Yet Another Person Guilty of Terrorism After Being Set Up by the FBI

635856964136094792-FBI-flagBy Derrick Broze

In April 2015, 20-year-old John T. Booker Jr. was arrested after he attempted to build a bomb made with inert materials provided by the FBI. Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, believed he was building a 1,000-pound car bomb to attack Fort Riley, Kansas.

Booker was unaware that the bomb was fake and the two men he believed were working with Daesh (ISIS) were actually FBI informants. Booker recently plead guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion and now faces 30 years in prison.

“If this defendant had succeeded, American soldiers would have died,” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement. “The investigators and the attorneys who worked on this case were our line of defense against terrorism. They kept us safe.”


However, an examination of Booker’s case reveals the usual patterns we see in terror cases involving the FBI. Booker was part of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at his high school before being recruited by the U.S. Army in February 2014. Shortly after the FBI received a complaint that Booker had posted on Facebook about his intention to commit a jihadist suicide mission.

When the FBI called Booker in for an interview he admitted to enlisting the Army with plans to commit an attack against American soldiers similar to the attack committed by Major Nidal Hassan at Fort Hood, Texas. Booker claimed he was not going to kill “privates” but rather someone with power and status. So what did the FBI do with this information? They denied him entry to the military and let him go.

Rather than taking Booker into a hospital where he might get treatment for his violent fantasies the FBI began monitoring him, and in October 2014 sent in a FBI informant known as Confidential Human Source (CHS 1). Booker told CHS 1 he wanted to fight for Daesh and help bring the war home to America. CHS 1 introduced Booker to CHS 2 who he believed was a recruiter for Daesh. Booker claimed he was inspired by the man known as Jihadi Joe and wanted to carry out a suicide bomber mission using a truck bomb.

For several months CHS 1 and 2 worked with Booker in planning out this fake bombing. They drove him to nearby military airfields and bases to help him film propaganda videos where he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the purported leader of Daesh. In March 2015, CHS 1 told Booker he had been selected for a suicide mission. CHS 1 helped Booker acquire all the components he would need to make an improvised explosive device (IED).

On April 8, 2015, the components were moved to a second storage unit where CHS 2 was waiting. Booker circled potential targets on a map of Fort Riley and filmed another propaganda video in front of the materials that he believed were explosive. On April 10, 2015, Booker met with CHS 1 and 2 in a van that supposedly contained the IED. After driving to a gate that he believed would allow him to enter the base undetected, Booker was arrested while connecting the final pieces of the fake bomb.

One has to ask if Booker would have ever had the means to play terrorist and live out his deranged fantasies without the help of the FBI. We also must ask what would have happened if the FBI had intervened in the interest of Booker’s mental health rather than pursuing another conviction? Unfortunately, what ever really happened between Booker and the informants will likely never be made public due to the agreements of the plea deal.

According to court documents,

The defendant waives all rights, whether asserted directly or by a representative, to request or receive from any department or agency of the United States any records pertaining to the investigation or prosecution of this case, including, without limitation, any records that may be sought under the Freedom of Information Act.

Despite the secrecy, in recent years the FBI has caught much flak for their role in entrapment and the outright creation of so-called terrorists. A 2011 report by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkley has shown that the FBI infiltrates communities where they suspect individuals who are “terrorist minded” to be engaging with others. In this program, the agents are sent into communities to converse and find suspects that could possibly carry out “lone wolf” attacks. The agents then set about encouraging them to plan an attack.

The FBI will provide the funds, the weapons, the supposed connections and the plan, only later to arrest the suspects they strung along and call them terrorists. The report also states that of the over 500 terrorism-related cases, almost half involved the use of informants. Many of these worked for the FBI in exchange for money or to escape their own criminal charges.

The actions of the FBI have even prompted The New York Times to comment on the topic. In an article entitled, “Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.“, Writer David Shipler asked:

This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones? Judging by their official answers, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are sure of themselves — too sure, perhaps.

One of the most well-known cases of FBI entrapment involves the former Texas-based activist and current FBI informant as well as Brandon Darby, an editor at Breitbart Texas. Darby’s story has been covered extensively in articles and in two documentaries, Informant and Better This World, which detail his role helping the FBI arrest young activists David McKay and Bradley Crowder during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.

