This story is interesting. The FBI claims that they stopped a “terrorist plot”.
The problem is that the “terrorist” was totally set up by the FBI. They gave him a “bomb”. They encouraged him. The victim may not have tried to blow up a building, if he didn’t receive support and encouragement from the FBI.
This leads to the old joke
Q: How do you identify the undercover cop in your group?
A: He’s the guy telling you to blow up stuff and murder people!
What actually happened?
Victim: I’m disgruntled.
FBI Agent #1: You should blow up a building!
FBI Agent #2: That’ll show them!
Victim: I’m not sure.
FBI Agent #1: I’ll help you get a bomb!
FBI Agent #2: Go for it! You’ll be a hero!
Victim: OK. I’ll do it.
Terrorist: I want to blow up a building.
FBI Agent #1: That’s a bad idea! You’ll hurt innocent people!
FBI Agent #2: You should see a therapist for your anger problem.
Scenario #2 is what police should do. They really should be helping people. Instead, they’re setting someone up for a high-profile arrest.
Scenario #1 might be what actually happened. The guy was encouraged by the police. Is the victim really a terrorist? He’s probably a fool who got tricked by the FBI. He might have never tried a violent crime, if the FBI didn’t encourage him.
If the victim was a disgruntled lonely person, the undercover FBI agents may have been his only real friends. They pretended to be his friend, just so they could set him up as a terrorist.
Incidents like this stink. The police set someone up for a high-profile arrest. The police will selectively show evidence against the victim. They won’t show all the support and encouragement they gave the victim. Really, judges and juries should throw out stupid entrapment setups. The victim will probably plea-bargain.
It’s also disgusting the way the mainstream media reports this story. They say “This guy was a dangerous terrorist! Hooray for the State! All that spying we do is worth it!” instead of “WTF? This is entrapment. That guy may never have tried a violent crime, if he wasn’t encouraged by the FBI.”
The victim isn’t guilty of a real crime. He was playing terrorism games with undercover police.