As Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty to Plotting Terrorism, More Questions About the FBI’s Sting Operation

By: Saturday January 24, 2015 4:00 pm

A twenty year-old man in Ohio, who was the target of an FBI sting operation, pled not guilty to charges on January 22. He is accused of plotting an attack on the US Capitol and faces charges of “attempted killing of a government official,” “possession of a firearm in furtherance of an attempted crime of violence” and “solicitation to commit a crime of violence.” The FBI maintains he was inspired by the Islamic State to commit terrorism, but, once again, here is a case involving a very vulnerable individual.

 

Federal Appeals Court Rules ATF ‘Reverse Stings’ Do Not Constitute ‘Outrageous Government Conduct’

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 3:20 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled, despite its previously expressed objections, that a district court was wrong to rule that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” operation involving an imaginary cocaine stash house did not involve or constitute “outrageous government conduct.” “We have previously held that similar reverse-sting operations, if [...]

Lawyers: Government’s Position on FBI Impersonating Repairmen to Conduct Searches a ‘Grave Threat to Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 11:00 am

Attorneys defending eight men charged with being involved in illegal gambling are seeking to prevent the government from using evidence FBI agents allegedly obtained through three warrantless searches and argue the government’s position in the case “presents a grave threat to privacy.” Agents are accused of cutting off DSL internet service to private hotel rooms [...]

Judge: ATF Agents Encourage People to Commit Crimes They Otherwise Wouldn’t Commit

By: Friday November 21, 2014 3:15 pm

In a case involving a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” on an imaginary cocaine stash house, federal prosecutors have requested that an appeals court reinstate charges against two men who had drug conspiracy and robbery conspiracy charges dropped after a district judge ruled the government engaged in outrageous misconduct.

However, Judge William A. Fletcher, who was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton, expressed his disgust with the government’s conduct. “I think the government is wasting resources. I think it is encouraging them to commit crimes they otherwise wouldn’t commit.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 1:59 pm

In the days before Thursday’s start to the trial for alleged Portland Christmas Tree bomber Mohamed Osman Mohamud, pre-trial hearings revealed two new details. First, the government failed to reveal to the defense an effort to “pitch” Mohamud on October 27, 2009, 13 months before they arrested him in an FBI-created plot. This comes on top of earlier revelations about a key meeting the FBI failed to tape, another failure to reveal FBI contacts, and Abu Zubaydah’s brother’s claim that, as an FBI informant, he was asked to track the then-16 year old Mohamud as early as 2008.

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