Darby was a prominent activist around the Austin community and helped in the early days of the Common Ground Collective’s relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Exact details as to when Darby became an informant for the FBI are murky, but we know that by early 2007 he had begun providing the bureau with details on possible acts of violence.

McKay and Crowder were both from the west Texas oil town of Midland and had no protest experience prior to the 2008 Republican National Convention. Upon meeting Darby at a planning meeting for the RNC, the pair said they were encouraged to do more than sit and talk – particularly as Darby told them he wanted to “shut the fucker down.” A plan developed to create makeshift shields for use during the protests. However, upon arrival in St. Paul, Minn., the group’s trailer was raided and the shields taken by police. Shortly after, McKay and Crowder decided to buy supplies to make Molotov cocktails.

But the next morning the pair decided against using the Molotovs and left them behind, stored in a basement. Darby and McKay reportedly discussed throwing the firebombs in a police parking lot, but McKay decided against, texting Darby, “I’m just not feeling the vibe on the street,” and instead he went to bed. After Darby repeatedly texted the sleeping McKay, police raided his room and arrested him at 5 a.m., only hours before he was scheduled to fly home.

“The reality is, when we woke up the next day, neither one of us wanted to use them,” Crowder told Mother Jones. Crowder and McKay were both eventually convicted for making Molotov cocktails, and received two-year and four-year jail terms, respectively. (Both men have served their time and been released.) As word of their arrests began to spread, so did suspicion that Darby was an informant. Only a small group of people were aware of the Molotov plan, and Darby became a prime suspect. Two months later, Darby admitted his involvement with the feds. “The simple truth,” he wrote on Indymedia.org, “is that I have chosen to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Darby has since gone on to become a celebrated hero to some and a traitor to many more. His case, however, isn’t the first time the FBI has used an informant within activist groups to make arrests.

We also have the case of the Cleveland 5. In October 2011, the FBI sent an unnamed informant, known as a confidential human source, or CHS, to infiltrate Occupy Cleveland in hopes of finding potential “terrorists.” The FBI sent in a career criminal convicted of at least six charges, including robbery, to investigate the Occupy group and “potential criminal activity and threats involving anarchists who would be attending.” The CHS found five men with anti-government sentiments and began encouraging them to consider various acts of terrorism.

Under the encouragement of the CHS the group plotted to blow up a bridge in Ohio on April 30, 2012. The CHS reportedly took the men from discussing knocking down bank signs to discussing buying C4 explosives, promising them fake license plates and alibis to soothe their fears of being arrested and sent to Guantanamo. The CHS repeatedly pressed the men to consider buying the explosives in the weeks leading up to the arrest. One of the 5, Connor Stevens, was actually recorded rejecting violent tactics, saying, “It’s actually harder to be non-violent than it is to do stuff like that.”

Eventually, though, the group was persuaded to buy explosives and upon attempting to make use of the dummy explosives, which had been provided by another FBI informant, they were arrested. The men received sentences ranging from six to 11 years.

What are your thoughts? Is the U.S. government “creating” terrorists to justify the continuation of the War on Terror?

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is a news editor for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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  • deeno4

    I’m against entrapment generally, but it sounds like they did a good job on the 1st one there, normally the official narrative is so painfully transparent it’s easy to side with the sucker. I know I’m only hearing their story, but if indeed he admitted to joining the army with intent, he had enough drive on his own to commit mayhem. A rare “well done, sir” to the FBI, not something I often do.

    • sharkboy

      So, you don’t believe in mental sickness?

      • deeno4

        sure I had questions about his mental capacity, but what would your position be if they just cut him loose and he went on his own to blow something up, and it came out they did nothing about it? they had no actual crime to charge him with, just a probably well rationalized wish to harm big brass, probably short of a mental health warrant. how do you propose they SHOULD have dealt with him? this doesn’t seem to be the usual “cause something to happen that NEVER would have otherwise” situation, but a clear impending threat with few options to manage it. he had made substantial steps toward a violent goal ON HIS OWN (that we know of). and again this is accepting this articles slant on the FBI’s narrative. I still say job well done

        • sharkboy

          Ijust felt that ignorant people in America say things that damage the way we look to the rest of the world all the time. So to have an ignorant American that would have been killed by the people he sought after joining because he called them the wrong name. It also might have actually sent a better message to the rest of the “american” idiots who want to join based off of what the media says about them(ISIS).

