February 17, 2012
A man wearing what he thought was an explosive vest has been arrested at a steakhouse on Constitution Avenue near the Capitol.
NBC and Fox report the vest contained inert chemicals and was provided by the FBI. The suspect was the target of an undercover investigation for about two months, according to USA Today.
Law enforcement said the “person arrested was canvassing the U.S. Capitol with violent intentions, the Associated Press reports. He was not believed to have any known connections to al-Qaeda,” according to USA Today.
Officialdom said the arrest “was the culmination of a lengthy and extensive operation during which the individual was closely and carefully monitored,” WUSA TV reports.
In August, it was reported the FBI currently employs upwards of 15,000 undercover agents, ten times the number they had in 1975, and the vast majority of terror plot arrests in the United States are the result of FBI sting operations.
“By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize,” RT reported.
The Capitol sting arrives a few days after terrorist attacks in India, Georgia and Thailand. Israel, the United States, and the establishment media have uniformly declared the attacks to be the work of Iran and its “proxy” Hezbollah despite strenuous denials by Iran.
The FBI has yet to link the latest plot to Iran.