May 4, 2012
Police and court records reveal that three of the five suspects entrapped and arrested by the FBI in a supposed plot to blow up a bridge in Ohio suffer from mental health problems, according to a report posted today by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Three of the five “anarchists” arrested by the FBI suffer from mental health issues.
One of the suspects, Brandon Baxter, was talked out of committing suicide in February. A week later he joined the plot arranged by an FBI informant.
“Really, from everything I know, this is not something Brandon would think up on his own,” said John Pyle, an attorney representing the disturbed 20 year old.
Pyle has questioned the role of an FBI “Confidential Human Source” in the case. “We need to … put the case under a microscope,” Pyle told the Los Angeles Times. “But just on the basis on the filing in the court, there’s some indicators that this informant was playing a really active role.”
Baxter’s lawyer revealed the identity of the “informer” who acted as a provocateur. Shaquille Azir is a convicted felon accused of passing bad checks. He has worked for the FBI since July of last year. It was Azir who arranged the purchase of inert C-4 explosive from an undercover FBI agent and also fronted money to buy the material the mentally disturbed “anarchists” believed was real explosive.
“The FBI source – who has been paid ‘$5750 for services and $550 for expenses’ – has prior convictions for cocaine possession (1990), robbery (1991), and four convictions for passing bad checks between 1991 and 2011, according to the bombing complaint. No mention is made, however, of Azir’s two pending criminal cases,” reports The Smoking Gun.
Azir, aka Kelvin Jackson, has a lengthy criminal record that also includes grand theft, tampering with records, and aggravated theft.
“The FBI is not choosy about the people it uses. Some have criminal records, including attempted murder or drug dealing or fraud. They are often paid six-figure sums, which critics say creates a motivation to entrap targets. Some are motivated by the promise of debts forgiven or immigration violations wiped clean. There has also been a relaxing of rules on what criteria the FBI needs to launch an investigation,” writes Paul Harris for the Guardian.
Since September 11, 2001, the FBI has built a huge network of informants. Many of them are convicted criminals. The agency maintains a roster of 15,000 spies, Trevor Aaronson wrote for Mother Jones last year. For every informant officially listed, Aaronson notes, the agency has as many as three unofficial ones, according to an FBI official.
The current network rivals COINTELPRO, the agency’s illegal surveillance and political neutralization operation that allegedly ended in the 1970s but in fact continues today. As Brian Glick and others have documented, covert action against political enemies is a permanent feature of the federal government.
The FBI and the federal government seek out the mentally ill and other deluded souls who are easily tricked into engaging in illegal behavior. This is done because the domestic terrorist threat is virtually nonexistent in America. It is a transparent chimera engineered by the government to provide a pretext to attack legitimate and constitutionally protected activity and characterize it with the help of the establishment media as terrorism.
In fact, the FBI and the feds – with the help of the corporate media – pose a far more serious threat to America than any number of mentally ill “anarchists” or Muslims.