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Friday, March 1, 2024

A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

Suspect or foil?

Didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to turn the FBI‘s latest bust of an allleged would-be terrorist in Oregon into a purported government-sponsored hoax designed to drive fear into the hearts of Americans as they head into the holiday season.

Depending on who you talk to, Mohamed Osman Mohamud is either a Somali-born university student who planned to blow up Portland’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies — killing hundreds of attendees — or he is just another dupe of of a government that manufactures such plots and then finds idiots like himself to be an unsuspecting part of an elaborate part to drive up the fear quotient.

The Associated Press writes that “Yosof Wanly, imam at the Salman Afarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Oregon, says Mohamud  was a normal student who went to athletic events, ddrank the occasional beer and was into rap music and culture.”

And FBI authorities have not yet explained how a young Muslim man described by friends as an average university student tho strank an accasional beer and hunt out with fraternity friends suddenly became a radical bent on bombing the United States.

FBI statements make it clear that undercover agents recruited the young man and played on his uncertainty about the U.S.

Writes Newsweek:

Every time FBI undercover operatives seduce a dim-witted wannabe terrorist with promises of jihadi glory, there’s a tendency among the civil liberties crowd and the hate-all-government contingent to see the aspiring bomber as a victim.

The magazine continues

Sowing distrust among the bad guys is a vital element in the disruption of terrorist plots and organizations. But one risk as the FBI cranks out these sting operations (there have been dozens in the last few years), is that the cases will create a false impression of what these would-be terrorists really want to do, and thus distort the way we analyze the enemy’s thinking.

Which raises the question: Are we preventing terror?  Or providing the fertile ground that allows it to grow?

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3 thoughts on “A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?”

  1. I am leaning to a propaganda stunt. What they did to this patsy is nothing short of entrapment. Plain and simple. They lead him on like a fiddler and then bust him for something they encouraged as well as gave him materials for. In ANY civilian court of law, a good lawyer would get you off on entrapment laws.

  2. There needs to be a moratorium on immigration from Muslim countries until we are sure that the terrorist threat is over.

  3. More than likely it was a “propaganda stunt” for T-Day consumption. The FBI along with the CIA have become premier examples of government agencies “gone bad”.

    It’s hard to believe this Somali youth could ‘plan’ anything of the proposed magnitude without a more sophistocated entity stoking him and also supplying him with the means to execute such a plot.

    To me, this type of sting op is wrong because it’s a form of predation rather than trying to trip up known criminals and terrorist wannabe’s that demonstrate they are already working on their own to hatch criminal misdeeds. The FBI in this case is acting more like a 240 lb street bully picking on a cub scout.

    I’m going to supply a link that will provide an outline of many years of criminal activity associated with agents and field office supervisors. They’ve basically become a running dog agency to support the interests of the MIC and our now corrupt Congresssional contingent on up to the White House.

    Carl Nemo **==

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