Most people still can't get their heads around the idea that the west created ISIS, either directly or indirectly. In the video embedded above, Pilger packs in many an unspoken truth. A must-watch.
Meanwhile, on the domestic terrorism front... The right-wing sites are paying a lot of attention to the claims made on Fox News by this guy.
During an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Thursday, Philip Haney said that in 2012 as an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center, he opened an investigation into a Sunni Islamic group called, Tablighi Jamaat, a subset of the fundamentalist Deobandi movement.
But Haney said that just a year into the investigation it was shut down by the State Department and the Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
The reason the investigation was quashed? Because the federal government did not want to profile Islamic groups, Haney told Kelly.
It is an astonishing admission that goes to the heart of the intelligence surveillance of Muslim communities in America in the years after 9/11. While police and FBI leaders have insisted they are acting to defend America from a terrorist attack, civil liberties groups have insisted they have repeatedly gone too far and treated an entire religious group as suspicious.
In recent months, the AP has revealed secret programs the NYPD built with help from the CIA to monitor Muslims at the places where they eat, shop and worship. The AP also published details about how police placed undercover officers at Muslim student associations in colleges within the city limits; this revelation has outraged faculty and student groups.
Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, a social services agency, told the Guardian she almost has a "radar for informants" sent to infiltrate her Brooklyn community.
While the FBI has long relied on confidential informants to alert them to criminal activity, for terrorism cases informants insert themselves into Muslim mosques, businesses and community gatherings and can cajole people toward a plot “who perhaps would never have participated in a terrorist act on their own initiative”, the study found.
In one instance a man named Rezwan Ferdaus was targeted by an FBI agent who infiltrated his local mosque. Although the FBI concluded he had mental disabilities, the FBI agent worked to gain the trust of Ferdaus. As they grew closer, the FBI agent convinced him to participate in a plot to blow up the Pentagon and US Capitol.
This new class of FBI informants, nefariously referred to as ‘mosque crawlers’, began frequenting Muslim institutions and neighborhoods across the country. After ensnaring victims in ‘sting operations’, these informants would furnish evidence in court, helping to send hundreds of these entrapped individuals to prison.
I could go on -- and on, and on -- but the point is made. Philip Haney is spewing propaganda. The claim that "the federal government did not want to profile Islamic groups" may thrill the Fox-addicted right-wing cranks who think that Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim, but this ridiculous notion has no basis in reality.
More than that: I can find no independent evidence linking Farook and Malik to Tablighi Jamaat or Deobandi. If you do a search on the terms "Farook" "Malik" and "Tablighi Jamaat," all of the results go to stories about Phil Haney.
Tabligh Jamaat is an evangelical Muslim organization -- primarily centered in Pakistan and India -- which eschews violence and advocates proselytization. It is not tied to any specific form of Islam. Former CIA official Graham Fuller has pronounced the group "peaceful and apolitical."
The number of organizations that Malik, 29, tried to contact and how she sought to reach them was unclear, but the groups almost certainly included al Qaeda’s Syria-based official affiliate, the Nusrah Front, the government sources said.
As I never tire of reminding my readers, David Petraeus said that we should partner up with Nusra. We became angry when Russia bombed Nusra along with ISIS targets in Syria. Does this mean that Tashfeen was simply trying to follow Petraeus' lead...?
By the way: Can anyone tell me why the FBI is searching Seccombe Lake in San Bernardino in connection with the Farook/Malik rampage? Even if all you have is a wild guess, I'd like to hear it...
I heard something about a hard drive. When I destroy hard drives (at work, for junked computers) I get out the torx driver, open up the drive and remove the platters. I then smash them into bits.
posted by Anonymous : 11:18 PM
One searches a lake to find evidence concealed therein. No evidence is needed regarding the rampage, so for some other, earlier, crime. Perhaps the body of someone with knowledge of what they were planning.
None of your examples regard long-term general surveillance of Islamic groups by the FBI; and many are from parties which are not very trustworthy, or unbiased, even less so than Fox News. Sending someone into a mosque to make a contact, and keeping track of *everyone* associated with a mosque, are two very different things. It's like a wiretap on an individual that has to stop if it doesn't find anything vs. NSA-style metadata collection.
Oh and to finish that point... from a legal / political POV, I'm guessing that going into a group to see if *individuals* approach you who you then (en)trap is arguably not targeting the group as a whole. Whereas if you start doing something that targets every single person who has contact with a group, long-term, it's kind of hard to say that group isn't be targeted. I think this is what NYPD+CIA were doing; I don't think there were any articles saying the FBI did that, at least not after this guy left.