Sen. Feinstein used FBI concocted terror case to argue for FISA expansion.
November 27, 2013
A teenager from Chicago ensnared in a phony bomb plot concocted by the FBI is a pawn in a “fake war on terror,” according to his lawyer, Thomas Durkin. On Tuesday, Durkin filed court papers portraying U.S. intelligence agencies as rogue entities exploiting a manufactured war on terror to circumvent the Constitution.
“This country, or at least civil liberties in this country as we have traditionally come to expect, is at another fear-laden crossroads,” Durkin writes in a document filed with the U.S. District Court in Illinois. “Not unlike the infamous and never ending ‘War on Drugs,’ the eternal ‘War on Terror’ as presented by the government intelligence agencies leaves us with another supposed Hobson’s choice between ‘national security’ and civil liberties.”
19-year-old Adel Daoud was arrested last year and charged in a plot to set off a bomb in a downtown Chicago intersection. It was revealed that the plot was in fact an FBI sting operation.
In 2011 Mother Jones published a report showing how the FBI now routinely scours Muslim communities for lone wolf patsies to be used in high-profile cases designed to perpetuate a fake war on terror. “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 on August 22, 2011.
The Daoud case reveals how federal and local governments now collude to prevent Americans from exercising their constitutional right to a fair trial. According to the defendant’s attorneys, the FBI secretly recorded telephone conversations at Daoud’s home and monitored his internet activity. The prosecution argues that national security will be violated if the information is released to the defendant’s lawyers or the public and the court has agreed to keep the information secret. Daoud’s lawyers insist their client was targeted for political opinions he expressed on the internet.
“So, what would normally in a routine case be not classified evidence becomes classified evidence in a terrorism-related case because the surveillance is usually done by an intelligence agency, be it the FBI, the CIA or the NSA or something like that,” Durkin argued before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein cited the FBI concocted case against Daoud last year as an example of the role unconstitutional surveillance plays in the war on terror.