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December 08, 2010

BREAKING: Another Wannabe Jihadi Arrested In US Bomb Plot

Sounds like the Portland, OR case where the freelancing terrorist was dealing with the FBI all along and there was no real danger.

Authorities say an individual has been arrested in the Baltimore area for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore, confirms to The Associated Press that an arrest has been made and says the individual will appear in court Wednesday afternoon. Murphy did not provide any further details. An FBI spokesman also confirmed the arrest.

FNC just used the guy's name on air and you'll be surprised to find out he's a Muslim convert. I know, right? (the linked story has been updated to include, "Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain")

Some liberals, including members of the Glenn Greenwald collective object to these operations. Sure he says they might be catching real terrorist or maybe not.

But it may also just as easily be the case that the FBI -- as they've done many times in the past -- found some very young, impressionable, disaffected, hapless, aimless, inept loner; created a plot it then persuaded/manipulated/entrapped him to join, essentially turning him into a Terrorist; and then patted itself on the back once it arrested him for having thwarted a "Terrorist plot" which, from start to finish, was entirely the FBI's own concoction. Having stopped a plot which it itself manufactured, the FBI then publicly touts -- and an uncritical media amplifies -- its "success" to the world, thus proving both that domestic Terrorism from Muslims is a serious threat and the Government's vast surveillance powers -- current and future new ones -- are necessary.

And the post goes on like that for roughly...ever.

Note to the collective: You know why these operations are important? First, they get potentially dangerous lone wolves out of circulation before they can do real damage. Secondly, it puts doubt in the minds of individuals who might be able to make contact with real terrorists about who they are dealing with. Is the guy giving you a bomb really a 'brother' or is he working for the feds and your ass is about to be swept up by dozens of heavily armed federal agents?

That kind of doubt alone may have stopped plots or will in the future. But of course, the Greenwalds of the world are all that worried about that. It's not the stuff of 3,000 word blog posts.


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