In the Cleveland and Chicago cases, the FBI is so desperate to manufacture terrorists it is now netting children.
*gasp* Monsters! How old are these poor little mites?
Five? Seven? Twelve?
The Cleveland Five – Brandon Baxter, 20; Anthony Hayne, 35; Joshua Stafford, 23; Connor Stevens, 20; and Douglas Wright, 26 …
… were allegedly goaded by a criminal on the FBI dime who said “I could show you” how to take down a bridge, led them to the bridge, told them taking it out “would cost the corporate big wigs a lot of money”, secured inoperable C4 explosives provided by an undercover agent, and then warned them they are “on the hook” for it. The informant also provided them with jobs, money, a place to live, a friendly ear, beer, pot and the prescription stimulant Adderall.
Well, yes. That’s how sting operations work.
All that needs to happen for people not to be stung is for them to…not take enthusiastic part in plotting to blow up a bridge, right?
This case was a familiar set-up in which the FBI fishes for dupes it can manipulate with informants and agents who stroke their marks, plant ideas, suggest the plans, provide money, weapons, vehicles and then heroically foil a terrorist act of the FBI’s own design. Since September 11, scores of these entrapment cases have been sprung on Muslims in America. It appears the Occupy Wall Street movement is now worthy of the same treatment.
Well, given the disruption, the mess, the inconvenience and the increasing freakishness of their so-called ‘movement’, I’m not entirely surprised.
In Cleveland friends and family describe the boys – which everyone calls them – as lost souls who had found hope in the Occupy movement. Lea Tolls, a 46-year-old self-described “Occu-mom,” says: “They are angry. Some have mental illnesses, and there is alcoholism and abuse in their families.”
They’ll fit right in with the drug-addled wasters and loons of ‘Occupy’ then!
Prior to the arrests, all five except Doug Wright lived at a dilapidated brick warehouse, dubbed “the Fortress,” which Occupy Cleveland had leased as a crash pad. In mid-May I visited the warehouse on a dead-end street and was immediately assaulted by pungent toilets, stale cigarette smoke, soiled dishes, tinny rock music, crude political graffiti and dank youth slumbering in the mid-day heat.
Ah, yes. Clearly, that’s a group to put your hope in…
Zachy, a lanky 21-year-old with crudely shorn blonde hair, spilled the beans on the scene. “A lot of us had never lived in a communal situation. This was the first time living away from our parents. Dishes were always a fight. We’re a bunch of uneducated kids.”
You don’t say…
But that doesn’t mean you’re not a threat. Does it?
As a half dozen people hand rolled and smoked cigarettes, I asked them what the Cleveland Five were capable of on their own. The answer was spray painting graffiti.
And yet…you were quite willing, once someone else offered to do the heavy lifting for you, to go that bit further, weren’t you?
Lea Tolls calls the five “boys playing cowboys and Indians with fireworks and spray paint. They were trying to empower themselves and passionately wanted to change their world. Instead of helping them, the FBI targets them for something nefarious and violent. It’s just disgusting that the government uses them towards this end.”
The government couldn’t have ‘used them’ if they had just said no.
It would be easy to conclude the FBI and the government is out of control. It’s not. It is fully in control. It’s in control of a media that rarely questions the war on terror. It’s in control of a public that willingly sheds rights for the never-ending war. And it’s in control of an apparatus that turns children into terrorists.
Come back when you have some actual children, not adults who’d rather behave that way because they’ve found it excuses anything with some of the hard-of-thinking…