Lede: From the Michigan kidnapping plotters to the Portland occupiers to my own
brush with a sting, not much has changed since J. Edgar Hoover.
"The FBI's highest priority has remained preventing terrorist attacks before
they occur, including homegrown plots from domestic violent extremists."
- Craig Fair, special agent in charge, FBI San Francisco Field Office
Many Americans were shocked last year when the FBI released a statement saying
that a group of 13 Michigan men had plotted to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer
from her vacation home. The group, which called itself the Michigan Wolverines,
allegedly planned to storm the state capitol and Whitmer's vacation home as part
of an effort to instigate a civil war.
Several of them made Molotov cocktails, which they allegedly intended to throw
at responding police officers, and several others had weapons. They had spent
months conducting surveillance training and practicing with their weapons. As
many as 200 people were involved in the planning, either in meetings or in
conversations over Facebook.
The FBI's statement at the time of the group's arrest included accusations of
domestic terrorism, and the implication was that then-President Donald Trump had
created an atmosphere where white supremacist groups, domestic terrorists, and
haters of every stripe were able to operate freely in the U.S.
The trouble - for the plotters, anyway - was that the FBI was listening to their
every conversation and watching their every move. It was a set-up, and the
plotters had no idea. Last September, the men were all rounded up and charged
with a multitude of felonies.
What the FBI didn't say at the time was that at least a dozen participants in
the "plot" were FBI informants, while one of the plot's "planners" was an
active-duty FBI agent. The accused are now arguing in court that they were
entrapped. They likely were.
While the courts already have ruled in similar cases that that is not a defense,
it is the way the FBI does business. The FBI entraps hapless people all the
time, arrests them, charges them with domestic terrorism offenses or other
serious felonies, claims victory in the "war on domestic terrorism," and then
asks Congress for more money to entrap more people.
Another example of the way the FBI operates is the 2012 arrest of five "Occupy
Cleveland" activists for domestic terrorism. The group had several conversations
that went nowhere about how to topple the signs from the roofs of several banks
in downtown Cleveland, attacking an unidentified Ku Klux Klan location in rural
Ohio, and attacking the Cleveland Federal Reserve building.
Finally, one of the group's associates suggested blowing up the Route 82 bridge
with "plastic explosives," which, he said, could be manufactured using
bleach. He finally provided the five with $800 worth of plastic explosives,
bullet-proof vests and gas masks.
I'm sure you've guessed that the helpful activist was an FBI informant from the
very beginning. Blowing up the bridge was his idea. The bomb was a fake. And he
got off scot-free. Meanwhile, the "Cleveland Five," as they became known,
received sentences ranging from eight to 15 years in prison.
A similar thing happened in Portland, Oregon, in 2010. Three young Muslims met
at a Starbucks to discuss a plot to detonate a bomb in downtown Portland during
a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. They procured explosives, built the bomb,
planted it, and attempted to detonate it. It never went off, though, proving to
be inert. Why? Because one of the "three young Muslims" was an FBI agent.
-- Cont'd at https://consortiumnews.com/2021/07/27/john-kiriakou-the-same-fbi/