MAY HAVE DESIGNED TERRORIST
AGAINST KENNEDY AIRPORT
DATELINE-PETER'S NEW YORK. SUNDAY, JUNE 3 2007 -- U.S. prosecutors have
accused four men of plotting to bomb targets in the New York Area, but
doubt exists as to the authenticity of the charges against the men.
The Justice Department made the charges public at a press conference
Saturday. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf said the alleged plotters would
have targeted a fuel pipeline from New Jersey to John F. Kennedy
Airport in Queens, and facilities at the airport itself.
The government admitted however that no actual explosives were obtained
by the four alleged plotters. Statements indicated that the Federal
Bureau of Investigation was involved in the plot from its inception,
leading to the probability that the charges stemmed from a sting
operation. If so, the plot itself was likely designed by the FBI and
potential plotters seduced into participation.
The perception created by the wire services that the alleged plotters
actually designed the plot would then be generally inaccurate and
misleading. These wire services create the public perception that there
are real terorists that are hatching plots, which appears not to be the
case. The reckless reporting of the wire services also implants an
anti-islamic element into the public psyche, since government targets
for terrorist sting operations have been exclusively moslems.
The government has prosecuted many such "sting" cases since the moslem
cleric, Shiekh Omar Abdul-Rahman, was found guilty in 1995 of of a
terrorist plot in a sting operation created by the Feds. The Shiekh is
generally cited in the media as having himself created the fantastic
plot to take down many New York City landmarks, although such was not
the case. The plot was created by the government as part of a sting
operation. Unfortunately, the press, perhaps at the government's
bidding, or to stem possible government retribution, usually in the
form of limiting a reporter's access to government information, fails
to report fully the government's role.
In fact, experts indicate that no sizable terrorist threat exists.
Said John Mueller in a recent article in Foreign Affairs, the pre-eminent
journal of the foreign policy establishment:
“Although it remains heretical to say so, the evidence so far suggests
that fears of the omnipresent terrorist....may have been overblown, the
threat presented within the United States greatly exaggerated. The
massive and expensive homeland security apparatus erected since 9/11
may be persecuting some, spying on many, inconveniencing most, and
taxing all to defend the United States against an enemy that scarcely
Still, little has been done to oppose such prosecutions as the
government announced Saturday, nor has the press chosen to accurately
depict the actual state of affairs regarding the origin of the
so-called "terrorist" plots that are alleged to have been hatched.
Stories by the Associated Press and other wire services are written as
if the charges were reality, and did not need to be proven. These
reports inevitably come down on the government's side, and represent
mere extentions of the U.S. Justice Department's public relations arm,
rather than acting as part of a critical force that checks government.
Although sting operations are often upheld by the courts, entrapment
occurs when the accused can prove that he or she or they would not have
otherwise committed the actions alleged to have taken place, apart from
the influence of the sting operation.
Some have accused the government of creating terrorist cases to justify
the budgets they have been given to prosecute such cases, in the
absence of any real terrorist activity.
Sting operations in England and the United States have led to the
perception among some moslem groups, a perception that is perhaps
justified, that men and women convicted under entrapment schemes
are being illegally and unjustly detained. Some groups have engaged in
kidnappings or similar actions in order to create pressure to free
those who have been imprisoned in such entrapment cases.
Many such actions were initiated to free Omar Abdul-Rahman. Rahman's
one-time attorney, Lynne Stewart, has claimed Rahman was innocent of
the charges against him. More recently, a CNN reporter was kidnapped,
and his detention has been linked to the imprisonment of a moslem
cleric in Britain.
By publishing uncritically the government's case against the accused,
the press does a huge disservice to the public. It fails to imagine
that there might be another side to the story. It also influences the
way in which defendants tried for so-called terrorist acts will later
be seen by jurors. The government, naturally seeking convictions on the
cases it initates, plays on the press in order to secure judgment
against the defendant by so influencing public opinion. An uncritical
press is the deliberate or unwitting tool of an unchecked government
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