Yesterday, the FBI, with the help of an informant, stopped a plot by a 21-year old terrorist from Bangladesh to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. You don’t have to be a prophet to know how the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and similar Brotherhood-originated groups will react. If you listen carefully, you can already hear the cries of “entrapment!”
The suspect, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, is a subscriber to the Al Qaeda version of Islamism, a fan of the works of Anwar al-Awlaki that dedicated his scheme to “Sheikh Osama Bin Laden.” After he arrived in the U.S. in January, he unknowingly enlisted an FBI informant in his plot. The agency watched his every move, documenting his surveillance of possible targets. He contemplated an attack on the Stock Exchange or an assassination attempt on President Obama, but selected the Federal Reserve Bank.
The FBI had the informant assist him in building his car bomb that was designed to never pose a threat. The FBI doesn’t do this to scare the public but to build a solid, irrefutable case. After Nafis tried to detonate the “bomb” with his cell phone, he was arrested. That was the smoking gun that the agency sought. An accomplice, referred to as “Yacqueen” by the FBI, was arrested on unrelated charges.
Nafis even recorded a martyrdom video just before he believed he would commit the atrocity. In it, he articulated what he was ultimately fighting for. It wasn’t the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan or Palestinian statehood. It was the “obliteration of America as well as the…establishment of Khilapha [the Caliphate].”
The use of informants, especially ones that go to mosques, is one of the top gripes of CAIR and its allies. It’s almost certain that these groups will soon cry foul and accuse the government of “entrapment,” of using “agent provocateurs” to conjure up terror plots and of sending spies into mosques just because they are Islamic. A common mantra of these groups is that the FBI is responsible for radicalizing the terror suspects. If it is revealed that the FBI’s informant met Nafis in a mosque, expect a flurry of negative press releases and loud condemnations.
On October 17, ClarionProject.org published an article with several examples of this pattern. The Executive Director of CAIR-Michigan, Dawud Walid, immediately used his influence to encourage Muslims to believe that Luqman Abdullah, a terrorism suspect that died after opening fire on FBI agents seeking his arrest, was a victim of racism. After four terrorism suspects were arrested in New York, he immediately said the FBI is “manufacturing their own terrorism suspects to give the appearance that they’re actually doing something in the so-called ‘War on Terrorism.’”
Pressuring the FBI to stop using informants (especially in mosques) is to be expected of a group that’s an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history, but there is also an ideological underpinning to it. Islamists believe that true justice and freedom can only come under a Sharia-based government. All others are inherently unjust, especially ones ruling over small Muslim minorities. This creates a strong inclination to believe in conspiracy theories about “Islamophobia” and systematic government persecution. And, of course, victimhood is good for fundraising.
CAIR and its partners will make this arrest fit their theme that Muslim-Americans are an oppressed community in need of their protection. You probably won’t have to wait long to see that prediction fulfilled.
Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org's National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.