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Here we go again. As the time-tested formula goes, they send an undercover agent to an unsuspecting naivete to fire him up. Then at the right stage, they begin secretly recording the conversations with the agent to nail down enough quotes to beef up the planned indictment. Then they buy him weapons. Then they swoop in to “foil the terror plot” – their own terror plot – just in time to prevent him from using the weapons … that they bought him! Then they announce that another “homegrown terrorist” has been caught red-handed trying to “kill Americans,” but that the “public was never in any danger” because “the plot was being closely monitored by authorities at at all times” (the term ‘closely monitored’ is a euphemism for ‘orchestrated & sustained’). Then the public reacts in shock that such a person could be “in our midst.”
And such is the classic script. Disingenuous on the part of the American government, and shameful on the part of the American public that buys into the government’s deception and allows this to keep happening.
I’d like to ask the FBI agents who work these cases: do you feel a genuine sense of fulfillment? Do you truly consider yourselves to be on a noble endeavor? By manufacturing artificial “plots” to compensate for a lack of authentic ones, do you honestly consider yourselves heroic vanguards of the homeland? On the frontlines of the ‘War on Terror’? Setting aside my understandable bias, this still seems anything but noble. Rather, it seems nothing but dishonorable and unscrupulous that with 14 million Americans so poor that they’re officially considered to be in poverty, and over twice as many unable to find work with which to feed their hungry families, and over three times as many unable to afford even basic health care, and public schools unable to pay their teachers or renovate their buildings, and with the entire economy so devastated and in shambles, somehow, the cash endlessly & magically materializes from your tax dollars to instead be used by the FBI to generate “terror plots” where there were no plots, to destroy the lives & families of people who wouldn’t & couldn’t have “plotted” anything without the coaxing and assistance of the very government agents who arrested them … all to perpetuate the public fear that justifies an ever-increasing annual budget that allows the Feds to foil more of their own “plots,” in an endless Catch-22.
Disingenuous on the part of the American government, and shameful on the part of the American public that buys into their deception and allows this to keep happening. It’s baffling how almost all the reporting on this case willfully ignores the fact that it was the FBI agents who actively facilitated the “plot,” as opposed to merely “discovering” it.
But I should credit the government. At least this time, the charges match the accusations. It’s a step up from my own case where nearly two years after my face was splashed across the news as the ‘Shopping Mall Shooter,’ I have yet to be charged with being part of any “terror plot” - shopping mall or otherwise. Even though I’m quickly approaching trial, I have yet to be told by the U.S. government which mall I was going to supposedly attack, or when I was going to attack it, or what evidence exists that this ever happened. And you don’t even want to know how many millions of tax dollars have been and will continue to be snatched up by the government to put me on trial and keep me locked up. It is quite a hefty sum.
Disingenuous on the part of the American government, and shameful on the part of the American public that buys into their deception and allows this to keep happening.
The United States’ top attorney Eric Holder says sting operations are necessary in the so-called war on terror. He made the comment in a speech to a Muslim rights group.
Families of suspects being taken away by the FBI through Sting Operations and entrapment tactics attended a town home meeting to voice their concerns over a new anti-Muslim campaign.
SEATTLE – Two men were arrested late last night and are charged by criminal complaint with terrorism and firearms related charges. The complaint alleges that Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, aka Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, took possession of machine guns that they purchased and planned to use in an attack on the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located on East Marginal Way, Seattle.
The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Law enforcement has been monitoring Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh, including the weapons transaction, to prevent the attack and protect the public. Unbeknownst to the defendants, the weapons were rendered inoperable and posed no risk to the public. The defendants initially planned an attack on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, but later changed targets. The defendants intended to carry out their attack with both grenades and machine guns.
“The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military where they should be most safe, here at home,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “This is a sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and that our first line of defense is the people who live in our community. We were able to disrupt the plot because someone stepped forward and reported it to authorities. I commend the joint efforts of the FBI, the Seattle Police Department, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force who quickly recognized the seriousness of the threat and ensured the safety of the community.”
Law enforcement first became aware of the potential threat when a citizen alerted them that he/she had been approached about participating in the attack and supplying firearms to the conspirators. The person then agreed to work with law enforcement, which began monitoring Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh. Since early June the conspirators were captured on audio and videotape discussing a violent assault on the Military Entrance Processing Station. The MEPS is where each branch of the military screens and processes enlistees. In addition to housing many civilian and military employees, the building houses a federal daycare center.
Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh are charged by complaint with conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (grenades), and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence. Abdul-Latif is also charged with two counts of illegal possession of firearms. The defendants will make their initial appearance on the complaint at 2:30 p.m. in front of Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler, on the 12th floor of the federal courthouse at 700 Stewart Street, Seattle.
Both Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh face potential sentences of life in prison if convicted of the charges.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which has investigators from federal, state and local law enforcement. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives contributed significant expertise to this investigation.