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Thursday, 21 May 2009

How to revive the flagging terror industry: a lesson from the FBI

"The defendants, in their efforts to acquire weapons, dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, authorities said. The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to the informant for the defendants.

"In June 2008, Cromitie complained to the informant that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there, that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces.

"Cromitie also expressed an interest in 'doing something to America.'"

The FBI has caught on to something here. Find someone with a grudge, nurse it, suggest that an appropriate way to deal with it is to break things and hurt people, then appear to provide the means to do so. As a final wrap-up, arrest the suspect for being a terrorist and an attempted murderer.

The keys to success in this operation were twofold:

First, they controlled the entire operation, using a confidential informer and dummy weapons.
Secondly, everything was carefully recorded on video.

Now what if, instead of a local synagogue, the wannabees had been directed to an imposing set of skyscrapers? And what if, instead of dummy explosives, they had been given a modicum of pilot's training? And what if, instead of recording everything, the powers that be had instead ensured that no witnesses survived, doctored the crash site, and kept the wreckage carefully guarded while all evidence was removed and taken out of the country?

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