The FBI is at it again, boasting about stopping another contrived terror plot of their own making. This time they nabbed a right-winger working with the Taliban which happen to be an FBI agent provocateur.
According to the FBI:
Federal agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, age 28, of San Jose, California, this morning after he allegedly attempted to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at a bank branch in Oakland.
Llaneza’s arrest was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI’s South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force. Unbeknownst to Llaneza, the explosive device that he allegedly attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public…
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, on November 30, 2012, Llaneza met with a man who led him to believe he was connected with the Taliban and the mujahidin in Afghanistan. In reality, this man was an undercover FBI agent.
Mike Masnick of TechDirt sums up this story nicely:
The details are familiar: random guy with no actual connection to terrorists, and no actual way to build a connection with terrorists, is taken in by an FBI undercover agent who works with him to build a ‘bomb’ that was never a bomb. In other words, there was no plot. There was no bomb. There was just a bunch of undercover agents playing dressup.
However, there is something different about this patsy versus the Islamic recruits in the past. Although the undercover FBI agent posed as a Taliban agent, Llaneza himself was reportedly seeking to implicate right-wing militia groups to incite a government response that he hoped would lead to a civil war. Hmm. That’s interesting.
The FBI says:
He (Llaneza) proposed structuring the attack to make it appear that the responsible party was an umbrella organization for a loose collection of anti-government militias and their sympathizers. Llaneza’s stated goal was to trigger a governmental crackdown, which he expected would trigger a right-wing counter-response against the government followed by, he hoped, civil war.
Are we to believe that a genuine anti-government right winger would collude with a Taliban agent to blow up a private bank in hopes of starting a civil war?
The FBI has become known for keeping the fear of the terror threat alive through creating over 150 patsies that they stop at the last minute to look like heroes. Below is Trevor Aaronson, author ofThe Terror Factory, discussing these devious tactics by the FBI:
Up until now, the FBI’s fake terror campaign has been used to inflate the Islamic terror threat. Now it seems they are seeking to inflate the threat from militias, right-wing extremists, and other “loosely connected anti-government groups”. And, strangely, they’re attempting to indicate that these groups may somehow work with the Taliban.
It’s stranger than fiction, folks.