First there was this, Federal Reserve Bank bomb suspect ‘in US on student visa’ which detailed an imminent threat that was to be carried out by one Bengali student Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis here in America. The release of information about threats that are designed to both frighten the American public as well as boost a sagging Presidential candidate’s ratings in a close election is nothing new; it was a tactic used effectively by the Bush Administration during its two terms and Obama seems willing to employ the same strategy in 2012. We won’t talk about all the legal problems inherent in this type of operation, it has worked rather well for both administrations. However, shortly after the headline of a thwarted plot from a Bengali national came this news about another person of Bangladeshi descent: Informant: NYPD Paid Me to ‘Bait’ Muslims which details how a 19 year old of Bangladeshi descent claims he was used to entrap or bait New York city area Muslims into incriminating statements or actions that could lead to “create and capture….creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD.” The informant, one Shamiur Rahman who is about the same age as the terrorist suspect of our first story, Ahsan Nafis, 21 was engaged in activity that should guarantee their paths would cross during the time they were together in the Big Apple. In the light of these two stories, that’s a question a good reporter should ask….if they’re not too busy posing on table tops!
- Father of Bangladeshi man who allegedly tried to blow up Fed building in NYC says son incapable of such actions (foxnews.com)
- Informant: NYPD paid me to “bait” Muslims (cbsnews.com)
- Kelly: Terror Threat Will Be ‘With Us For A Long Time’ (newyork.cbslocal.com)