Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

FBI sting operations are entrapments

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on September 4, 2013

Some time ago, I put myself on the Stratfor think tank’s mailing list. I even read a few of their analyses of current events, which proved to be ultra-conservative. (No surprises there!) In one, I found the following statement:

“…law enforcement and intelligence officials . . . have developed very effective programs of identifying grassroots operatives and drawing them into sting operations.”

to which I replied as follows:

But can they, in all cases, be described as “grassroots operatives” at the time they are initially approached by the FBI? I suspect that, in some cases, they are confused, simple-minded, or mentally unbalanced people who succumb to the persuasive talk of the FBI agent and “buy” his plot. The “operative” accepts equipment from the agent and dutifully follows his instructions, and is then arrested. The FBI agent then poses as a savior of society. But is he? Would the “operative” have attempted to commit a terrorist act if he had not been approached, and entrapped, by the agent? That is the question that has to be asked, but which your article does not address.

Your analysis of “radicalization” is also deficient. One does not have to be radicalized by “jihadist ideology” or by higher “tiers” of some jihadist structure. All one has to do is read the news – the daily reports of thousands of innocent people being dispossessed, tortured and killed by the Americans in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere as they pursue their bogus “war on terror”, which is actually designed to advance American interests abroad and stifle dissent at home. Actually, the Americans are hypocritical, as they are happy to support al-Qaeda elements when the objectives of those elements coincide with America’s, as in Afghanistan (in the 1980s), Libya and Syria. It is not for nothing that al-Qaeda has been called “America’s foreign legion”. As Tony Cartalucci has pointed out, al-Qaeda, to the Americans, is both ally and “perpetual casus belli”. America must have a perpetual casus belli, because it doesn’t make much, these days, apart from weapons, and it doesn’t do much, and can’t do much, except wage war. It is only with its military that it can compete with China, which is probably its ultimate enemy.

And the police puppy thought he was such a big dog

Posted in new zealand, united states by Blimp deflator on July 5, 2012

Police puppy's leash cut
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of June 29, 2012.

The FBI’s bid to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to the United States suffered a setback last month, when Justice Helen Winkelmann said the warrants used when more than 90 officers stormed Dotcom’s home and other properties in January were too broadly cast, “lacking adequate specificity as to the offence”.

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Assassination contracts: Let us quote, says Obama

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on October 26, 2011

Assassination contracts: Let us quote, says Obama
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 15, 2001.

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