Mohamed Osman Mohamud

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his agency’s use of stings to capture wanna-be terrorists in a speech Friday night to 300 U.S. Muslim leaders in California.

The New York Times reported that Holder made specific reference to a Portland sting federal agents concluded against Mohamed Osman Mohamud over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Mr. Holder was given a standing ovation as he took the stage, and many applauded during his speech. But the room fell silent for several minutes while Mr. Holder defended the sting operation in an Oregon bombing case last month, calling it a ’successful undercover operation’ and not a case of entrapment,” The Times reported. “Those who think otherwise, he said, ’simply do not have their facts straight.’”