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The FBI’S Latest Muslim Terrorist Sting UPDATE

FBI did it again. Undercover agents persuaded a mentally challenged Sunni muslim from Morocco, to carry out a suicide bombing of the U.S. Capitol. Fox News is already wetting itself over this and drawing possible ties to Iran. Megan Kelly is proving her vacuous mental capabilities right now on air. She warns in ominous tones, “This is the first suicide vest attempt in the U.S.”

It is inane remarks like that inciting me to pull out every hair on my head. For starters, this plot originated here with the FBI. It did not start overseas. The FBI spied a guy espousing radical views and baited the hook. The Moroccan moron took the bait. But don’t kid yourself that the guy arrested was some malevolent, evil terrorist genius hiding in our midst.

Nope.

He did not have enough training or knowledge to realize that he was putting on a dud vest incapable of exploding. I’m not criticizing the FBI for this. They did their job and proactively weeded out a religious nut willing to inflict violence if given the right tools. But we also should not go to the opposite extreme of assuming we are facing a mounting assault from overseas by fanatical muslims intent on attacking us.

But why let facts get in the way. It is better to scare the hell out of Americans and persuade them that they should surrender civil liberties just so they can sit safely at home and watch the cable news programs.

UPDATE–You can (and should) read the complaint here. The complaint is revealing. A local undercover law enforcement officer from the Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force (WOJTTF) alerted the FBI in January 2011 that Amine El Khalifi had popped up on the local scene and was talking aggressively about attacking the United States for its “war on Muslims.” During the next 11 months the FBI thru the WOJTTF kept tabs on Khalifi. They almost certainly got FISA permission for wiretaps and video surveillance.

By December 2011, the FBI was ready to see if El Khalifi was ready to strap on his jihad. He was driven to Baltimore by “Hussien” (who I believe is the local Alexandria undercover cop who first flagged Khalifi) and introduced to an AL QAEDA OPERATIVE–Mr. Yusuf. Of course, Yusuf was an undercover FBI agent. With Hussien and Yusuf’s help, Khalifi was encouraged to get his jihad on and he gladly offered up a variety of harebrained schemes. It was Hussien who gave Khalifi an explosive that could be used in an attack. Basically, Khalifi was given enough rope to hang himself and others. You can be sure that the WOJTTF, under FBI supervision, was tracking all of Khalifi’s contacts, both here and abroad. Those who collaborated in any way will also be arrested or taken into custody overseas.

A great op by the JTTF. FBI, true to form, is taking the credit. But I have no doubt that someone in the Alexandria Police Department played a critical role as well in helping make this case. That’s how I read the criminal complaint.

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  • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6RLFUOLWP23SJ5RQHENEPHKME David L

    I don’t consider any of the talking heads on ANY NEWS STATION to be a journalist.  They are moronic entertainers, anyone that takes these morons seriously, is in for a surprise.  The last true journalist, Walter Cronkite, retired years ago, he reported the news and didn’t give his personal opinion, or start rumors, hoping to increase his viewers.  You will get more up to date info from blogs like this, you can then research the info and find out how reliable it is.  Here in Tucson, we have the Arizona Daily (RED) Star. all you will get from the drivel in that paper is a headache, and misinformation.  Most major newspapers are so slanted in their reporting today, that you can only use them for finding articles to research further, or use it to line your birdcage ! 

    • Anonymous

       can you imagine the shock value of a newspaper or a TV station today just stating the facts and letting the people decide?  No coverup, no favorite, no reporters opinion coloring the fact.

      But journalist ethics are so yesterday

    • Anonymous

       In days of old when TV reporters were neutral the print media as a rule wasn’t. Because years ago we only had three TV networks and many cities only had one or two stations. It was concluded that the news should be politically neutral to the point that it was desirable that a listener wouldn’t be able to detect the reporters political party from listening to the newscast. In those days when the station wanted to make a political statement
      usually a station manager would go on air and give an editorial, it was clearly indicated to the listener that these were editorials and were not part of the news broadcast. This all changed dramatically when cable TV came into vogue and many more options were available to the public.

      The print media was a different bird altogether and many newspapers clearly slanted the news. A case in point my hometown newspaper was clearly known for being a Republican rag. If you read an article you simply had to put on your bias detecting glasses to sift out any slant the article contained. The New York Times, for example, didn’t become a liberal newspaper overnight.

