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The spectacle of terror and its vested interests: entrapment feeds a $$Mn surveillance industry

• Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK

The news stories, which quickly surface, long enough to cause scary headlines, then vanish before people can learn how often the cases are thrown out. These are stories about "bumbling fantasists", hapless druggies, the aimless, even the virtually homeless and mentally ill, and other marginal characters with not the strongest grip on reality, who have been lured into discourses about violence against America only after assiduous courting, and in some cases outright payment, by undercover FBI or police informants.

They have become a litany in recent years. The terrifying 2003-2004 national news stories that a Detroit "sleeper cell" had sent Muslim terrorists to blow up Disneyland and other landmarks, including in Las Vegas, was later thrown out of court, with accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, to almost no press attention – the same cycle of hype and failed convictions that have characterized many such stories. The evidence had included a home video taken in Disneyland, "doodles", and a guy with a credit card fraud problem, who had been pressured to diminish his own sentence by accusing his buddies.


2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Jerry Alexander
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So what! If you`re waiting for an American do do anything about it,you`ll have a long,long wait.

Comment by Bill Anderson
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 Please read my story with a search for "New police weapon against homeless" and also "Historic coverup of FBI and police crimes currently taking place". Bill Anderson Middletown CT

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