Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Report documents government orchestration of US “terror” plots

By Fred Mazelis 

23 July 2014

A new report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) provides a revealing if only partial look at the role of US government informants and agents in instigating and orchestrating fake terrorist plots in the years since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The 214-page report, produced in collaboration with Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, examines 27 major federal cases. It is based on more than 200 interviews with defendants, members of their families, defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors, government officials, academics and others. There have been more than 500 terrorism-related cases in the past 13 years, and the conclusions of this report apply to many if not most of them.

In a statement that confirms, in an understated fashion, what has been increasingly obvious in many cases and has been reported by the World Socialist Web Site over the past decade, Human Rights Watch concludes that “the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act.”

“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US,” said HRW deputy Washington director Andrea Prasow. “But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”

This statement would have been more accurate if it made clear that many of these individuals never even committed “terrorist acts.” They were supplied by government informants with fake bombs and other materials, and many were convicted on conspiracy counts, not for terrorist acts.