The FBI's Make-Believe War on Terrorism
June 14, 2013
There have been relatively few real terror attacks or even
plots in the United States. But that doesn't mean there are not
many "manufactured" plots. In his book, "The Terror
Factory; Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism,"
Trevor Aaronson gives a few examples of real plots (mostly unsuccessful),
which in all cases involved terrorists with international connections
and the ability to carry out the attacks on their own. Then he
details the many FBI sting operations that have led to arrests,
which almost universally involve defendants who had no capacity
to act alone, no connection to real terrorists, and were encouraged,
financed, and even led by FBI informants.
A good example is detailed in Chapter Five of Aaronson's book.
James Cromitie worked stocking shelves in Walmart, and he had
a history of mental instability. Shahed Hussain, a highly paid
FBI informant (some make over $100,000 for entrapping a suspect),
introduced himself under false pretenses and went to work encouraging
Cromitie's bigotry and hatred, eventually suggesting that he
take action against the enemies of Islam. Cromitie, meanwhile,
lied about his past, claiming to have firebombed a police precinct
and blowing up police cars. He seemed to enjoy the attention
he was receiving. During this process Hussain had to leave for
two months and he told Cromitie to spend the time recruiting
others and to doing reconnaissance on possible targets. Instead,
Cromitie spent the time working and watching television, never
getting around to the important terrorist work he was so committed
When Hussain returned he told Cromitie that authorization
for an attack was given by his "superiors," and that
now they could teach people a lesson. Cromitie's response was,
"Who are we teaching a lesson to?" Hussain had to explain
that they were teaching a lesson to people who were killing innocent
Muslims. Aaaronson reports that the tapes (or transcripts of
the taped conversations) make it apparent that Cromitie did not
know what they were doing, or for whom, or why. He needed to
be led along every step of the way.
Cromitie was given $1,800 to buy guns. If the terror charges
didn't stick the FBI could then charge him for buying weapons
illegally. But he didn't buy any. At one point he threw stones
at a drug dealer's window, hoping to get the dealer to sell him
a weapon. He failed to find anyone to sell him a gun, and so
returned the money to Hussain.
Cromitie left New York for two weeks to work at a Walmart
that was opening in another state, because he needed to make
some money. When he returned, Hussain criticized him for this,
and offered him $250,000 to go through with the plot, which was
to put bombs in cars in front of synagogues in the Bronx. Hussain
also gave him FBI money to cover his rent, and at one point offered
to buy him a barber shop business.
With a lot of prodding Cromitie was encouraged to recruit
three small-time criminals he knew to help with the plot. Eventually
Cromitie put the fake bombs (which he thought were real) into
the trunks of cars the FBI had rented for the purpose, while
the other three men acted as lookouts. He and the others, soon
to be dubbed by the media as, "The Newburg Four," were
then surrounded and arrested. Hussain was paid at least $96,000
for his work entrapping them.
This is how we are supposedly "protected" from terrorists.
Individuals who are mostly incapable of planning much on their
own are convinced to commit a "terrorist act" in order
that the FBI can have television-worthy arrests. In one case
that Aaaronson reports on the suspect or "target" thought
he could cause the Sears Tower in Chicago to fall in Lake Michigan
in such a way that it would cause a tsunami which would wipe
out buildings along the shoreline. Another target, after some
amount of torture or interrogation, "admitted" he had
attended an unusual terrorist training camp in Pakistan, later
confessing that he had invented the fantasy scenario based on
the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
When you read Aaronson's book, it becomes clear that few of
the suspects the FBI has entrapped (that word choice is mine
because it seems objectively correct) could pull off any major
terrorist act, even if they had wanted to before they were helped
along by informants that provide the plans, the means and the
encouragement. These are not people with ties to terrorism, but
simply angry or confused men who run into FBI informants who
encourage their violent fantasies. Would they have run into real
terrorist at some point and so become dangerous anyhow? It's
unlikely to say the least. Aaronson points out that, "To
date, there has not been a single would-be terrorist in the United
States who has become operational through a chance meeting with
someone able to provide the means for a terrorist attack."
There are 15,000 official FBI informants in the country now,
and possibly several times as many informal ones. This is more
than at any time in history. In the past informants were essentially
just infiltrating and observing potentially criminal groups.
They still infiltrate groups, targeting Muslims more than others,
but now they also actively plan terrorist activities in order
to recruit individuals who may have never committed such acts,
just so high-profile arrests can be made.
Many of the informants are doing the work only because of
FBI threats. If a Muslim is here on a student visa, for example,
and is short one credit, the FBI can threaten deportation unless
that student pretends to be a terrorist and helps them entrap
someone. These strong-arm tactics, and the infiltration of many
Muslim mosques, has created an atmosphere of mistrust that results
in the FBI getting even less information than it would have normally
from Muslim communities.
Retired FBI agent Myron Fuller points out that after thirty
or forty years of observing Muslim communities in the U.S., there
was no evidence that there was any threat there. After the bombing
of the World Trade Center in 1993 a closer look revealed no links.
Referring to Muslim communities, he says, "Nothing came
out of Dearborn or anywhere else that was remotely connected
to the people who did what they did in 1993, or any of the attacks
up to and including 9/11." He added, "It's always been
my argument that the Muslim communities in the United States
haven't been supporting terrorism or sheltering terrorists in
any significant way. The response to 9/11 was to use a nuclear
weapon to kill a gnat. People suddenly thought that if you're
a Muslim you're either a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer."
Trevor Aaronson sums it up this way:
Congress allocates billions to the FBI to find terrorists
and prevent the next attack. The FBI in turn focuses thousands
of agents and informants on Muslim communities in sting operations
that pull easily influenced fringe members of the communities
into terrorist plots conceived and financed by the FBI. The Justice
Department then labels these targets, who have no capacity on
their own to commit terrorist acts and no connections to actual
terrorists, as terrorists and includes them in data intended
not only to justify how previous dollars were spent, but also
to justify the need for future counterterroism funding. In the
end, the tail wags the dog in a continual cycle.
Meanwhile, while billions are wasted for the sake of these
show trials, real domestic terrorism is downplayed. In one example
cited by Aaronson anti-government conspiracy theorists Jerry
and Joseph Kane, after giving seminars in which they advocated
violence, murdered two police officers in Arkansas. The FBI had
been tracking them for years, and knew they were dangerous, but
didn't bother to notify the local police where they lived or
traveled, apparently being to focused on trying to convince Muslim
loners to put fake bombs in cars. Police departments have been
asking for FBI training and information for dealing with domestic
terrorists, but the FBI has been almost exclusively focused on
Islamic terrorists, and then mostly on creating more of them.
Here is one last quote from Aaronson's "The Terror Factory:"
The FBI currently spends $3 billion annually to hunt an
enemy that is largely of its own creation. Evidence in dozens
of cases -- involving plots to blow up synagogues, skyscrapers,
military recruiting stations, and bars and nightclubs -- suggests
that today's terrorists in the United States are nothing more
than FBI creations, impressionable men living on the edges of
society who become bomb-triggering would-be killers only because
of the actions of the FBI informants.
One federal judge has called this a "fantasy terror operation."
Of the 500 terrorism defendants prosecuted since 9/11 in the
United States, only a few posed actual threats. Around 150 were
caught in FBI sting operations (entrapments seems like a fair
word to describe these cases), and the rest involved immigration
violations, money laundering and other crimes with only the weakest
of links to terrorism and no evidence of safety threats to this
The idea seems to be to scare us to get money and power, then
entrap impressionable men in order to justify the whole process
and receive more funding. That is how the "war on terrorism"
works inside this country.
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