As reported by CNN, “U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.”
And while I’m willing to congratulate anyone who foils an act of terrorism, the threat wasn’t as serious as it seems. The CNN article goes on to say that the suspect was set up. “The man received what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement…The man was arrested as soon as he accepted the vest from undercover officers.”
Apparently, the suspect was under lengthy surveillance during an extensive under-cover operation. US Capitol Police were “intimately” involved.
The report also says “The person is not connected to a terrorist organization and was acting alone.”
So just to break that down for everyone: The police targeted a lunatic, then propositioned him to make a terrorist attack. If the police had not propositioned the attack, it is unlikely one would have ever occurred. The whole Goddamn thing was fabricated. And as CNN properly notes, “The public was never in danger.”
So why is this front page news? Because the media is doing all it can to stir fear of Iran in order to validate another war that raises their readership. And what better way to stir fear than promoting a story about terrorism?
Incidents such as this aren’t really anything new. I’m pretty sure police set people up everyday. Let’s says under-cover officers tracked down a kid who blogged about wanting to kill “jocks”. If they gave that kid a gun, then stopped him before he boarded the bus, would that signify an increased risk of school shootings? No.
The report also brings up the issue of how we use the word “terrorist.” By definition, a terrorist is any individual who uses violence or threats as a method of coercion. Therefore, pretty much every low-life who robs people at gun point is a terrorist. But after September 11, that definition underwent a change. Nowadays a terrorist is anyone who makes violent threats while wearing a turban.
As far as I’m concerned, an individual not affiliated with a terrorist network is not a terrorist. He’s simply a suicidal maniac. And since there are plenty of those to go around, it’s not news.