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  •  Not to worry... (37+ / 0-)

    ...FBI-created terrorism (now approaching close to 200 events, since 9/11) and law-enforcement-sponsored agent provocateurs are on the job!

    The only stated evidence (incident) in the government's argument in support of Section 215 of the Patriot Act regards the fed's "detection" of a San Diego cab driver giving a few thousand dollars to a terrorist organization in Somalia. He's serving a draconian sentence as a result of that.

    In the meantime, over the past few years we've learned HSBC, Standard Chartered and Wells Fargo/Wachovia laundered approximately $1.5 trillion in South American drug cartel, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and organized crime money, internationally. Those entities received fines equivalent to a few weeks worth of their net profits. Nobody went to jail.

    Who are terrorists--at least as far as our government's approach to these matters are concerned--exactly?

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:05:24 AM PDT

    •  The KKK deathray (16+ / 0-)

      The FBI's Fake KKK Death Ray Attack on Andrew Cuomo, Debunked
      First, the plan allegedly crafted by Crawford and alleged co-conspirator Eric J. Feight was ridiculous — the death ray would't work. The plan involved mounting a remote-control operated X-ray laser on top of a truck to kill people without them noticing. Yes, you can aim radiation, but it requires a ton of electricity, and the target has to stand still for a long time and be close to the source. "There is no instant death ray... It's not feasible. It's the stuff of comic books," Dr. Frederic Mis, radiation safety officer at the University of Rochester Medical Center, told the Associated Press. Think how the machines that deliver radiation for cancer treatment take up whole rooms, Peter Caracappa, a lecturer in nuclear engineering program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, told All Over Albany. "The idea of it might be theoretically possible, but is extremely infeasible because of the tremendous amount of power and or cooling that would be required to deliver a lethal radiation dose in a short period of time," Caracappa said.

      Second, the death ray was inoperable. Crawford and Feight never got a real radiation source.

      Third, the death ray was built with the help of the FBI. The undercover FBI agents or informants gave Crawford the tools to build his death ray — X-ray tubes — and technical specs on how to use it. (The specs were altered to change their output capacity.) Crawford had some engineering experience, and was trying to figure out how to make them more powerful. An FBI informant also financed the plot, giving Feight $1,000 to build the remote control device. Undercover agents told Feight they'd get him access to an X-ray assembly facility.

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:10:51 AM PDT

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