  • mooney7

    Timely article, but you forgot to mention the FBI’s first attempt at bombing the world trade center, when they tried to get some Muslim priest involved. Unfortunately he was somewhat more intelligent than the morons they target now and he taped their conversations. A large press blackout on the matter followed, of course.

  • Dio Jones

    Well if it had been real then what? If you unknowing build a fake bomb then dollars to donuts says you would be willing to build the real thing…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

    • sharkboy

      chances are, if you don’t know its a fake bomb, you probably can’t put together a real bomb… just saying

  • Mudhole

    This case is regrettable, but FBI involvement in the Shooting Hoaxes is a far more important story. The FBI was neck deep in the Boston Marathon Bombing Hoax, Sandy Hook, the Isla Vista Hoax, The San Bernardino Hoax, and likely the rest of them as well. This the the BIG story- not the case of one mentally confused loser, but of an on-going and comprehensive effort by evil men to lie their way to gun control.

    • sharkboy

      Whole-hearted agreement on this.

      -Boston marathon reporting was like the 9/11 wtc building 7 being announced to have fallen before it actually did. I forget how it happened chronologically but the news reported there was one bomber, then two, they had them in custody, then they were in pursuit. I wont even go into the fact that they used more than 1 picture from a “deceased teacher” at sandy hook as a victim of the boston bombing.

      -San bernardino all the witnesses said (3) 6′ tall white men with tatoos, a black SUV and body armor shot up the place; The police arrest a male and female muslim couple in a station wagon.

      -James holmes shooting up the movie theater, All witnesses say there were two shooters. None of the witnesses described the man as having red hair(James holmes had). The police fin TWO gas masks used in the shooting because the shooter(s) had tear gassed the theater(two cans of gas coming from both sides of movie theater). “He entered from the door behind the screen, someone was holding it open.”

      All in all if you pay attention you’ll find that “they” don’t [pay attention]. Not only does it bother me that they are too stupid to clean up behind themselves but its basically a slap in the face to the citizens of the nation they are “protecting and serving”

    • philip.dennany

      And you can bet the undercover sobs get big time pay from our tax paid US covert intelligence agency that contract them for the jobs.

  • Sgt. York

    If we were to make any offence that involved terrorism attempts or attempt a death penelty period. If the FBI was involved they to are as guilty asc the initial offender getting a 30 yr. prison sentence. This we gonna help you just gives them into as well as more desire to bomb America

    • philip.dennany

      The sap that was sucked into the crime should get punishment, but the FBI agents that entrapped the young sucker should get very serious punishment more than the youth that was entrapped, and probably would not have harmed anyone except for the trap.

  • Sgt. York

    Make terrorism a death penelty

  • reagangs

    Sounds like the JEH administration back in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Chuck14od

    I highly recommend the documentary ‘A Noble Lie’ about the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Which was shortly after the first World Trade Center bombing completely proven through FOI documents as created and set up by the FBI. There’s no doubt that law enforcement agencies, and in particular Federal but also state, county, and local, find that in order to perpetuate the ‘need’ for them and their ever expanding demands for larger budgets, if they cannot find real criminals/terrorists then it becomes in their best, self serving interests, to create them.

  • w.Schuler

    Yawn! Yawn! Please google “New U.S. Covert Agency to “Stimulate” terrorists” Counter punch Nov.1.2002
    And please do not forget the first WTC bombing more than 20 years ago. Any “terrorist” able to read and think, would never go into such a trap. If he does, he is so terribly stupid, he must be considered as harmless anyway.
    Such as the Portland Christmas bomber. And the Boston bombing. Black powder??? Haha. I used it to blow up mouse holes back in 1961. Boston was Hollywood pure. Never seen such a lot of fake blood.

  • A concerned american

    What do muslims expect? With a name like mohammed they’re all suspect. Will mohammed stand up please? They’ll all stand up and renounce the USA! And if someone gave me material to make a bomb, I would call the local police our FBI and give the material to them.

  • mabera19

    What about the guy in the WH!!!!

  • LaRae Bailey

    I THINK THE FBI HAD A TRAITOR ON THE INSIDE AT THE BUNDY AND FINICUM COMPOUND TOO, WHICH IS WHY THE FBI HAD TO KILL HIM ON A DARK DESERTED ROAD WHEN THEY KNEW HE WAS UNARMED

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