Last week, the FBI arrested a quartet of African-Americans who converted to Islam while behind bars as they allegedly tried to blow up a New York synagogue. The arrests came thanks to an undercover informant who posed as a wealthy terrorist financier who would help the plotters blow up buildings and shoot down military aircraft with explosives and rocket launchers that turned out to be useless.
As usual, whenever news breaks of Muslim terrorists being captured, the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release the next day praising the FBI for protecting the lives of Americans. But now CAIR is questioning its previous stand on the arrest of the four American Muslim radicals. Newspaper coverage of the spectacular sting operation has revealed that the alleged terrorists were "dimwits" who were "lured" into the plot by the informant, who plied them with cash and even a promise to pay for a liver transplant for a dying relative.
In an interview with the New York Post, the sister of one of the men claimed the informant had enticed her brother with promises of financial reward. The New York Times reported that just about everyone who had come into contact with the informant had figured out he was either crazy or an agent provocateur. They avoided him like the plague, but the informant finally hit pay dirt when he glommed onto the four men who'd converted to Islam in prison and who were neither Middle Eastern nor members of Al Qaeda.
"It is almost as if the FBI cooked up the plot and found four idiots to install as defendants," one lawyer told the Times.
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In the FBI's defense, however, it should be noted that in Bronx, unlike here in OC--where convicted con artist Craig Monteilh got cash for spying on people who reported him as a terrorist--the bureau's paid informant actually managed to cook up a plot resulting in arrests of people who at least thought they were about to blow up buildings.