How the FBI’s Network of Informants Actually Created Most of the Terrorist Plots “Foiled” in the US Since 9/11
The FBI has built a massive network of spies to prevent another
domestic attack. But are they busting terrorist plots–or leading them?
October 9, 2011
Mother Jones / By Trevor Aaronson
UPDATE: On September 28, Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old
graduate of Northeastern University, was arrested and charged with providing
resources to a foreign terrorist organization and attempting to destroy national
defense premises. Ferdaus, according to the FBI, planned to blow up both the
Pentagon and Capitol Building with a “large remote controlled aircraft
filled with C-4 plastic explosives.”
The case was part of a nearly ten-month investigation led by the FBI. Not
surprisingly, Ferdaus’ case fits a pattern detailed by Trevor Aaronson in his
article below: the FBI provided Ferdaus with the explosives and materials needed
to pull off the plot. In this case, two undercover FBI employees, who Ferdaus
believed were al Qaeda members, gave Ferdaus $7,500 to purchase an F-86 Sabre
model airplane that Ferdaus hoped to fill with explosives. Right before his
arrest, the FBI employees gave Ferdaus, who lived at home with his parents,
the explosives he requested to pull off his attack. And just how did the FBI
come to meet Ferdaus? An informant with a criminal record introduced Ferdaus
to the supposed al Qaeda members.
To learn more about how the FBI uses informants to bust, and sometimes
lead, terrorist plots, read Aaronson’s article below.
James Cromitie  was a man of bluster and bigotry. He made up wild stories
about his supposed exploits, like the one about firing gas bombs into police
precincts using a flare gun, and he ranted about Jews. “The worst brother
in the whole Islamic world is better than 10 billion Yahudi,” he once said
A 45-year-old Walmart stocker who’d adopted the name Abdul Rahman after converting
to Islam during a prison stint for selling cocaine, Cromitie had lots of worries–convincing
his wife he wasn’t sleeping around, keeping up with the rent, finding a decent
job despite his felony record. But he dreamed of making his mark. He confided
as much in a middle-aged Pakistani he knew as Maqsood.
“I’m gonna run into something real big ,” he’d say. “I just
feel it, I’m telling you. I feel it.”
Maqsood and Cromitie had met at a mosque in Newburgh, a struggling former Air
Force town about an hour north of New York City. They struck up a friendship,
talking for hours about the world’s problems and how the Jews were to blame.
It was all talk until November 2008, when Maqsood pressed his new friend.
“Do you think you are a better recruiter or a better action man?”
Maqsood asked .
“I’m both,” Cromitie bragged.
“My people would be very happy to know that, brother. Honestly.”
“Who’s your people?” Cromitie asked.
[Continued reading excellent, thoroughly linked article at source].