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FBI: Inventing the Terrorist Boogeyman

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Posted on May 21, 2012
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Protesters coaxed by federal agents into plotting terrorist attacks are imprisoned without bond while known terrorists are allowed to walk free the day of their arrest. The difference? Political ideology: The entrapped “criminals” are associates of the Occupy movement, while the actual terrorists are merely well-established violent white supremacists.

Rick Perlstein reports that the FBI is “inventing” terrorists out of dissidents it deems to be political and ideological enemies of the state while turning a blind eye to “known terrorist organizations.” —ARK

Rick Perlstein at Rolling Stone:

In all these law enforcement schemes the alleged terrorists masterminds end up seeming, when the full story comes out, unable to terrorize their way out of a paper bag without law enforcement tutelage. (“They teach you how to make all this stuff out of simple household items,” one of the kids says on a recording quoted in the FBI affidavit about a book he has just discovered, The Anarchist Cookbook. Someone asks him how much it says explosives cost. “I’m not sure,” he responds, “I just downloaded it last night.”) It’s a perfect example of how post-9/11 fear made law enforcement tactics seem acceptable that were previously beyond the pale. Previously, however, the targets have been Muslims; now they’re white kids from Ohio. And maybe you could argue that this is acceptable, if the feds were actually acting out of a good-faith assessment of what threats are imminent and which are not. But that’s not what they’re doing at all. Instead, they are arrogating to themselves a downright Orwellian power – the power to deploy the might of the State to shape a fundamental narrative about which ideas Americans must be most scared of, and which ones they should not fear much at all, independent of the relative objective dangerousness of the people who hold those ideas.

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By diamond, May 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

“Focusing on the badness of the Agency will not change them.”

They would change soon enough if the rule of law was re-instated and they were sent to jail for kidnapping and torturing people who haven’t even been charged with a crime. But because of the fake crisis created by their staged event on 9/11 no politician dares do anything so rash. Because they fear if they do, they will stage another event and blame them for it. Be that as it may, if the rule of law is not re-instated they will begin doing these things to Americans - oh, wait a minute, they already are.

Having said that, I’ve also said for a long time that the only way to bring about social change in a society dominated by global capital is to refuse to pay taxes and also to refuse to spend money. Let’s see how the war mongers and ‘job creators’ would get on then. If no one works, pays their taxes or buys things the plutocracy would be completely stuffed within two weeks. The economy would go back to barter and growing your own food but they would be stuck in ruinously expensive buildings with windows that don’t open, lifts that don’t run and air conditioners that don’t work. When their cars broke down they would have to fix them themselves and when the oil ran out they would have to hitch them up to a horse and gallop to work (if they still have jobs to go to) down the deserted streets. That’s what so many people don’t realize. They can’t do what they do unless we feed them, water them and give them money. It’s literally true that without us, they can’t survive - and since they have decided there is no social contract and they want everything for themselves and to hell with everyone who is not in the elites, do we really need them running things? I can’t see why. It’s like Murdoch: everyone has been afraid of him for so long and now they see him sitting in those hearings, just a little, wizened-up old man and they can’t remember why they were afraid. The plutocracy better hope the masses never forget why they are afraid because when they do it will be a sad day for them.

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By diamond, May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

“Many taxpayers do not want law enforcement to consult Rolling Stone prior to laying a snare in matters such as these where the potential for great harm may occur.”

Great harm has already occurred: to democracy and the rule of law. In ‘Ghost Plane’ Stephen Grey compares the rendition flights of the CIA, taking hooded, tranquilized men to certain torture in foreign countries to the transport of ‘zeks’ across Russia to the Gulags described by Solzhenitsyn. He also describes how these arrests and transportation of innocent people could take place in the midst of seeming normality. He described how he cruised down the Nile in 2003 but realizes that most people would never have noticed the watchtowers on the river bank. This being the Torah prison where people captured and transported by the United States were sent to be tortured.

People at the Rabat zoo in Morocco wouldn’t notice the ordinary looking houses nearby where torture with razor blades or broken glass bottles was carried out both on Moroccans and foreign nationals kidnapped by the USA and sent there for outsourced torture. In Europe, too, no one would take any notice of a Gulfstream executive jet parked on a tarmac. Inside were CIA agents, wearing black masks with their prisoners shackled and blindfolded ready to be sent to some torture centre somewhere. Maher Arar was flown to Jordan on a luxury jet, shackled and completely innocent of any crime, to be tortured in Syria. In the same way as these jets masqueraded as normal planes doing normal things, the FBI masquerades as a law enforcement agency but it is no longer any such thing, if it ever was. It’s task now, as any objective observer can see, is to manufacture terrorists in the same way that the rendition flights and the Gulags in the Soviet Union did. Unfortunately the United States has no Solzhenitsyn to describe what is being done or why it is a disaster for democracy.

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By PatrickHenry, May 22, 2012 at 3:35 am Link to this comment

This page of the booga booga playbook is getting worn out…..yawn.

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By Oceanna, May 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

What about the terror of families and their children in Yemen, Pakistan,
Afghanistan, and elsewhere—I can’t keep track of the US invasions into other
countries—from remote controlled Drones, aptly named Predators, reigning
down death on homes and villages?  It looks like their operators have attacks of
conscience, which fall under the labeling of PTSD. 

Of course, if you’re a good patriot and know what’s best for you, then you go
along with the official version that they’re highly accurate and kill mostly or only
Taliban, insurgents, AQ, etc.  As Mr. Blair once said—lies are truth, bad is good,
courage is cowardice, and so forth.

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By Big B, May 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

surfboy

The bottom line with all these domestic terrorist “stings” is that they all smack of entrapment. Law enforcement is creating the crime, and hiring the dumbest actors they can find for their little terrorist passion play.

And it could happen to any one of us. Open the wrong unsolicited e-mail and its off to Guantanamo (if your lucky)

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By BeliTsari, May 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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Funny, some of the stories nobody hears nationally, until Ailes sends a febrile e-mail to MiniLuv http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-five-charged-in-mob-attack-at-tinley-park-restaurant-20120521,0,6533031.story

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By c.d.embrey, May 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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“The Anarchist Cookbook” was being sold at Wingnut and Survivalist book stores over twenty years ago. And no-one seemed to mind.

BTW, have you ever been in a John Birch Society book store? Nothing but wall hate and treason. And no-one seems to mind.

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By gerard, May 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

Surfboy:  Yes, but ... what if I, an officer of the law, talk some local moron into killing my mother-in-law, provide him with gun and ammunition and drive him to her home in the middle of the night, then help him break down her door—But then it happens that my mother-in-law is a judo expert, and she disarms the moron, then he tells her the plot, and she comes down and confronts me sitting in my police car waiting for him, and she shoots me in the head. Who is really responsible?  Shall we give me a posthumous medal and award the old lady with a death sentence because she learned judo on the internet?
  P.S. You know what prompted this reply, don’t you?
The remark about taxpayers not wanting law enforcement to consult Rolling Stone, when the fact is that millions of taxpayers would much prefer that over being subjected to “extraordinary rendition” at the drop of some entrapped hat. The point being that it’s all getting to be too godawful much entrapment to the point of nobody being safe except the entrappers. It’s becoming too hard to tell one moron from another.

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By berniem, May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

The police state must invent crime and conspiracy to maintain the paranoia level to justify its continued expansion!

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