If you thought agents provacateur went out of vogue when COINTELPRO
was ostensibly dismantled in 1971, think
again. There's a "terrorist" named Hamid Hayat on trial on California
right now in a case that for some reason hasn't received much focus nationally.
Hayat is accused of (and denies) having attended "terrorist training camps"
in Pakistan and is charged with "providing material support to terrorists."
Hayat says that he went to Pakistan to find a wife, which he did.
Anyway, here's what came out in the trial today:
An FBI informant repeatedly pushed a terror suspect to attend an Al-Qaida
camp while he was in Pakistan, at one point yelling at him in a telephone
conversation: "Be a man -- do something!"
His [the informant's] attorney, Wazhma Mojaddidi, has previously said the
government paid Khan [the informant] $250,000 since it recruited him shortly
after the 2001 terror attacks. He was working at a fast-food restaurant in
Bend, Ore., at the time. Khan, 32, emigrated from Pakistan as a teenager and
was awarded U.S. citizenship after he became an informant, according to previous
He struck up a friendship with Hayat shortly after arriving in Lodi in May
2002 as part of an FBI effort to infiltrate the area's Pakistani community.
My inclination, based just on what I've read in the paper, is to think Hayat
is innocent. But imagine, if you will, that he was a person who, thanks to the
efforts of this agent provacateur, not only did attend a terrorist
training camp, but then subsequently slipped into Afghanistan and set off a
bomb which killed U.S. troops (this didn't happen, of course, I'm just posing
a hypothetical here). This is the kind of dangerous game the U.S. government
routinely plays. And it's something to keep in mind when you read, for example,
about the bombing of the Golden Mosque of Samarra.
Back here, if you, like many of my readers, are an activist, beware the agent
provacateur, the person who is always egging you on to "attack
the cops" or engage in other illegal activities (and I'm not talking here
about civil disobedience or the like). Chances are at least reasonable they're
a cop themselves, or a least a paid informant, doing their best not only to
entrap you personally, but to destroy the organization you're part of. Don't
let them succeed in their evil game.
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