Coming as it does from the Rolling Stone, I wouldn’t vouch for it in the least but with that caveat, let’s do this thing anyway:
Then, the night before the May Day Occupy protests, they allegedly put the plan into motion – and just as the would-be terrorists fiddled with the detonator they hoped would blow to smithereens a scenic bridge in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park traversed by 13,610 vehicles every day, the FBI swooped in to arrest them.
Right in the nick of time, just like in the movies. The authorities couldn’t have more effectively made the Occupy movement look like a danger to the republic if they had scripted it. Maybe that’s because, more or less, they did.
The guy who convinced the plotters to blow up a big bridge, led them to the arms merchant, and drove the team to the bomb site was an FBI informant. The merchant was an FBI agent. The bomb, of course, was a dud. And the arrest was part of a pattern of entrapment by federal law enforcement since September 11, 2001, not of terrorist suspects, but of young men federal agents have had to talk into embracing violence in the first place. One of the Cleveland arrestees, Connor Stevens, complained to his sister of feeling “very pressured” by the guy who turned out to be an informant and was recorded in 2011 rejecting property destruction: “We’re in it for the long haul and those kind of tactics just don’t cut it,” he said. “And it’s actually harder to be non-violent than it is to do stuff like that.” Though when Cleveland’s NEWS Channel 5 broadcast that footage, they headlined it “Accused Bomb Plot Suspect Caught on Camera Talking Violence.”
In all these law enforcement schemes the alleged terrorists masterminds end up seeming, when the full story comes out, unable to terrorize their way out of a paper bag without law enforcement tutelage. (“They teach you how to make all this stuff out of simple household items,” one of the kids says on a recording quoted in the FBI affidavit about a book he has just discovered, The Anarchist Cookbook. Someone asks him how much it says explosives cost. “I’m not sure,” he responds, “I just downloaded it last night.”) It’s a perfect example of how post-9/11 fear made law enforcement tactics seem acceptable that were previously beyond the pale.
The NYT put it this way:
THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts.
But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.
My reading of that is not to decry it as guff – if CREEP could do such things in 1972, why can’t the Feds today – but to point to the corollaries and implications. I keep coming back forever to the point that NIST lied over WTC7, that an independent enquiry has been refused multiple times, hoping it will all go away and all pro-admin shills on the internet can say is that “an administration would not do such things” and “there’s no need for an independent enquiry because it’s not true”, the very thing an independent enquiry is meant to establish or not.
It’s little different to the David Kelly whitewash and the 70 year rule. Humans truly are tribal and when one of their own tribe is accused of something, they close ranks and say nah, he’s one of us. Interestingly, that was how Kim Philby got away with it for so long – he was “one of us”, wasn’t he?
If I can accept that Bush, Reagan, Thatcher and the administrations did questionable things, that the Queen is highly questionable and that Sarkozy is an EU shill, then perhaps the left liberals can finally accept that the Frankfurt School was not just another bunch of philosophers, that the Lincoln School was not just another experimental school and that there is a certain malice at work here, backed by money.
Perhaps we can all accept, as in the love generation of the 60s and the lost generation of the 70s, that we were sold a dummy, played for fools, that the music we’ve grown up with and have loved has more sinister aspects to it than meet the eye and that special interests were involved in its rapid dissemination. If you accept the principle that the FBI and other bodies do do the things they’re accused of above, then it opens up a whole new vista before you.
As an OoL admin said some time back, in as many words: “I don’t want to start down that path.”
That’s fair but if you do start down that path, you know the probable conclusions, don’t you?