- Category: Repression
- Created on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:32
- Written by ERIC SCHMITT and CHARLIE SAVAGE
Over and over, the U.S. government has rounded up groups of people for various terrorism charges -- and it is clear that over and over it was informants and agent provocateurs who helped manipulated their targets "over the line" into serious illegality.
An NYU study claims that police infiltrators and informants played a role in 62% of U.S. "terror" cases.
The following article in the New York Times examines this issue of entrapment -- focusing on the recent Portland case wherea small group were provided with a fake bomb by police forces and then charged with a plot.
It is extremely important for many different kinds of people to be alert to this widespread tactic of the government -- which is determined to keep "uncovering sleeper cells" and so with provocateurish tactics helps invent them -- creating massive publicity both for the existance of an "internal" danger and for their own police vigilance in tracking that danger down. Often they have prodded naive and impressionable young men into illegal actions that would probably not otherwise have happened.
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"Some defense lawyers and civil rights advocates said the government’s tactics, particularly since the Sept. 11 attacks, have raised questions about the possible entrapment of people who pose no real danger but are enticed into pretend plots at the government’s urging."
"A study this year by the Center on Law and Security at New York University, which tracks terrorism cases, found that of 156 prosecutions in what it identified as the most significant 50 cases since 2001, informers were relied on in 97 of them, or 62 percent.
"The entrapment defense has often been raised, but as of September, it had never been successful in producing an acquittal in a post-Sept. 11 terrorism trial, the study found."
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In U.S. Sting Operations, Questions of Entrapment
By ERIC SCHMITT and CHARLIE SAVAGE
WASHINGTON — The arrest on Friday of a Somali-born teenager who is accused of trying to detonate a car bomb at a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., has again thrown a spotlight on the government’s use of sting operations to capture terrorism suspects.