The FBI has embarked on an unusual approach to ensure that the United States is secure from future terrorist attacks. The agency has developed a network of nearly 15,000 spies to infiltrate various Muslim communities in an attempt to uncover terrorist plots. However, these moles are actually assisting and encouraging people to commit crimes. Many such informants receive cash rewards of up to $100,000 for each case.
While the FBI is claiming that they have achieved great success in the war on terror, they appear to be manipulating and entrapping Muslim Americans by implicating them in crimes that they may not necessarily have pursued had they not been cajoled or coerced by the aggressive agents. The majority of the men who have been accused by the FBI of plotting terrorist crimes have limited resources and capabilities and little understanding of the Islamic religion. People in Islamic communities nationwide are also being racially profiled and targeted by the FBI. Some legal experts also contend that the FBI’s activities cultivating would-be terrorists constitute entrapment.
The FBI is fabricating acts of terror in what appears to be a scheme to impress the general public by supposedly bringing terrorists to justice. In doing so they are dedicating time and resources towards something that, in the end, isn’t necessarily making our country any safer. Americans have a right to know what is going on beneath the surface and behind the scenes of such operations.
Article Title: The Informants.” Mother Jones September-October 2011. Mother Jones
Author: Trevor Aaronson
Article Title: Fake Terror Plots, Paid Informants: The Tactics of FBI “Entrapment” Questioned
Author: Paul Harris
Student Researcher: Mercedes Coppin, Florida Atlantic University
Faculty Advisor: James F. Tracy, Florida Atlantic University