Is the FBI Creating Terrorism? Progressive Roundtable
Sarah Badawi, Progressive Change Campaign Committee(PCCC) & Max Blumenthal, Alternet/The 51 Day War-Ruin and Resistance in Gaza both join Thom. new evidence shows that in 2013 when Mateen threatened a courthouse deputy by claiming that he could order Al Qaeda operatives to kill the deputy's family - the FBI responded by dispatching an informant to "lure Omar into some kind of act" The FBI informant couldn't convince Omar to take action in 2013 - and the attempted sting also didn't stop Mateen from killing 49 people l st weekend. Mateen is not an isolated case - according to Trevor Aaronson - author of "Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terror" - nearly half of terror cases between September 11 2001 and 2010 involved informants - including some with criminal backgrounds. Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley told Alternet that "In the case of Mateen, since he already worked for a security contractor, he was either too savvy to bite on the pitch or he may have even become indignant that he was targeted in that fashion. These pitches and use of people can backfire.” And that should raise alarms. While the mainstream media has been focusing on the notion that Mateen may have been mentally ill - that he shouldn't have been able to buy a gun if he was on the no-fly list - that he may have been a gay-hating gay - this revelation shows another possibility. The FBI could, inadvertently, play a role in fostering radicalization with these failed undercover stings.