The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize.
In summary: undercover FBI agents and informants find lazy, poor, minorities, offer them funding, materials, plans, and opportunity, then arrest them and throw ’em in jail and call it a Victory for Freedom.
That’s not freedom, in my book.
via FBI Organizes Almost All Terror Plots in the US.
Given the credible estimate that we’ve spent $1 trillion on anti-terrorism security (this does not include our many foreign wars), that’s $62.5 billion per life saved. Is there any other risk that we are even remotely as crazy about?
Note that everyone who died was shot with a gun. No Islamic extremist has been able to successfully detonate a bomb in the U.S. in the past ten years, not even a Moltov cocktail. (In the U.K. there has only been one successful terrorist bombing in the last ten years; the 2005 London Underground attacks.) And almost all of the 33 incidents (34 if you add LAX) have been either lone actors, with no ties to al Qaeda [emphasis mine].
And of the successful attacks, such as the Fort Hood shooter, there were plenty of warnings from people and agents on the ground, which were ignored or dismissed by higher-ups in the FBI, which facilitated the success of those incidents.
via Schneier on Security: Terrorism in the U.S. Since 9/11.