Originally posted by MystikMushroom
The sad thing is, without FBI involvement behind the scenes -- this guy probably would never have actually done any harm to anyone. He probably had NO CLUE how to build a bomb, or even the courage to do it. That prodding undercover FBI agent most likley held his hand the whole way.
ETA: From what I've learned, the FBI targets people that they can easily manipulate. They probably saw some online ranting of his on youtube/facebook/message boards and zeroed in on him. Just because you spew hate filled rants, it does not mean you are a real threat.
Basically, they are coercing someone into committing a crime that they may or may not have done on their own. I guess the FBI has "precogs" in water-filled tanks that can see the future -- otherwise how can they know if someone will do something before they do it?edit on 8-2-2013 by MystikMushroom because: (no reason given)
To prove it was entrapment, you'd have to say that the agents forced someone into committing a crime they would have never done, or thought of doing on their own.
a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials.
Originally posted by ajay59
reply to post by Klassified
Could not the agent involved be named as a co-conspirator? If he was involved in this devious plot right up to the moment of attempted detonation, I would think he would be guilty of the same non-crime!
In criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime at some time in the future.
Originally posted by ugie1028
notice these foiled attempts... the FBI or whatever alphabet agency gave them the bomb/device beforehand and then bust him as they try to use it. Why not bust him on conspiracy to commit terrorism (when they found him) instead of enabling it all to unfold?