by Ian Mosley
An article on Firstlook.org reports: “The Justice Department on Wednesday issued a press release trumpeting its latest success in disrupting a domestic terrorism plot, announcing that ‘the Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested a Cincinnati-area man for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials.’ The alleged would-be terrorist is 20-year-old Christopher Cornell, who is unemployed, lives at home, spends most of his time playing video games in his bedroom, still addresses his mother as “Mommy” and regards his cat as his best friend; he was described as ‘a typical student’ and ‘quiet but not overly reserved’ by the principal of the local high school he graduated in 2012.”
“‘The affidavit filed by an FBI investigative agent alleges Cornell had posted comments and information supportive of ISIS through Twitter accounts. The FBI learned about Cornell from an unnamed informant who, as the FBI put it, ‘began cooperating with the FBI in order to obtain favorable treatment with respect to his criminal exposure on an unrelated case.’”
So instead of entrapping the “terrorist” directly, the FBI apparently got someone with a felony hovering over his head (aka a snitch) to do it for them in exchange for a reduced sentence.
The article notes “Acting under the FBI’s direction, the informant arranged two in-person meetings with Cornell where they allegedly discussed an attack on the Capitol, and the FBI says it arrested Cornell to prevent him from carrying out the attack. Family members say Cornell converted to Islam just six months ago and claimed he began attending a small local mosque. Yet The Cincinnati Enquirer could not find a single person at that mosque who had ever seen him before, and noted that a young, white, recent convert would have been quite conspicuous at a mosque largely populated by immigrants from West Africa , many of whom speak little or no English.”
So the informant was lying about Cornell going to the mosque, which should raise questions about how much else the informant made up out of thin air. Did the would be “terrorist” even have the means to carry out an attack?
The article continues “The DOJ’s press release predictably generated an avalanche of scary media headlines hailing the FBI. CNN ‘FBI says plot to attack U.S. Capitol was ready to go.’ MSNBC: ‘ US terror plot foiled by FBI arrest of Ohio man.’ Wall Street Journal: ‘Ohio Man Charged With Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack on U.S. Capitol.’”
“Just as predictably, political officials instantly exploited the news to justify their powers of domestic surveillance… The known facts from this latest case seem to fit well within a now-familiar FBI pattern whereby the agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots.”
Any “terrorist” organization that has a website or recruits people on the Internet based on their Twitter comments is almost certainly a US government operation to capture the dumbest of the dumb prospective terrorists.
While these American Muslim terrorists may seem like ridiculous losers to us, keep in mind that the Feds have used the same exact tactics against the far-right in America. There’s a rule of thumb in the far right wing that anyone who shows up talking about machine guns and illegal activities is 99 percent likely a government agent looking for someone to entrap.