Unfortunately for the FBI and the whole "homeland security" apparatus — and the hundreds of billions of dollars they suck up each year to fight terror — there actually is very little or no real terrorism or terrorists in the US, and most labelled "terrorists" abroad are, as Professor Pape has shown, those who have the audacity to object to American occupation and drone attacks. Not to worry, where there is no real terror those creative minds in the terrorist-nabbing business can just invent it. Even if they have to use our money to scare the hell out of us.
As the UK Guardian reports the FBI is relentlessly and actively seeking those caught up in the drug war, those with mental illnesses, and the extremely downtrodden desperate for money to play starring roles in their ever more spectacular drama extravaganzas meant to convince us that there are innumerable plots afoot that but for the government's amazing abilities would have us all blown to smithereens...
As the Guardian reports:
"Critics say the FBI is running a sting operation across America, targeting – to a large extent – the Muslim community by luring people into fake terror plots. FBI bureaux send informants to trawl through Muslim communities, hang out in mosques and community centres, and talk of radical Islam in order to identify possible targets sympathetic to such ideals. Or they will respond to the most bizarre of tip-offs, including, in one case, a man who claimed to have seen terror chief Ayman al-Zawahiri living in northern California in the late 1990s."
Anyone wishing further background on this situation, there is an excellent book available that explains it all.