Saturday, May 23, 2009

FBI Blows It: Supposed Terror Plot Against NY Synagogues Is Bogus

FBI Blows It: Supposed Terror Plot Against NY Synagogues Is Bogus


By Robert Dreyfuss,

The Nation

May 23, 2009.


Turns out it is really the handiwork of a creepy FBI

informant. The story strengthens the narrative that the

"homeland" is under attack. It's not.


By the now, it's maddeningly familiar. A scary

terrorist plot is announced. Then it's revealed that

the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne'er-do-wells or

run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection

to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda.

Finally, the last piece of the puzzle: the entire plot

is revealed to have been cooked up by a scummy

government agent-provocateur.


I've seen this movie before.


In this case, the alleged perps -- Onta Williams, James

Cromitie, David Williams, and Laguerre Payen -- were

losers, ex-cons, drug addicts. Al Qaeda they're not.

Without the assistance of the agent who entrapped them,

they would never have dreamed of committing political

violence, nor would they have had the slightest idea

about where to acquire plastic explosives or a Stinger

missile. That didn't stop prosecutors from acting as if

they'd captured Osama bin Laden himself. Noted the Los Angeles Times:


    Prosecutors called it the latest in a string of

    homegrown terrorism plots hatched after Sept. 11.


    "It's hard to envision a more chilling plot,"

    Assistant U.S. Atty. Eric Snyder said in court

    Thursday. He described all four suspects as "eager

    to bring death to Jews."


Actually, it's hard to imagine a stupider, less

competent, and less important plot. The four losers

were ensnared by a creepy FBI agent who hung around the

mosque in upstate New York until he found what he was

looking for. Here's the New York Times account:


    Salahuddin Mustafa Muhammad, the imam at the mosque

    where the authorities say the confidential

    informant first encountered the men, said none of

    the men were active in the mosque. ...


    Mr. Cromitie was there last June, and he met a



    He had no way of knowing that the stranger's path

    to the mosque began in 2002, when he was arrested

    on federal charges of identity theft. He was

    sentenced to five years' probation, and became a

    confidential informant for the F.B.I. He began

    showing up at the mosque in Newburgh around 2007,

    Mr. Muhammad said.


    The stranger's behavior aroused the imam's

    suspicions. He invited other worshipers to meals,

    and spoke of violence and jihad, so the imam said

    he steered clear of him.


    "There was just something fishy about him," Mr.

    Muhammad said. Members "believed he was a

    government agent."


    Mr. Muhammad said members of his congregation told

    him the man he believed was the informant offered

    at least one of them a substantial amount of money

    to join his "team."


So a creepy thug buttonholes people at a mosque,

foaming at the mouth about violence and jihad? This is

law enforcement? Just imagine if someone did this at a

local church, or some synagogue. And the imam says the

people "believed he was a government agent."


Preying on these losers, none of whom were apparently

actual Muslims, the "confidential informant"

orchestrated the acquisition of a disabled Stinger

missile to shoot down military planes and cooked up a

wild scheme about attacking a Jewish center in the Bronx.


It gets even more pathetic:


    The only one of the four suspects who appears to

    have aroused any suspicion was Payen, a Haitian

    native who attended the Newburgh mosque. Assistant

    imam Hamid Rashada said his dishevelment and odd

    behavior disturbed some members, said the assistant

    imam, Hamid Rashada.


    When Payen appeared in court, defense attorney

    Marilyn Reader described him as "intellectually

    challenged" and on medication for schizophrenia.

    The Associated Press said that when he was asked if

    he understood the proceedings, Payen replied: "Sort of."


Despite the pompous statements from Mayor Bloomberg of

New York and other politicians, including

Representative Peter King, the whole story is bogus.

The four losers may have been inclined to violence, and

they may have harbored a virulent strain of anti-

Semitism. But it seems that the informant whipped up

their violent tendencies and their hatred of Jews,

cooked up the plot, incited them, arranged their

purchase of weapons, and then had them busted. To

ensure that it made headlines, the creepy informant

claimed to be representing a Pakistani extremist group,

Jaish-e Muhammad, a bona fide terrorist organization.

He wasn't, of course.


It is disgusting and outrageous that the FBI is sending

provocateurs into mosques.


The headlines reinforce the very fear that Dick Cheney

is trying to stir up. The story strengthens the

narrative that the "homeland" is under attack. It's

not. As I've written repeatedly, since 9/11 not a

single American has even been punched in the nose by an

angry Muslim, as far as I can tell. Plot after plot --

the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge! bombing the New

York Subways! taking down the Sears Tower! bombing the

Prudential building in Newark! -- proved to be utter nonsense.



No comments: