From our partners at The Agonist
Now we’ll be treated to another round of “ZOMG terrorism!” on the election trail. Seems to me we keep ignoring just how many of these terrorists are set up by sting operations. But anyhow:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man in New York on Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a thousand-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan.
The man, Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, was arrested after he bought and attempted to use explosives that were “rendered inoperable” by agents working undercover for the bureau’s New York Field Office‘s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI said, adding that the public was never in danger.
…Working alone, Nafis attempted to recruit individuals to form a terrorist cell inside the United States, according to the complaint. He “actively sought out al Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him in carrying out an attack.” One of those inviduals was an FBI source, the bureau said, and an investigation was launched by both the FBI and NYPD.
…Early Wednesday, Nafis and an undercover agent “assembled what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb” inside a van, and then drove to the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
According to the NBC report, the same agent who helped him assemble the bomb had been stringing him along for months and had provided him with the fake explosives in the first place. “Law enforcement officials stress that the plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD and the public was never at risk.” If the FBI and NYPD hadn’t helped him, how far would he have gotten, would he maybe have just gone home in defeat? We’ll never know.
It all smacks a bit of terorism kabuki, but neverless this guy came all that way to find AQ sympathizers and all he could get to help him were FBI agents. Doesn’t that mean something good?