Cleveland–Once again, a young-hero FBI agent has foiled a domestic terror plot to save America!
Of course, the young-hero FBI agent was responsible for fomenting the domestic terror plot by supplying transportation and explosives to five “domestic terrorists”. I.e., if it weren’t for the young-hero FBI agent’s participation and encouragement, the plot might never have taken place.
Incidentally, young-hero FBI agents are reportedly paid “as much as $100,000” each time they orchestrate a successful “sting” operation.
Thus, there appears to be a personal incentive (other than “saving America!”) for young-hero FBI agents to orchestrate domestic terror plot “stings”: money.
I.e., if a young-hero FBI agent can find five idiots talking in a bar about how much they despise the government and talk ‘em into committing a terrorist plot, the young-hero FBI agent might collect $100,000.
And there’s another incentive for these sting operations: creating the illusion in the public mind of the existence of “domestic terrorism” where little or no such terrorism actually exists. What we see in many of these stings is “terrorism theater“–a dramatized fiction–rather than evidence of actual domestic terrorism.
I don’t doubt that much of the FBI’s efforts to discover domestic terrorism are real. But it’s also clear that some of the FBI’s efforts are intended to fabricate, rather than discover, domestic terrorism.
For example, if you can judge a book by its cover, judging from the photographs of the five “domestic terrorists” recently captured in Cleveland, it’s hard to believe that they could successfully change a flat tire, let alone bomb a bridge. Maybe those five really are criminal master-minds, but judging from their photos, I doubt that there’s a single G.E.D. among them.
I understand that the FBI has to try to stop domestic terrorism. But it cannot be that domestic terrorism can only be stopped by instigating domestic terrorism. A “sting” operation where the FBI supplies the logistics, explosives and transportation is not a “sting” so much as entrapment.
And a sting operation where the FBI agent (“stinger”) stands to profit personally and substantially is simply wrong, wrong, wrong.
If young-hero FBI agents want to run sting operations for their usual pay, fine. But if it’s true (as alleged in the following video) that these young heroes are paid to entrap people, the whole FBI (including legitimate efforts to thwart real “terrorists”) are made to look absurd–or Orwellian.
On any given night, you can find five fools in almost any bar in the U.S. who are talking about the need to “get” the government. They’ll sober up the next day, renew their drivers licenses and pay their taxes. Talk is cheap. The number of people who speak out against government is huge. The number of people who will actually do anything substantial to attack the government is tiny.
The FBI is tasked with the job of discerning between the many who talk about violence against the government, and those few who, on their own, are really prone to committing violence and able to do so. Not an easy task.
I, for example, have said for years that what this country needs is to detonate a neutron bomb at Washington DC. Save the buildings. Save the documents. Get rid of the politicians. Does that make me a “domestic terrorist”? No. I don’t have a neutron bomb. If I had one, I have no means to deliver it to Washington DC. And, despite my occasional talk about violence, I’m working on my status as a Christian and–given the actually opportunity to kill someone–almost certainly would not do so.
So, am I a domestic terrorist or a domestic dissident?
Could a young-hero FBI agent persuade me to amp up my status from dissident to terrorist? No. I’m a grown man. Kids can be easily fooled into participating in “domestic terrorism”. Senior citizens cannot. Plus, I don’t drink. So, if any of you young-hero FBI agents want to collect $100,000 for entrapping someone by claiming to have a neutron bomb, I’m probably not a good candidate.
Nevertheless, insofar as FBI agents stand to receive a $100,000 “bonus” every time they “find” a “real” group of “terrorists,” there is a powerful financial incentive for young-hero FBI agents to “find” “terrorists,” even where none actually exist.
According to the video there may be 15,000 young-hero FBI agents who are out there actively seeking “domestic terrorists” and/or $100,000 bonuses.
If I stood to collect $100,000 for every domestic terrorist I could find, and the FBI wasn’t too particular as to whether I found actual terrorists or merely fabricated some “terrorists,” how many do you suppose I could find?
Lessee, there’s uncle John–he’s got a temper problem and has spoken out against the government for years. There’s cousin Bobby (he’s never actually said anything against the government, but he’s got that “look”–y’know what I’m talkin’ about?). And then there’s my ex-wives and their lawyers–now, if those people aren’t terrorists, who is? For $100,000 each, even I might become a young-hero FBI agent.
When it comes to finding (or fabricating) terrorists, America is a target-rich environment. Especially if every “find” can earn $100,000.