There’s really not that much to these “sting operations” anymore. They are so predictable that even mainstream media is beginning to catch on, while cheering from the sidelines for the success of such dubious methods of law enforcement. The latest catch of four social misfits tangentially related to Islam if that much is another example. Spurred on by a fellow coreligionist who flashed a lot of money and recruited them earnestly, because of a nefarious and compromising past that made it easy for him to be recruited by the FBI, four former convicts, one of them mentally disturbed, and two others heavy drug users, pot and crack, are the latest to constitute a threat of world wide proportions to the United States of America. It didn’t help that an unscrupulous FBI special agent played a high profile role in the arrest of these men. Special Agent Robert Fuller was responsible for the secret rendition of Canadian citizen Maher Arar to Syria and his subsequent torture at the hands of Syrians based on false information Fuller got from a wounded and some might say tortured Omar Khadr. Arar has gone on to sue successfully the Canadian government and is in the process of suing the American government because of Fuller’s role in his torture.
Here’s the deal however. The pseudo Muslim ringleader who was egging on the four charged defendants was clearly spotted by the members of the different masajid as an agent provocateur but because of their mistrust of the government, a mistrust clearly justified based on what happened to a group of Muslims in California, they were left with a brewing scandal and no one to tell. The MO of this “informant” and indeed others who infiltrate places where Muslims gather is they appear out of the blue, invite other worshippers to meals, flash money, and speak of violence and jihad, and offer substantial amounts of money to others to join their “team.” The inertia or hesitation communities feels is really what the government wants in order to obscure its role in such operations. Government does not want to be pressed by a diligent citizenry to do its job. Here then is my suggestion for people with an informant in their midst; use the internet. Plaster the suspect’s picture on the masjid’s web page, blog about him or her, especially if they are advocating violence and contact your local media to inform them you may be a victim of a government sting operation. Informants do not like to be exposed and if they are steeped in a past full of illicit behavior with many victims someone will certainly notice them and do the government’s job of getting rid of them.
For the meantime, it’s sad to say the four men in New York most likely will be convicted amidst a lot of publicity about their case that’ll highlight the potential for terrorism on the home front, but such miscarriages of justice, where people are entrapped by government will be avoided in the future as more and more communities become sophisticated enough to spot the likes of the informant in this case and educate their worshippers of the threat such false messiahs bring to their stability. `