The U.S. has a vast and very expensive Homeland
Security bureaucracy with nothing to do. There hasn't been a terrorist attack
in America since 2001. There has been a vast quantity of terror alerts, the
purpose of which was to scare Americans into supporting an unnecessary and illegal
aggressive attack on Iraq.
As very few, if any, real terrorists have turned up, the FBI has resorted to
creating terrorists by soliciting Muslim-Americans and appealing to them with
schemes to aid "jihadists." Recently, two American citizens were caught in a
FBI sting. One, an Ivy League-educated physician, is charged with agreeing to
provide medical care to wounded holy warriors in Saudi Arabia. The other, a
famous jazz musician, is charged with agreeing to train jihadists in martial
According to the Washington Times of June 1, the FBI began its sting
in 2003, so it took two years of work and cajoling to manufacture the case against
these two Americans.
What the FBI has done to Dr. R.A. Sabir and Tarik Shah was once known as entrapment.
Judges would throw out entrapment cases, because crime was believed to require
intent. If the intent was given to the accused by the police through enticement
or threats, it was not regarded as criminal intent on the accused person's part.
Unfortunately, "law and order" conservatives used fear of crime to "give our
police more effective measures to clear criminals off our streets" and managed
to eliminate the entrapment defense.
Some years ago, the FBI, posing as Arab oil sheiks, entrapped U.S. representatives
in a sting operation. The FBI handed out large bundles of cash to congressmen
who accepted the offer to represent the fake sheiks' interests. Film footage
of the congressmen stuffing their pockets with money was all the FBI needed
to convict the members. The fact that campaign contributions come from interest
groups that expect to be represented did not count in the stung U.S. representatives'
Note that the two latest victims, Sabir and Tarik, could not have offered their
services to jihadists, because no jihadists were present. Note also that Sabir
and Tarik are not accused of actually performing an act of service. Sabir and
Tarik had no contact with real jihadists, and they committed no act of service
to jihadists. Yet both face $250,000 fines and 15 years in prison.
All that happened was that two productive American citizens were deceived by
government agents for no other purpose than those agents having to show "results"
in the "war on terror."
How does it make us safer to put a medical doctor and a jazz musician in prison?
Why did the FBI spend two years entrapping these two American citizens?
Both men have wives and children. Suppose both men agreed to provide some service
to jihadists. (We don't know that they did. We only have the FBI's word for
it, a word that is not worth much.) The reason could easily be fear of reprisals.
Suppose you are a Muslim-American and FBI agents misrepresenting themselves
as dangerous jihadists demanded services of you? Neither of the accused agreed
to participate in a terrorist act: no bombs, no shootings, no hijackings. A
doctor agreed to keep his Hippocratic oath if presented with wounded people
in Saudi Arabia. A jazz musician agreed to teach martial arts. When was the
last time a terrorist attacked with judo or karate?
Many years ago, there was a movie, Captain
Blood with Errol Flynn, about a British medical doctor who treated a
man wounded in an act of rebellion against England. The English judge, portrayed
in the movie as unjust in the extreme, ruled that being humane was tantamount
to being a rebel, and the doctor was sold into slavery to the Spanish.
In the movie, the doctor did actually treat the wounded man. The charge against
Dr. Sabir is that he agreed to treat a wounded man if presented with one in
Saudi Arabia in the future. There is no way of knowing if he would have done
so. But if the U.S. is prepared to deny medical treatment to its opponents,
why does anyone doubt the torture stories?
The FBI is so desperate to capture a terrorist that it spent two years setting
up a doctor on this specious charge.
Like the police who find it easier to frame people than to convict them on
the evidence, the FBI will find it easier to manufacture "terrorists" with entrapment
than to catch real terrorists.