  • Anonymous

    Since its Saturday morning and there is no open thread, I’ll post this link for those of us who are old enough to remember Little Richard.

    http://www.wimp.com/oldschool/

    • Anonymous

       thanks
      amazing how good he was at such a young age

      I just bookmarked that website

  • Anonymous

    Did backtrack really study law??? He does not seem to know a lot about it
    does not seem to know about import -export bank and it’s federal charter

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/obama_perverts_ex-im_bank_into_competitor_for_domestic_banks.html

    • Anonymous

      Actually he doesn’t seem to “know” a hell of a lot about anything. If the media didn’t prop him up he’d just be another little Senator twiddling his thumbs from election to election. Oh and calling names across the aisle.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, by now he’d have written two or three more autobiographies.

        • Anonymous

          No without his Buddy Bill Ayers sitting beside him.

        • Anonymous

          That too. He just can’t seem to get enough of himself.

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THE FBI HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN TERRORISTS ATTACKS….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n76g57X4hM

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    A little off-topic but I do wonder if the FBI will be investigating this:

    The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street

    I’d say that chances are they won’t because O and the Dems support this group.

  • Anonymous

    Outside of the operation…. Its hard to tell the difference between a criminal complaint and a movie script these days. Its not what is in the complaint, but what has been withheld from the complaint. Then again, why go the lengths of playing with Capitol Hill? We have enough elected nut cases wanting to further erode our civil liberties. Why give them more ammo with a false flag? Why not just script the bombing a federal building? No they had to go to the Hill?

    Why?

  • Anonymous

    this was in the congressional record of January 10, 1963.
    does any of it sound familiar???????

    http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

  • Anonymous

    Larry, so Megan Kelly said “This is the first suicide vest attempt in the U.S.”, eh?  Obviously she isn’t aware of the attempt of your former boss to become DDI.  That was a suicide vest that did work, if only on the wearer. 

  • Anonymous

    You know if the FBI keeps recruiting and outfitting these guys they’re going to be designated a Terrorist Organization.

  • http://wiskeytangofoxtrotoscar.blogspot.com/ James Ala

    Smells like entrapment to me. I the FBI had not given this yo-yo a bomb vest, who would of? Looks like someone is trying to justify their pay check to me. Oh, and be scared, be very, very, scared of incompetent Moroccans with the IQ of a potato.

  • Anonymous

    When the FBI became aware of this guy, the only law he had broken was over staying his visa, why not just deport him and put him on a no fly list.

    • Anonymous

       ”why not just deport him and put him on a no fly list”

      Can’t get any mileage out of just deporting the the guy…Besides someone has to write those Hollywood sting scripts.

    • Anonymous

       too much common sense required       LOL

  • Anonymous

    Here is the DOJ Presser…. Read it carefully…. I fthis is stopping terrorism then we are wasting our time. Don’t get me wrong its good that the FBI got this wacko off the street. But who scripted this sting? George Lucas?

    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, February 17, 2012

    Virginia Man Accused of Attempting to
    Bomb U.S. Capitol in Suicide Attack
    Explosives Had Been Rendered Inoperable by Authorities and Posed No Threat

    WASHINGTON – A 29-year-old man residing in Alexandria, Va., was arrested
    today for allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb in a suicide attack
    on the U.S. Capitol Building as part of what he intended to be a
    terrorist operation.

    The charges were announced by Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the
    Eastern District of Virginia; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General
    for National Security; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in
    Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

    Amine El Khalifi, an immigrant from Morocco who is illegally present in
    the United States, was charged today by criminal complaint with
    attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property that is
    owned and used by the United States.  He made his initial appearance
    today at 4:15 p.m. before Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr.  If convicted, El
    Khalifi faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

    The arrest of El Khalifi was the culmination of an undercover operation
    during which he was closely monitored by the FBI Washington Field
    Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  The explosives and firearm
    that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered
    inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public.

    “The complaint filed today alleges that Amine El Khalifi sought to blow
    himself up in the U.S. Capitol Building,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride.
    “El Khalifi allegedly believed he was working with al-Qaeda and devised
    the plot, the targets and the methods on his own.”

    “Today’s case underscores the continuing threat we face from homegrown
    violent extremists,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco.  “Thanks to
    a coordinated law enforcement effort, El Khalifi’s alleged plot was
    thwarted before anyone was harmed.”

    “This individual allegedly followed a twisted, radical ideology that is
    not representative of the Muslim community in the United States,” said
    FBI Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. “He became known to the JTTF
    because of his stated desire to carry out attacks in the U.S.,
    specifically, the U.S. Capitol building.  This arrest is the result of
    dedicated special agents, task force officers and intelligence analysts
    from the FBI and our partner law enforcement agencies that make up the
    JTTF.”

