Oh for heaven's sake.posted by The Vidiot @ 11:53 AM Permalink Bump and Update: Oh, this just get's better. (I'm too lazy to read it all and comment, I'll just let Josh Marshal do it)
Girlfriends of two of the 'Newburgh Four' have come forward now -- in articles in the Daily News and New York Post. And while, as you'd expect, they're putting their men in the best light, suggesting they were tricked into the plot, it does seem clear that cash gifts, free rent and bags and bags and bags of weed may have been a stronger enticement for these goofballs than Islam.
David Williams is the one of the four who'd recently moved to Newburgh to help his mom care for his brother, who reportedly has terminal cancer. His mom says that "Maqsood", the name the informant was using, promised to pay for the brother's hospital bills.
The guys who were arrested yesterday when they attempted to bomb a couple of New York synagogues weren't terrorists. They were idiots. If you read the various and sundry reports on the web, you'll see quotes like the one from his sister, "Right now, to me he’s, like, the dumbest person I ever came in contact with in my life." They were upset that somebody else had already thought of taking down the WTC and did it! I mean, these guys were not a 'brain trust'. So, let's look at it another way: You need to justify your existence by making arrests, otherwise, your department loses its standing and its funding. So, you find a couple of patsies who may indeed be disgruntled about certain things, say, the US government's behavior in Afghanistan and Iraq (but really, what thinking person isn't disgruntled about that?) and who, on their own, could barely figure out where to set off a firecracker, but with a little easy help, and let me stress the easy here because the more I read, the more it looks like the FBI was a facilitator, they were able to go as far as their wildest dreams.
Which is perfect if you're needing to make some arrests. And to make it more perfect, it can be shown over and over again on the evening news because you set it all up like it's an episode of Survivor, with multiple camera angles and everything (did they consult a movie DP at some point??) and viola! You have a made-for-TV terrorist-cell bust! Couldnt' be better!
Remarkably, vast passages of the conspiracy the federal authorities described — the talk of killing Jews, the testing of the men’s would-be weaponry — played out on a veritable soundstage of hidden cameras and secret microphones, and involved material provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A house in Newburgh, a storage facility in Stamford, the planting of the would-be bombs in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale — everything was recorded, according to the complaint.Remarkably indeed.
Oh, and it also helps if the special agent in charge has some experience with this sort of thing.
Special Agent Robert Fuller, whose name appears at the top of the federal criminal complaint in the case, had a hand in the FBI's failure to nab two of the 9/11 hijackers, had one of his informants set himself on fire in front of the White House, and was involved in misidentifying a Canadian man as a terrorist leading to his secret arrest and torture -- a case that is now the subject of a major lawsuit.This one is about as easy to swallow as that 19 hijackers crap they fed to us 8 years ago.