December 6th, 2010 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

An FBI Terrorism Sting Gone Wrong



As Portland city officials consider whether to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, it's worth noting not all federal terrorism stings end like the Nov. 26 arrest here of Mohamed Osman Mohamud.

The Washington Post had an interesting piece on Sunday about an anti-terrorism operation in Irvine, Calif., that went considerably less smoothly after the FBI tried to use a convicted forger to infiltrate a mosque.

Just past a boilerplate paragraph mentioning the Portland case comes the beef of the story:
In the Irvine case, Monteilh's mission as an informant backfired. Muslims were so alarmed by his talk of violent jihad that they obtained a restraining order against him.

He had helped build a terrorism-related case against a mosque member, but that also collapsed. The Justice Department recently took the extraordinary step of dropping charges against the worshiper, who Monteilh had caught on tape agreeing to blow up buildings, law enforcement officials said. Prosecutors had portrayed the man as a dire threat.

Compounding the damage, Monteilh has gone public, revealing secret FBI methods and charging that his "handlers" trained him to entrap Muslims as he infiltrated their mosques, homes and businesses. He is now suing the FBI.

Read the whole piece here.
 
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