aaronson: How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists | TED Talks

    There's an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson reveals a disturbing FBI practice that breeds terrorist plots by exploiting Muslim-Americans with mental health problems.
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