The host of the popular news program Reality Check has asked if the Second Boston Massacre, as it is coming to be known, was a case of FBI entrapment which followed a tragic path similar to the known entrapment case of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
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In the 1993 bombing, an Egyptian informant captured FBI agents on hundreds of hours of tape discussing the luring of suspects into a plot which would eventually kill six people and injure thousands. The FBI's plan was to substitute a harmless black powder for gunpowder, but somehow the FBI, in the informant's words, "messed up." The taped evidence was never allowed into the trial of the conspirators.
The New York Times was given copies of the tapes. In an article "Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast," the New York Times reports an exchange between FBI agents and Emad A. Salem, 43-year-old former Egyptian army officer who had been recruited to penetrate a circle of Muslim extremists:
"In one of the first numbered tapes, Mr. Salem is quoted as telling agent Floyd: "Since the bomb went off I feel terrible. I feel bad. I feel here is people who don't listen."
Ms. Floyd seems to commiserate, saying, "hey, I mean it wasn't like you didn't try and I didn't try."
In an apparent reference to Mr. Salem's complaints about the supervisor, Agent Floyd adds, "You can't force people to do the right thing.""
Swann calls attention to a last-minute sweep of the finish line at the Boston Marathon, by bomb-sniffing dogs, just before the blasts. It was announced to the audience and runners not to "worry," and that the sweep was a "training exercise."
The 1993 World Trade Center bombing is one of numerous instances of the CIA and FBI working closely with terrorist elements from abroad in order to ostensibly serve a national security purpose. In February of 2012, at the sentencing of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the "Underwear Bomber," flight passenger Kurt Haskell said in court, in his victim impact statement, that he had seen personnel with security clearances usher Umar into a secure area which bypassed airport security. Haskell said in his court statement:
"In closing I will just say that regardless of how the media and government try to shape the public perception of this case, I am convinced that Umar was given an intentionally defective bomb by a U.S. Government agent and placed on our flight without showing a passport or going through security, to stage a false terrorist attack to be used to implement various government policies."Kurt Haskell Flight 253 Victim Impact Statement
After the Underwear Bomber episode, airports began implementing a policy of full body searches, including either electromagnetic imaging to see beneath clothing, or hand searches which some have deemed invasive of privacy.
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