Posted: February 15th, 2013 by Militant Libertarian
As unbelievable as it sounds, the nation’s premier domestic law enforcement agency is treating terrorism as a job-justification program, creating one phony “threat” after another to create cases out of thin air.
The latest case of what is nothing less than federal entrapment originates in Oakland, Calif., where the FBI announced Feb. 8 that another “bomb plot” had been foiled by agents. According to the East Bay Express newspaper, the supposed bomb was just a fake device that endangered no one because it never would have exploded.
According to federal court papers, the inert device was assembled by an undercover FBI agent and supplied to Matthew Adam Llaneza, 28, of San Jose, who is now facing charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, despite the fact that it never posed a threat to anyone.
In addition, the paper said, “the court documents also raise questions as to whether [Llaneza] had the wherewithal to plan and carry out a bomb attack were it not for help from the FBI.”
First, find the perfect fall guy…
The “case,” as it is, raises further suspicions among many observers that the FBI is manufacturing “terrorist” cases in order to either justify its existence or lay the groundwork for the adoption of oppressive federal measures at some point in the near future. Why else would the nation’s top domestic law enforcement agency feel the need to create these kinds of cases out of thin air?
The “suspect,” Llaneza, is the perfect fall guy for such an operation because a) he’s got a history of felonious behavior and mental illness and b) he is a military washout (Marine Corps). Throw in a little terrorist bomb plot conspiracy and voila, the FBI becomes a hero agency with incredible foresight and detection capabilities.
But just how did the FBI come by the “intelligence” pointing them to Llaneza as a potential terrorist? No one really says. The San Francisco Chronicle reported only that the FBI began tracking Llaneza after he served a short jail term in Santa Clara County, Calif.:
The FBI did not say how it first contacted Llaneza, but he had been subject to law enforcement monitoring since serving a jail sentence in the 2011 criminal case in San Jose involving assault weapons charges.
In April 2011, San Jose police were called to a trailer where Llaneza lived with his father, Steve, according to court records. Described as suicidal and combative, and shouting “Allahu akbar” – “God is great” – he was held for observation for 72 hours.
Two days later, his father told police he had found an AK-47 assault rifle and a 30-round extended ammunition clip in the trailer. Officers found two more 30-round clips and other items, including a military-style camouflage sniper suit.
Llaneza was not arrested immediately, but a judge ordered him into custody when he appeared in court in May 2011. He pleaded no contest five months later to transportation of an assault weapon and was sentenced to six years in jail, with all but one year suspended, after agreeing to seek mental treatment. With credit for good behavior, Llaneza was released on Nov. 30, 2011.
Would the culprits commit the act were it not for the FBI setting it up?
That is vague, to say the least, but somehow the FBI – out of thousands of criminal cases that occur every day – somehow managed to single out this would-be terrorist who would later, mysteriously, try to blow up an Oakland-area Bank of America branch using a car bomb.
“The sworn affidavit by FBI Special Agent Christopher Monika detailing Llaneza’s activities indicates the FBI played a hand in formulating the plot from start to finish, not only furnishing the inert chemicals used in the car bomb, but also renting the storage facility Llaneza and the undercover agent used to prepare the attack,” the East Bay Express reported.
This scenario has played out over and over again, with the FBI playing the role of hero after singling out genuine “terrorist suspects” from thousands of criminal profiles. Even media that is traditionally friendly to big government agencies have taken notice.
Writing in The New York Times in April 2012, David Shipler, author of “Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America,” wrote that a series of “narrow misses” have seemingly been averted over the past few years, allegedly thanks to the FBI – except that the agency hatched the plots itself.
“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… Without the FBI, would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones?”
We say no.