Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots
FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plotshttps://t.co/FwyHP2iVKI
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 24, 2021
FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots
So central to this plot were those acting at the behest of the FBI that many of the accused plotters only met each other because of meetings arranged at the direction of the FBI, who targeted them based on social media postings and other political activities that suggested anti-government and anti-Whitmer sentiments which could be exploited:
A longtime government informant from Wisconsin, for example, helped organize a series of meetings around the country where many of the alleged plotters first met one another and the earliest notions of a plan took root, some of those people say. The Wisconsin informant even paid for some hotel rooms and food as an incentive to get people to come.
One of the FBI's informants, a former Iraq War soldier, “became so deeply enmeshed in a Michigan militant group that he rose to become its second-in-command.” With his leadership role in one of the key groups, and all while acting under the direction of the FBI, he was “encouraging members to collaborate with other potential suspects and paying for their transportation to meetings.” Indeed, he even “prodded the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping plot to advance his plan, then baited the trap that led to the arrest.”
Joe Biden also made repeated use of this storyline. Appearing at a campaign rally in Michigan on October 16, the Democratic candidate blasted Trump for the crime of continuing to criticize Whitmer even after she was the target of a terror plot. He explicitly blamed Trump for having incited it: “When the president tweeted 'Liberate Michigan, Liberate Michigan,' that's the call that was heard. That was the dog whistle." And he accused Trump of purposely stoking a wave of the worst kind of terrorism on U.S. soil: “it's the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS,” he said of the accused.
But the value of depicting Trump as having incited a frightening terrorist attack just weeks before the election, and the zeal to feed the broader narrative pushed by the U.S. security state that anti-government extremism is America's greatest national security threat, drowned out any skepticism. The storyline was clear and unquestioned: Trump was inciting ISIS-like terrorism on U.S. soil and right-wing extremists, who would fester even after Trump was done, were the primary menace that requires new domestic powers and larger budgets in order to defeat.
It is this long history and mountain of evidence that compels an investigation into the role played by the FBI in the planning of the 1/6 riot at the Capitol. And it is that same evidence that made the corporate media's derisive reaction to such demands — as voiced by Darren Beattie's Revolver News, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and myself — so ignorant and subservient. They acted as if only some unhinged conspiracy theorist could possibly believe that the FBI would have informants and agents embedded in the groups that planned that Capitol riot rather than what it is: the only logical conclusion for anyone who knows how the FBI actually behaves.
Indeed, the BuzzFeed reporters who investigated the FBI's key role in the Michigan case must have been very disturbed by what they found since they used their reporting to raise that taboo topic: what role did the FBI have in 1/6? Moreover, they asked, is this yet another era where the FBI is targeting Americans not for criminality but for their political views, and then orchestrating their own plots that justify the U.S. security state's massive budget and unlimited powers?
This is written out of context so read at the source for the full effect.
Proud Boys’ leader Joe Biggs, who organized and led the PBs on Jan 6 with Ethan Nordean, just issued a statement from his jail cell complaining about how bad it is. pic.twitter.com/tPHWxLHW7O
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 23, 2021
Can someone get a message back to him and let him know his leader is enjoying the omelette bar at his resort.
I remember when shitlibs cared about unjust prisons and agreed that keeping them in solitary confinement was torture. Just one of the many issues that have been pretzelized in their brains.
Trump is going to skate on creating the tension around the election and especially he has some responsibility for what happened at the capital. But he’s not the only one who should be answering some questions.
1- Why weren’t the capital police prepared for the event? Did they think that the Trump supporters would just go to Trump’s speech or did they believe that they would stay peaceful like they have in the past? They even joined together in some cities.
2- Did the FBI and other intelligence agencies drop the ball and not prepare or was there something more nefarious about the whole event?
3- Pelosi is supposedly in charge of the capital security so why didn’t she make sure that it would be safe?
4- The capital police knew that people were trying to break into the building so why did they wait until the last minute to get congress safe? Especially the Vice President who was only saved by a quick thinking cop. OMG they almost got the nuclear football! Blehh.
5- Tons more, but I doubt we’ll ever get the answers to many, many questions. Was Trump the patsy for not only the capital riots, but for many other issues that are easy to see and others hidden. This might be the most important answer of them all.