Same story, new patsy. A 'lone wolf' American citizen becomes radicalized on the Internet, a paid "informant" escorts him to buy bomb-making material, and authorities arrest him in the nick of time to save us from a dangerous terrorist plot.
Reuters reports, "A U.S. citizen born in the Dominican Republic, (Jose) Pimentel was arrested on Saturday in a Manhattan apartment while putting the bomb together, police said. They called him a 'lone wolf' who had converted to Islam and became a radical."
New York City police said that Pimentel has been under surveillance for two-and-a-half years, since May 2009 and was monitored by a paid informant who helped him acquire materials for a bomb.
"The criminal complaint said a police informant recorded meetings with Pimentel over a period of months and accompanied him as he bought materials for the bomb..."
Although the police released the deranged and sordid details of the plot to applaud their investigative work, as usual "the information from the police could not be independently confirmed."
Once again, counter-terrorism heroes claim this new patsy to be a protege of American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was assassinated by a drone strike without formal charges or evidence provided by the White House.
Remember Fox News and others reported that al-Awlaki himself was a known government patsy who dined at the Pentagon with top military brass only a few months after September 11th. Therefore, it's fairly easy to assume that every time his name comes up, even postmortem, that the story is pure entrapment and terror propaganda.
Even the cartoonish plot where an Iranian-American was allegedly attempting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador involved an informant on the payroll of the U.S. Government. Attempts to link the car salesman perpetrator to the Iranian government in order to call for war were even more comical than the plot itself.
How many times are we going to read this exact story? The details are seemingly always in short supply and never independently verified, but the rhetoric is identical and half the article always refers to older cases as if to give credence to the same tired plot.
Even those in the mainstream media are calling BS on these staged arrests. Not too long ago, Geraldo Rivera schooled Bill O'Reilly about patsies and fake terror.
And as recently as last week, the Guardian ran an article exposing FBI entrapment cases of recent terror patsies where the same pattern of "the organisation, money, weapons and motivation for this plot did not come from real Islamic terrorists. It came from the FBI."
Despite the insincere nature of these terror plots, each time they make headlines they serve to echo the narrative that lone nuts are out to do harm to America; terrorists could be American citizens; and information on the Internet is a threat.
As hammered home by Reuters at the end of the article; "Counterterrorism officials in the United States and Europe say 'lone wolf' militants are of particular concern because they can become radicalized via the Internet and prepare for an attack without leaving traces that might draw attention."
Yet, it seems that if a genuine terror attack was ever successful in the future, we should not look into hunting down some shadowy terrorist organization in the Middle East, but rather find out which U.S. government agency provided the handler for the mentally-challenged patsy they blame it on.
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