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The Intercept's just released a 4-part series about US government terrorism prosecutions since 9/11 called Trial and Terror, including amazing data visualizations: theintercept.com/series/trial-

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Over 400 people convicted of terrorism in the US have been released since 9/11, with with little if any monitoring by law enforcement.

"[This] might suggest U.S. government officials believe they can be fully rehabilitated following minor prison terms. A more likely explanation is that many of these so-called terrorists weren’t particularly dangerous in the first place."


A group of Miami men who discussed a bomb plot with an undercover informant "spent six to 13 years behind bars; they couldn’t become cooperating witnesses, because they didn’t know any real terrorists. But the more dangerous a defendant, or the more extensive his contacts with terrorists, the more likely he can leverage his connections for leniency."


@micahflee The FBI did something like that here in Rochester. They basically singled out a mentally ill poor person, pretended to be from ISIS and then gave him money to go buy knives and stuff from Wal-Mart. Then they arrested him for terrorism.

@csaurus it's likely he's in the terrorism database trial-and-terror.theintercept. -- you can filter by state and charges

@csaurus @micahflee I've read about a few cases like that. Arguably the "spycops" cases here were an attempt to do something similar, and agents provocateurs are a well known phenomenon. What passes for politics can be an incredibly shady business in which people just get used as pawns in someone's personal power game.
@bob @micahflee I have to read the intercept article more extensively later. But it's hardly surprising. The police have always preyed on the weakest members of society here in the US. 

@csaurus @bob this article is specifically about FBI sting operations, and how few of the terrorist suspects have any links to terrorism, and are only aided by undercover FBI agents pretending to be terrorists theintercept.com/2017/04/20/fb

@micahflee @bob Just finished reading this and one of the people mentioned is the very same person I was thinking of. I actually lived about two blocks from where they apprehended him. Ridiculous that he got 20 years.