Do US Prosecutors Have a Sense of Humor?
I read in my morning paper that US prosecutors revealed in a hearing designed to get approval for denying bail to one of 7 alleged terrorists arrested on Friday, June 23, 2006 and transferring him to Miami to be with his co-conspirators that the goal of the 7 alleged terrorists was to bomb FBI buildings in 5 major US cities as part of their plan to take over the US government and replace it with an Islamic regime. This is hilarious. I don't think that George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, plus the top Generals of the Army, Air Force, and the Navy -- call them "The Washington Seven" -- could overthrow the US government were they to try. It was also revealed that the alleged ringleader, one Narseal Batiste, conceded that people would probably think he was crazy (Duh!) but he believed that all things are possible with the help of Allah.
I bring this up because for the prosecutors to cite this in their bail and extradition hearing suggests that they don't have any real evidence of a genuine conspiracy to commit terrorist acts of the sort that should worry us. The prosecutors say that they have video evidence that the group swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden in March. IMO, the combination of this video combined with whatever else the FBI informant who posed as an al-Qaida operative has to say should be used to commit these seven guys to a mental institution, rather than used to try them for a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Swearing allegiance to OBL or anyone else is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition to prove someone to be an active terrorist.
I have made clear that I am opposed to terrorists bombing anything anywhere, but the problem in this case has always been the timing. The arrests were revealed the day after it was revealed by the New York Times and other papers that George II of the USA had authorized the CIA's spying on international banking interactions involving US and other citizens. Forgive me for indulging in what is for me a rare instance of conspiracy theorizing when I suggest that the arrests were timed to blunt the force of the revelation of a violation of privacy of Americans as they engage in international banking activities which many ordinary people do every business day. What we really have here is a case of US prosecutors suffering an instance of premature ejaculation in support of the conspiracy. I cite the following from the Boston Hearld of June 23 as evidence supporting my conspiracy theory:
Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said in a statement that the investigation was an ongoing operation and that more details would be released today. Local media reported that agents were raiding a warehouse in MiamiÂs Liberty City section.So, there was no great need to arrest these dudes, given that there was an on-going investigation and there was no imminent threat to anyone anywhere. The rush to arrest seems to have benn part a rush to defend the spying on Americans.
ÂThere is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations,Â said Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington. He declined further comment.
One sentence used in the AP story (possibly edited by the Columbus Dispatch) today was quite interesting. It read
The [bombing] plan came from an FBI informant posing as an al-Quaida operative.This reads as if the FBI agent came up with the idea for the terrorist attack. It will come as to surprise to those familiar with the civil rights movement and anti-war movement in the 60's and 70's that FBI agents might be provocateurs. Whether the FBI guy, who must have been under pressure to come up with something, planted the seed of this bombing plan or the idea that such an action could lead to the overthrow of the US government I don't know. I hope the prosecutors have better evidence than they have so far revealed because any competent defense attorney will suggest such a possibility.
The problem the government has with the war on terror is that if they are successful in preventing attacks we will possibly never hear about it since publicizing the success could reveal methods of investigation the government doesn't want to reveal. One thing the government has done today is reveal to any terrorist cells to be on the look out for moles planted by the CIA or FBI. Maybe they already suspect such a possibility. Now they know it to be a certainty.