Cleveland anarchist bomb plot aided and abetted by the FBI | Arun Gupta | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

I’m beginning t wonder if the FBI have foiled any terrorism plots that they didn’t instigate, encourage and entrap.

Shaquille Azir, a paid FBI informant with a 20-year criminal record, facilitated every step in the plot. Azir molded the five’s childish bravado and drunken fantasies into terrorism. He played father figure to the lost men, providing them with jobs, housing, beer and drugs. Every time the scheme threatened to collapse into gutterpunk chaos, he kept it on track. FBI tapes reveal Azir led the brainstorming of targets, showed them bridges to case out, pushed them to buy C-4 military-grade explosives, provided the contact for weapons, gave them money for the explosives and demanded they develop a plan because “we on the hook” for the weapons.

This case could have put on trial the post-September 11 strategy of “preventative prosecution”, in which the FBI dispatches provocateurs to infiltrate targeted religious and political groups to see what they can stir up

Cleveland anarchist bomb plot aided and abetted by the FBI | Arun Gupta | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

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