Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Successful Anti-Terrorism

Glenn Greenwald writes an article on Salon magazine that explains just why the FBI is so successful at thwarting terrorist attacks within the US:
The FBI has received substantial criticism over the past decade — much of it valid — but nobody can deny its record of excellence in thwarting its own Terrorist plots. Time and again, the FBI concocts a Terrorist attack, infiltrates Muslim communities in order to find recruits, persuades them to perpetrate the attack, supplies them with the money, weapons and know-how they need to carry it out — only to heroically jump in at the last moment, arrest the would-be perpetrators whom the FBI converted, and save a grateful nation from the plot manufactured by the FBI.


None of these cases entail the FBI’s learning of an actual plot and then infiltrating it to stop it. They all involve the FBI’s purposely seeking out Muslims (typically young and impressionable ones) whom they think harbor animosity toward the U.S. and who therefore can be induced to launch an attack despite having never taken even a single step toward doing so before the FBI targeted them.
Sounds like a recipe for "sure fire success" to me. I think the FBI should start a similar program in bank robbing, presidential assassination, and urban rioting. They could be on a real roll with this new & improved FBI technique!

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