Saturday, August 13, 2016

F.B.I. Steps Up Use of Stings in ISIS Cases

Undercover operations are now used in about 2/3 of prosecutions involving people suspected of supporting the Islamic State.

Source: New York Times

In recent investigations from Florida to California, agents have helped people suspected of being extremists acquire weapons, scope out bombing targets and find the best routes to Syria to join the Islamic State, records show.

... since February 2015, about 40 of 60 Islamic State prosecutions, or 67 percent, have been based on undercover operations.

FBI Agent Goaded Garland Shooter to “Tear Up Texas,” Raising New Alarms About Bureau’s Methods

Source: The Intercept

... an undercover FBI agent encouraged a would-be terrorist to “Tear up Texas” shortly before he opened fire on a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas ...

... “Essentially, it suggests the government may be manufacturing the very threat it is supposed to be countering.”

... “But if you’re going to target potentially unstable, vulnerable individuals in undercover sting operations, you have to examine the potential consequences of having these types of discussions with them.”

... had they been more competent in their assault, the result could have been one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent U.S. history – an attack that was encouraged by the FBI.