@@ Fake terrorism: FBI entrapment operation COINTELPRO @@

Another Day in the Empire
August 29, 2005

Fake Terrorism: FBI Entrapment in Lodi

By Kurt Nimmo

In America, according to the government, there are al-Qaeda [al-CIA-duh] sleeper
cells at the ready, waiting patiently for orders from the dead Osama bin Laden to
unleash murderous vengeance against unsuspecting infidels. It's a Hollywood scenario
that bears little resemblance to reality but effectively scares the dickens out of
tremulous Americans who believe the patently absurd nonsense fed to them by a
treacherous government and its corporate media handmaiden.

Last year we learned that the FBI had entrapped two men with "suspected al Qaeda
links" in Albany, New York, in a money-laundering scheme to buy a shoulder-fired
missile (if we are to believe this, you can buy a missile on a nearby street corner
from the same guy who sells meth http://counterpunch.org/nimmo08092004.html), and
then there was Ilyas Ali, a Minnesota man accused of pedaling hashish and heroin so
he might buy Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and sell them to al-CIA-duh (as it turns
out, Ali had said nothing about missiles, but the FBI did

More recently, Shahawar Matin Siraj and James Elshafay, two New York Muslims, were
entrapped by the FBI in a cooked up plot to attack the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and
subway stations at Herald Square near Macy's and next to Bloomingdale's on
Manhattan's East Side. http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nye/pr/2004aug28.htm

Now it turns out Hamid and Umer Hayat, ballyhooed as al-Qaeda terrorists, suffered
the same sort of entrapment tactics as other alleged al-Qaeda bad guys. "In the days
after federal agents arrested five residents of Lodi [California] in a terror
investigation in June, a clean-cut young man who had befriended the suspects and had
spent nights at their homes vanished", reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "He
hasn't been seen in town since, and now members of Lodi's Muslim community suspect
they know why: The man, who called himself Nasim Khan, was a government mole, they
believe, an informer whose surreptitious tape recordings of one of the suspects are
at the heart of the federal probe.... The 'witness' appears to be critical to the
case. Prosecutors are using him in an attempt to connect Hamid Hayat to terrorism,
while defense attorneys and some community members -- who say he was an aggressive
provocateur in conversations -- are trying to find out more about him. Whether he is
a civilian informant or an undercover agent could affect what information the defense
is entitled to receive".

In other words, the only thing sleeping with alleged al-Qaeda sleeper cells is their
better judgment.

None of this is new or should it be considered especially surprising. In the 1960s
and early 70s, the FBI ran an illegal subversion and spook operation called
COINTELPRO. It specialized in the art of inserting agents provocateurs in legal and
well-meaning antiwar and civil rights movements.

Many of these so-called "counterintelligence techniques" (i.e., subverting the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights) involved the use of paid informants. Informants
became agents provocateurs by raising controversial issues at meetings to take
advantage of ideological divisions, by promoting enmity with other groups, or by
inciting the group to violent acts, even to the point of providing them with weapons,
as a document submitted to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights by Mary Robinson
at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, detailed.

The results of COINTELPRO "were immediate and devastating," writes Earl Ofari
Hutchinson. "Thousands were expelled from schools, lost jobs, evicted from their
homes, and offices, and publicly slandered. Few of these individuals were indicted,
convicted or even accused of any crimes.

FBI documents released in 1976 revealed that the agency devoted less than twenty
percent of its spy activities to organized crime, solving bank robberies, murders,
rapes and interstate theft. More than half of its spy targets were political
organizations," not surprisingly since the FBI's sole purpose is to go after
political enemies.

In the current context, the aim is not so much to wreck the personal lives of people,
although this is certainly a byproduct, but rather to create the impression,
amplified by the corporate media (serving as the Bush Ministry of Propaganda), to
convince somnolent Americans that the enemy is inside the gates and poised to attack.

It does not matter that the FBI and the Justice Department do not have a case against
Hamid and Umer Hayat, or that their star witness has disappeared. The mission was
accomplished in June when the story first broke and headlines emblazoned across the
corporate media warned of Muslims terrorists in the heartland of America, thus
spreading and kindling paranoia and fear of fake and completely unsubstantiated
terrorism. It is entirely of secondary importance what happens to Hamid and Umer
Hayat, who seem to be guilty of only saying the wrong things to the wrong people.