FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

Washington (AFP) - The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.

"Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats," said the report by Human Rights Watch.
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Government agents 'directly involved' in most terror plots

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.

"In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges.


Report: http://www.hrw.org/node/127456


30 for 30 Shorts: Judging Jewell

Publish Date: Jan 28, 2014 - Duration: 21:42


"On July 27, 1996, a terrorist's bomb exploded in a crowded Centennial Olympic Park during the Atlanta Olympic Games. The death toll might have been far higher if not for security guard Richard Jewell, who hours after his heroism was called a murderer."

The FBI should have absolutely no credibility in American society. From framing this guy without evidence to framing Steven Hatfill and Bruce Ivins. Watch Clint Eastwood's biopic on J. Edgar Hoover to see how the FBI has behaved throughout its history. It's just ridiculous that people would trust this organization at all at this point.


FBI should have absolutely no credibility in American society

Why does Congress even defer to the FBI? They, and their progenitors have always been nothing more than a political goon squad. No God, No Master a film that deals with the topic of the Palmer Raids states of J. Edgar Hoover in closing credits: "J. Edgar Hoover became the Director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924, a position he held for 48 years until his death in 1972. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. are named after him. Prominent government officials have sought the removal of Hoover's name from the building calling it a "stain" on Democracy." This is in keeping with Dick Gregory's statement (paraphrased) that "were you to travel to Germany today you would be shocked to see an "Adolf Hitler" building but no surprise is registered on returning home and seeing the J. Edgar Hoover Building in D.C. which is ironic because, after all, it is the same thing."

From a previous post:

Does anyone remember The F.B.I. the Quinn Martin production starring Ephrem Zimbalist Jr.? It was a propaganda sleaze fest that tried to make the F.B.I. look all shiny and new and scientific. Mark Felt, the ostensible Deep Throat. was a consultant on the show. According to Wikipedia the F.B.I. had "casting approval." I wouldn't be surprised if they stopped there and would surmise they had script approval as well as a whole other level of control as well. I watched a couple of episodes because as I kid I liked 77 Sunset Strip which Zimbalist also starred in but I soon got a really creepy vibe from the show. One of the things that really bothered me was that Ford was the principle sponsor and every car on the show was a Ford. This was the case even on location shots of streets and parking lots with many cars, it just didn't look right and my gut told me it wasn't; it just made the whole mise en scene into a creepy, corporate reality. Anyway, the theme of the show, as I stated, was that the F.B.I. was a scientific and modern crime fighting agency. Emphasis was put on the agents professionalism and the high education standards of the F.B.I. Much was made of their personal fitness as these keen minds must adhere to the principle of mens sana in corpore sano; and why wouldn't they as you need a well turned body to do all the "deep thinking" that these guys get up to. A lot was made of the deadliness and accuracy of the agents shooting as well: "we shoot to kill, don't pull your weapon if you don't intend to use it." Now, I wouldn't be surprised if all the rent a car kick-backs for Ford's product placement didn't go right into the old Ford Foundation for who knows what. (For a veiled look at the Ford Foundation I strongly recommend Missing, starring Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon.) But of course the irony is that these agents can't shoot straight at all and if I had to guess they are nothing more than a political goon squad.

By the way, Human Rights Watch states that they take no government money "either directly or indirectly" but they get grants from the Ford Foundation. Part of their approach, their push, with this recent statement about government sponsored stooges is to reinforce the idea that there are still many self radicalized and autochthonous terrorists out there. Human Rights Watch, that way, makes a poison pill of fear with a nice sugar coating of ant-government rhetoric.

Good point

Good point about Human Rights Watch. I'm in the habit of cocking an eyebrow when I see them weighing in on something.

If fox news or MSNBC or PBS

If fox news or MSNBC or PBS or any of their ilk publicise the errant ways of the FBI or the govt generally, I for one will take it. It is an important indicator either way, of the cracks appearing in the dam that holds the truth back from our wider populations.
We need to learn to use the messenger rather than shooting without thinking if we ever want our cause to gain any kind of purchase with meaningful amounts of people.