WATCHING THE WATCHMEN
The Michigan kidnapping case is a major test for the Biden administration’s commitment to fighting domestic terrorism — and a crucible for the fierce ideological divisions pulling the country apart.
For six months, the Iraq War vet had been wearing a wire, gathering hundreds of hours of recordings. He wasn’t the only one. A biker who had traveled from Wisconsin to join the group was another informant. The man who’d advised them on where to put the explosives — and offered to get them as much as the task would require — was an undercover FBI agent. So was a man in one of the other cars who said little and went by the name Mark.
An examination of the case by BuzzFeed News also reveals that some of those informants, acting under the direction of the FBI, played a far larger role than has previously been reported. Working in secret, they did more than just passively observe and report on the actions of the suspects. Instead, they had a hand in nearly every aspect of the alleged plot, starting with its inception. The extent of their involvement raises questions as to whether there would have even been a conspiracy without them.
As much as I dislike Wretchen those guys that plotted to do harm need to be prosecuted and punished
You’d think they’d be all over 18 Trump supported plotting to kidnap a democratic governor… but there must be something more, otherwise that would have been in the news as much as 1/6/2021…
Oh that’s it, the FBI had 12 of the “plotters” working for them… oops! Nothing to see here!
Let the process find out what really happened
BuzzFeed just published an article in which it appears the FBI informants played a role from inception. Reading the article now
Six defendants and twelve informants.
FBI is using the same playbook they used after 9/11 to arrest a bunch of loser Muslim men in “terrorist” plots.
This time around, they are using it on loser right-winger men.
A longtime government informant from Wisconsin, for example, helped organize a series of meetings around the country where many of the alleged plotters first met one another and the earliest notions of a plan took root, some of those people say. The Wisconsin informant even paid for some hotel rooms and food as an incentive to get people to come.
The Iraq War vet, for his part, became so deeply enmeshed in a Michigan militant group that he rose to become its second-in-command, encouraging members to collaborate with other potential suspects and paying for their transportation to meetings. He prodded the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping plot to advance his plan, then baited the trap that led to the arrest.
This account is based on an analysis of court filings, transcripts, exhibits, audio recordings, and other documents, as well as interviews with more than two dozen people with direct knowledge of the case, including several who were present at meetings and training sessions where prosecutors say the plot was hatched. All but one of the 14 original defendants have pleaded not guilty, and they vigorously deny that they were involved in a conspiracy to kidnap anyone.
FBI helps plot a kidnapping and then arrests people they convinced to be a part of it. FBI is the terror organization for the liberals.
So 12 people from the FBI (that’s controlled by the democrats) plot a kidnapping, blame Trump supporters even though there were none, then prosecute 6 other people… all while trying to make it seem like it was Trump doing the kidnapping himself.
Add another lie to the list!
The FBI is a corrupt organization. They just hide behind the “law enforcement heroes” bullshit. The leadership at least is all either corrupt, incompetent, or both.
Attorneys for all but one of the defendants declined invitations to comment on the record for this story. To date, one defendant has formally accused the government of entrapment, arguing that the FBI assembled the key plotters, encouraged the group’s anti-government feelings, and even gave its members military-style training. Additional defendants have said they plan to make similar claims when the cases, divided between federal and state court, go to trial starting as soon as October.
Last week, the lawyer for one defendant filed a motion that included texts from an FBI agent to a key informant, the Iraq War veteran, directing him to draw specific people into the conspiracy — potential evidence of entrapment that he said the government “inadvertently disclosed.” He is requesting all texts sent and received by that informant, and other attorneys are now considering motions that accuse the government of intentionally withholding evidence of entrapment.
These trials and the verdicts that follow will be a good measuring stick of how far gone the country is.
If they are withholding evidence, that’s greasy. Unfortunate, cause it’s enough to get this tossed. The info in those articles above, however, is far too spun snd ambiguous to mean much on its own. I’d like to see a list of all 12 and their alleged role in the plot.
It’s been a while since I’ve read on entrapment, but but I recall it being pretty hard to claim when you’re committing a bunch of other felonies already. (Just a guess)
Par for the course for the FBI.
Very long article
Meanwhile, Gregory Townsend, one of the lead prosecutors handling the cases against eight of the defendants in Michigan state court, was reassigned in May pending an attorney general audit into whether he had withheld evidence about deals cut with informants during a murder and arson trial in Oakland County in 2000. And on Sunday, in a matter apparently unrelated to the alleged kidnapping conspiracy, one of the lead FBI agents in the case, Richard J. Trask, was charged in state court in Kalamazoo with assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
A spokesperson for the Michigan attorney general’s office said that the defendants’ claims “are not indisputable facts,” adding that the office “will counter and correct these issues in court.” The Department of Justice declined requests for an interview or to provide comment for this article, citing its policy not to discuss pending criminal cases. An FBI spokesperson said the bureau is aware of the charges against Trask but declined further comment for this article.
Claiming government entrapment is a common strategy in domestic terrorism cases — in part because it is among the only available defenses if prosecutors have evidence from extensive surveillance. Such defenses usually fail, and most domestic terrorism defendants are convicted.
And if the FBI set them up then hat needs to be dealt with as well. This country is in such a bad place
Wasn’t the lead guy an Antifa member or an anarchist or was he too a fed?