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11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
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11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
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11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
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11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
MANIPULATING "ATTACKS" & PUBLIC FEAR:
Mohamed Osman Mohamud: Terrorist or Victim?
Monday, 29 November 2010
Why would FBI operatives incite an alleged terror attack? Why would the FBI perhaps choose the time and/or place? Why would they give anyone a "bomb" to commit violence, real or otherwise?
November 27 major media headlines accused him, including New York Times writers Colin Miner, Liz Robbins and Erik Eckholm triple-teaming him in their article titled, "FBI Says Oregon Suspect Planned 'Grand' Attack." Their saying so becomes accepted fact, according to corporate media reports - guilty by accusation.
It happens repeatedly. It's usually strategically timed, in this case to defuse anger over enhanced airport screening. It's also nearly always against Muslims, America's target of choice - of course, to justify imperial wars against Muslim nations.
The topic was addressed often in previous articles, including this one explaining how America's war on terrorism exploits and vilifies them. Hollywood and corporate media reports especially portray them stereotypically as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, violent, dangerous gun-toting terrorists, wrongfully against Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.
The Times recounted the latest accusation as follows:
They're then wrongfully accused of crimes they either had no intention to commit or wouldn't consider without FBI provocation. In this case, an implied attack against Christmas and Christian values was alleged, or, in other words, "violent" Islam against "peaceful, morally superior" Christianity.
A November Justice Department press release headlined, "Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Portland Vehicle Bomb (that) Was Inert and Posed No Danger to Public," saying:
On November 29, Mohamud will be arraigned in federal court. If convicted, he faces a potential life sentence and $250,000 fine. Dwight C. Holton, US Attorney for the District or Oregon, said:
Assistant Attorney General for National Security, David Kris added:
Implied, of course, is just cause for imperial wars against Muslim nations, wrongfully portrayed as threatening US security.
For Mohamud, at issue is entrapment. It should automatically raise red flags when used. According to Law Professor Anthony Barkow:
However, claiming intent doesn't prove it. Most often it's prosecutorial charges against the word of those accused, their side never getting out or is distorted.
Key unaddressed questions in Mohamud's case are why would FBI operatives incite an alleged terror attack? Did he really plan one, or did he say so under FBI provocation? Why would the FBI perhaps choose the time and/or place? Why would they give anyone a "bomb" to commit violence, real or otherwise? Why are only Muslims targeted? Might other motives be involved?
Most important is why perhaps was another innocent man incited, duped, set up, and now charged with what he may never have conceived of doing otherwise. Moreover, did he really want to detonate a bomb, or are key facts willfully concealed, especially the truth?
So far, it's unknown what he had in mind, if anything. Only FBI and corporate media accounts have explained, not Mohamud, who'll never be able to speak openly and freely, and if so, his side will be distorted.
Official accounts are notoriously falsified and exaggerated to incite fear, pitting the power of big government and big media against targeted victims, an intimidating mismatch.
The FBI said he "was in email contact with an unindicted associate (UA1) overseas who is believed to be involved in terrorist activities." In fact, he was an undercover FBI agent.
The account continued, saying he unsuccessfully tried to contact UA2. Then an undercover FBI operative (UA1) contacted him, agreeing to meet in Portland in July. Mohamud said he published an article in "Jihad Recollections" that also featured poetry, bin Laden speeches, and a how-to guide to global jihad.
In fact, the April 2009 issue in question carried bizarre images of masked fighters helping each other exercise. Yet, the entire magazine, including Mohamud's article, excluded calls for violence. Nonetheless, the FBI alleged he wanted to become "operational" but needed help.
At a second August meeting, he allegedly claimed a desire to commit violent jihad since age 15. Also that he identified a "potential target for a bomb: the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square...."
In response, the FBI alleged its "operatives cautioned Mohamud several times about the seriousness of this plan (emphasizing he) could abandon his attack plans at any time with no shame." If so, why did they give him the "bomb" to carry it out? Why did they lure him to a remote spot to detonate a "test" bomb in a backpack?
They also alleged he said "I want whoever is attending that event to leave either dead or injured," that he made a video with "apocalyptic phrases," and planned to leave the country after the November 26 incident.
What's true, false or uncertain isn't known.
Background on Muhamud
In 1991, he was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. In Portland, he attended Jackson Middle School and Wilson High School, then transferred to Westview High School in Beaverton. A classmate, Brandon Guffy, called him a "perfectly normal guy," saying he had Muslim friends interested in sports and hip-hop culture, and that he never acted extreme or talked about religion or politics.
A neighbor, Stephanie Napier, said his mother was extremely proud of her son, calling him her high-achiever who did well in school. She was shocked in disbelief about the accusations. The family practiced Islam, observed Muslim holidays and holy days, but didn't discuss religion at home. Napier called them "good people."
This past year, Muhamud was enrolled at Oregon State University but withdrew on October 6, according to school officials. No reasons were given.
On November 27, a Talk Left contributor, identified as Jeralyn, said:
Firedoglake's Teddy wrote:
A Final Comment
It's high time an aroused public understood that terrorists R us, that inflammatory official Washington and major media accounts are either bogus or suspect to enlist popular support for state crimes. They include imperial wars and repressive laws assuring police state justice against anyone challenging government policies or, in Mohamud's case, for political advantage.
They also plan mass impoverishment once deficit cutters finish transferring maximum public wealth to rich elites and corporate favorites. Unless public outrage stops it, we'll all be as vulnerable as Muhamud, unsure whether our turn may be next, yet unaware of what we should already know - that America is on a fast track to tyranny, no longer a fit place to live in!
Indifference is no longer an option! Political prisoner Lynne Stewart's November 19 letter to supporters called organized people "boots on the ground for righteousness. I love you all," she said, quoting an excerpt from Seamus Heaney's "The Cure at Troy," saying:
That tidal wave's time is now!
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