FBI Entrapment Snares More Victims
FBI targets innocent people to heighten fear and facilitate Washington's imperial policies.
by Stephen Lendman
The latest plot involves five subjects allegedly planning to bomb a Cleveland area bridge. More on it below.
Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officials or agents induce, influence, or provoke crimes that otherwise wouldn't be committed.
It doesn't apply if subjects willingly act lawlessly. Government aiding, abetting, or facilitating them is considered lawful.
Entrapment involves government operatives initiating the idea. If individuals go along under pressure despite no intent or desire to do so, they committed no crime. To convict, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that subjects weren't entrapped. Otherwise, judicial fairness requires exoneration.
That's not how things turn out today. Innocence or guilt doesn't matter. Once charged, prosecutorial misconduct and right-wing courts convict. Juries are pressured and intimidated to go along even in cases with no plot, no crime, or intent to commit one.
Attorney Eric Holder defends the practice. He calls stings a vital tool. He stops short of admitting entrapment. He must because it's illegal. It's nonetheless repeatedly used to convict innocent people. As a result, hundreds rot unjustly in America's gulag.
Gerald Celente calls cops enforcers for crime bosses. So are FBI agents. They serve wealth and power. Corporate crooks are rewarded. Ordinary people are targeted. Familiar story lines repeat. They sound more like film plots than real ones.
Orchestrated stings are used. US Legal.com defines them as "deceptive operation(s) designed to nab criminals. Generally, a law-enforcement officer or cooperative member of the public play a role as criminal partner or potential victim and go along with a suspect's actions to gather evidence of the suspect's wrongdoing."
If entrapment's not used, it's legal. The word "sting" derives from the practice of using undercover cops to catch criminals. It means "set(ting) a trap to catch a crook."
Alleged terror plots are fake. Most are manufactured out of whole cloth. Evidence doesn't exist so it's invented. Paid informants are used. Innocent subjects are targeted and convicted. Nearly always, stings involving entrapment occur.
Post-9/11, counterterrorism has been the FBI's top priority. At issue isn't innocence or guilt. It's snaring victims. It's about heightening fear for political advantage and providing justification for homeland repression and imperial lawlessness.
Thousands of FBI agents work cooperatively with paid informants. Persecution today is COINTELPRO writ large. Society's most vulnerable are targeted. Muslims are most of all, though others also get entrapped and convicted on bogus charges.
In October 2011, a Mother Jones article headlined "The Informants." It said they can be "doctors, clerks, imams," or virtually anyone. At times, they're subjects facing lesser charges, undocumented immigrants subject to deportation, or convicted criminals. In all cases, they're promised leniency for cooperating.