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On Wednesday in Washington, The FBI announced the arrest of three men it alleges planned to help the Islamic State, news intended to stoke fears that Islamic extremism is spreading to the United States.
“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a press release announcing the arrests. “We will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to travel to Syria to wage violent jihad on behalf of ISIL and those who support them.
Omitted from the FBI statement however, is the role of a paid informant in generating the charges against the men. The intruction of this third party acted as a catalyst, turning a couple of fantasists whose ” terrorist plots were on a par with the late Peter Cook’s character E L Wisty, founder and leader of the world domination society, into something even slightly believable. It appears that none of the three men had either the intelligence or the financial means to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.
Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, and Akhror Saidakhmetov 19, are alleged to have made arrangements to travel to Syria, and also to have expressed willingness to conduct attacks in the United States “if ordered to do so by the group. A third man, Abror Habibov, 30, was arrested in Florida and charged with helping provide financial support for their travel plans.
According to the criminal charges against the three, the FBI first began investigating Juraboev after he made postings on Uzbek-language social media sites in August 2014 praising the Islamic State and pledging allegiance to them. While these postings were made anonymously, Juraboev neglected to conceal his IP address.
When FBI agents visited him, he reiterated these violent and criminal desires, stating his willingness to kill President Obama if he were ordered to do so by any member of Islamic State, and also telling the agents he was willing to “plant a bomb on Coney Island if so ordered by ISIL.
In the interviews, Juraboev also mentioned Saidakhmetov, 19, as someone who shared his basic views and desire to travel to areas controlled by the Islamic State. Transcripts of a recorded conversation between the two in mid-September show them apparently expressing their desire to travel to Syria via Istanbul, and trying to determine logistics of the trip.
Shortly after this, the FBI introduced them to a ‘confidential informant’, who “approached Juraboev at a mosque, while posing as an ideologically sympathetic individual, and met Saidakhmetov the same day. The informant befriended the two men, who told him of their desire to go to Syria. According to the criminal complaint, the informant was paid for his services and was perceived by the defendants to be an “older and more experienced person.
An experienced suicide bomber, that’s exactly the kind of mentor every aspiring terrorist needs.
Over the next several months the informant evidently developed a relationship of trust with both Juraboev and Saidakhmetov, even possibly moving into an apartment with Juraboev, and convincing both of them that he intended to travel to Syria and join Islamic State.
Saidakhmetov was arrested on Feb. 25 at JFK airport in New York as he arrived to board his flight to Istanbul. In the run-up to his arrest, he had also allegedly proposed a plan to gain control cockpit and “[divert] the plane to the Islamic State, so that the Islamic State would gain a plane. Juraboev, not scheduled to leave for Turkey until March 29, and Habibov, were also arrested on the same day at separate locations.
After first making contact with Juraboev in August 2014, seven months elapsed until FBI agents the arrested the trio. During this time, the group stayed under close surveillance, and an informant was introduced who was evidently older and considered to be “more experienced by the defendants.
It seems clear from the evidence (published on a whistleblower site only accessible to members – see our post on Little Nicky Machiavelli about the US government’s Ministry of Love site) that plans to actually commit criminal acts were only discussed after the introduction of the FBI informant.
A 2011 study conducted by US liberal news site Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley found that of 508 post-9/11 terrorist suspects actually charged with crimes, “Nearly half the prosecutions involved the use of informants, many of them incentivized by money, with operatives being paid as much as $100,000 per assignment. Of the sting operations that resulted in terrorism arrests, nearly a third are believed to have been led by an agent provocateur in the employ of the FBI.
Well who’d have thought it, except me, Mike St Mark and a few million hard nosed realists with nasty, suspicious minds maybe.
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