    According to the criminal complaint affidavit, in January 2011, a
    confidential human source reported to the FBI that El Khalifi met with
    other individuals at a residence in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 11, 2011. 
    During this meeting, one individual produced what appeared to be an
    AK-47, two revolvers and ammunition.  El Khalifi allegedly expressed
    agreement with a statement by this individual that the “war on
    terrorism” was a “war on Muslims” and said that the group needed to be
    ready for war.

    The affidavit alleges that El Khalifi sought to be associated with an
    armed extremist group, and on Dec 1, 2011, he was introduced by a man he
    knew as “Hussien” to an individual named “Yusuf,” who was, in reality,
    an undercover law enforcement officer.  Throughout December 2011 and
    January 2012, El Khalifi allegedly proposed to carry out a bombing
    attack. His proposed targets included a building that contained U.S.
    military offices, as well as a synagogue, U.S. Army generals and a
    restaurant frequented by military officials.

    During meetings with the undercover officer, El Khalifi allegedly
    handled an AK-47and indicated his desire to conduct an operation in
    which he would use a gun and kill people face-to-face.  He also
    allegedly selected a restaurant in Washington, D.C., for a bombing
    attack; handled an explosive as an example of what could be used in the
    attack; conducted surveillance to determine the best place and time for
    the bombing and purchased materials as part of the planned operation.

    On Jan. 7, 2012, “Hussien” informed El Khalifi that he was an al-Qaeda
    operative.  El Khalifi allegedly discussed the possibility that his
    planned bombing of the restaurant would be followed by a second attack
    against a military installation to be conducted by others who El Khalifi
    believed to be associated with al-Qaeda. The affidavit alleges that El
    Khalifi understood that his attack on the restaurant would be part of an
    al-Qaeda operation that would include both his restaurant bombing and
    the attack against a military installation.

    The affidavit alleges that on Jan. 15, 2012, El Khalifi stated that he
    had modified his plans for his attack.  Rather than conduct an attack on
    a restaurant, he wanted to conduct a suicide attack at the U.S. Capitol
    Building. That same day at a quarry in West Virginia, as a
    demonstration of the effects of the proposed suicide bomb operation, El
    Khalifi dialed a cell phone number that he believed would detonate a
    bomb placed in the quarry.  The test bomb detonated, and El Khalifi
    expressed a desire for a larger explosion in his attack.  He also
    selected Feb. 17, 2012, as the day of the operation, according to the
    affidavit.

    The affidavit alleges that over the next month, El Khalifi traveled to
    the U.S. Capitol Building on multiple occasions to conduct surveillance,
    choosing the spot where he would be dropped off to enter the building
    for the martyrdom operation, the specific time for the attack and the
    method he would use to avoid attracting the attention of law
    enforcement. El Khalifi also asked Hussien to remotely detonate the bomb
    he would be wearing on the day of the attack if El Khalifi encountered
    problems with security officers, and to provide El Khalifi with a gun
    that he could use during the attack to shoot any officers who might
    attempt to stop him.

    On February 17, 2012, El Khalifi allegedly traveled to a parking garage
    near the U.S. Capitol Building.  El Khalifi took possession of a MAC-10
    automatic weapon and put on a vest containing what he believed to be a
    functioning bomb.  Unbeknownst to El Khalifi, both the weapon and the
    bomb had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement.  El Khalifi walked
    alone from the vehicle toward the United States Capitol, where he
    intended to shoot people and detonate the bomb.  El Khalifi was arrested
    and taken into custody before exiting the parking garage.

    This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field
    Office.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys
    Gordon Kromberg and Michael Ben’Ary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for
    the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as Trial Attorneys Joseph
    Kaster and Courtney Sullivan from the Counterterrorism Section of the
    Justice Department’s National Security Division.

    The charges contained in the criminal complaint are mere allegations. 
    As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven
    guilty in a court of law.
     

    • Anonymous

       How can he be a homegrown terrorist when he isn’t even an American citizen?

      Very interesting about the comment that his actions do not represent the Muslim community in America.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    No doubt he’ll serve his life sentence in a SuperMax, so the taxpayers can pay millions over his lifetime sentence at the SuperMax day rate.

    Not that this half wit could escape from the rustiest of local yokel lockups.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dolly-Cain/100002303813490 Dolly Cain

    They’ve pulled this over and over. They think we are idiots. Oy.

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  • Anonymous

    Yup the politics of fear . . . I remember them well from the Bush Cheney years.

    Of course they are gonna laud this ” catch” and make a call for more funding to boot.

    • Anonymous

      Wonderful how they laughed at these kinds of loonies are serious threats during the Bush/Cheney years. Just the right trying to pump up their terrorist creds doncha know. Now? It shows the “manliness” of the Obama Administration.

