By Mac Slavo
So, if anyone is keeping score, in a few short days we have seen a sensational and brutal terror attack in Paris, followed by an alleged plot filled with intrigue to poison Speaker of the House John Boehner, and now a thwarted effort to wage a full on jihadi assault against the U.S. Capitol with machine guns.
The only problem with this is that at least half of it is fiction.
An Ohio man who allegedly wanted to set up an ISIS cell in the U.S. was arrested Wednesday and accused of planning to attack the U.S. Capitol. But U.S. officials told NBC News the man was dealing with a government informer working undercover the entire time and was never in a position to carry out his plan.
Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, near Cincinnati, was arrested after he bought two M-15 semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition as the undercover operative watched, according to an FBI affidavit.
Cornell’s father, John Cornell, said the family was blindsided by the arrest.
“He never showed any signs of violence or anything,” John Cornell said of his son.
Classic drama to sow fear among the public, and revive support for the surveillance state in the post-Snowden world where many are disillusioned and everyone knows the government is spying on their phone calls and Internet activity.
Activist Post noted:
The FBI is at it again. Creating fake terror plots to justify their existence. And this plot hits on all the themes one would expect from a good fake terror plot.
The FBI initially found a patsy by trolling Twitter for support of ISIS. That’s exciting because finding someone retarded enough to admit support for murderers is really difficult. Then they sent an in-house jihadist to team up with the patsy to plan a grand terror attack on the nation’s Capitol. Heroically, the moment the 20-year-old patsy said he would “go forward with violent jihad” the FBI steps in and declares a victory in the war on terror.
Now, thanks to the media, new found support for surveillance is again being drummed up in Europe and at home. As Melissa Melton pointed out, former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden was playing up the value of metadata the day after the Hebdo Charlie attacks:
You know, I was talking to you guys about 12 months ago, about these massive amounts of metadata that NSA held in storage. That metadata doesn’t look all that scary this morning and I wouldn’t be surprised if the French services pick up cell phones associated with the attack and ask the Americans, ‘where have you seen these phones active globally?’.
And there’s plenty more support for spying in the works at the moment, and in the immediate future.