In a rare departure from standard practice, a mainstream news source draws parallels between several recent cases in which federal provocateurs prodded unstable patsies towards committing acts of terror.
PORTLAND — FBI undercover operatives helped fund Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s would-be terrorism plot to detonate a car bomb during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on Friday at a crowded public square in the heart of the city.
Operatives helped him find components needed to create a bomb and schooled the 19-year-old Somali-born man in how to set off the explosives.
The sting operation enabled the FBI to amass a formidable amount of details about what a grand-jury indictment Monday charged was Mohamud’s attempt to use a car bomb as a “weapon of mass destruction.”
But Mohamud’s attorneys and some local Muslims are raising questions about whether the operatives who posed as co-conspirators played their role too well.
Defense attorney Steve Sady questioned whether the operatives were “basically grooming” Mohamud to try to commit a terrorist attack.
“The information released by the government raises serious concerns about the government manufacturing a crime,” according to a statement released by Sady and Steven Wax, public defenders assigned to represent Mohamud.
Read more at the Seattle Times.