      Que the scary music and let us all live in fear of stupid Moroccans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dolly-Cain/100002303813490 Dolly Cain

    hello

  • Anonymous

    Another case of creating our own enemies for the express purpose of what? It all smacks of politics to me.

    Number one: The guy was here illegally. In my opinion he should have been deported immediately.

    Number two: If he was openly expressing a desire to attack our country he should have been detained and perhaps sent to Gitmo.

    I support the efforts of the “intelligence” communities to thwart our enemies but every time I see a set up operation like this it only diminishes my respect for them.

    I’m telling ya, the government is attempting to prepare us for another war.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t kid yourself Larry. This is the FBI’s best work since DeLorean.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t kid yourself Larry. This is the FBI’s best work since DeLorean.

  • Anonymous

    what I am most afraid of is ” the boy who cried wolf syndrome”
    I want the CIA – FBI and local law enforcement people to be able to do their jobs properly.
    If the FBI keeps doing bogus stings,someday someone will get through and do damage and no one will believe they are real terrorists.

    • Anonymous

       I find all this very scary.  I think the white house is playing games.  This constant war drumming on Iran by the White House or mainly the MSM.  You see I think there’s plan.  Never has a war time President lost an election.  I don’t think so.  I stand corrected on that if someone finds info that differs.  It sure looks like a plan to me.

      • Anonymous

        Oh my, didn’t the left complain about the right doing that when GeeDubya was in office? Is it Deja Vu coming from the left now?

        • Anonymous

           Only if you think Obama is a “leftist”, instead of an opportunistic corporate tool.

          • Anonymous

            I think he’s both.

            • Anonymous

               I think the terms “leftist”, “right-wing”, “conservative”, and “liberal” have been so devalued by our corrupt political discourse that they don’t mean much anymore. And my opinion about Obama is pretty much what it was in 2008 – that he’s a self-aggrandizing, narcissistic, little crook who has absolutely no personal convictions whatsoever. I think there’s very little difference between the Red Team and the Blue Team of the Corporate Party and that neither of them has our best interests at heart. They are, however, quite obsessed with insuring that the Tea Party and OWS never get together long enough to realize that they’re mad about exactly the same things.

              Obama’s no leftist – and Newt Santoromney’s no conservative, either.

              • Anonymous

                You had me nodding my head in agreement until you said that the Tea Party and OWS are mad about exactly the same thing. I don’t think so.

                I honestly don’t care much about labels, left or right. There are many on the left, liberals if you like that I loathe and others who are “social” conservatives on the right whom I dislike as much. Would never, under any circumstances vote for them.

                Obama leans left because it serves him better than trying to find a middle ground that most Americans would support. As such he’s just another pol. Like so many.

              • Anonymous

                You had me nodding my head in agreement until you said that the Tea Party and OWS are mad about exactly the same thing. I don’t think so.

                I honestly don’t care much about labels, left or right. There are many on the left, liberals if you like that I loathe and others who are “social” conservatives on the right whom I dislike as much. Would never, under any circumstances vote for them.

                Obama leans left because it serves him better than trying to find a middle ground that most Americans would support. As such he’s just another pol. Like so many.

      • Anonymous

        Call me paranoid but I agree with you.

      • Anonymous

        Happy to see your Scottie again Olivia. It sure looks like mine, Jock.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly HELENK2!

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    Have you read the eye witness account from Attorney Kurt Haskel concerning the underwear bomber?  Same exact setup.

    Here is the speech he gave at the sentencing of the underwear bomber.

    http://mountainrepublic.net/2012/02/16/kurt-haskell-exposes-government-false-flag-operation-during-underwear-bomber-sentencing/

    Here is a interview he gave a day or so ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuoopY-811s

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the reasons I read this blog. One cannot simply listen to one news source and expect to get the truth. More and more it seems like a person must read everything they can and ferret out what is true. We can’t expect reporters to do the investigation we must do it ourselves. I think that perhaps this problem is due more to ratings than to the ideology of the news source. But I could be wrong.  
    Anyway I appreciate your expertise Larry.

    • Anonymous

       tru dat.

  • Anonymous

     Unbelievable! No Larry I blame the FBI. I don’t blame them for the sting. But they are playing the press up as well. You and I know that the reporters are talking with their FBI buddies off the record and getting the unofficial word. We have already lost a ton of civil liberties because we have overplayed the threat. Now watch Pete King and those idiots go to town.

    • Anonymous

      The Bureau has always loved the press since the days of Hoover.  The Agency only recently discovered its love, like Lancelot for Guinevere.  Sadly, or perhaps fortuitously, in the case of the Agency it is unrequited love.

      • Anonymous

         ”in the case of the Agency it is unrequited love.”

        And that is more than likely a good thing……