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Undercover Stings Used To Fight Domestic Terrorism

Associated Press - December 14, 2013 9:39 pm

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The arrest of a Kansas man accused of trying to bring a bomb into a Wichita airport marked the latest in a string of undercover operations that have become a successful, widely used domestic counterterrorism tactic.

Court documents detail six months of alleged conversation between Terry Lee Loewen and undercover FBI agents leading up to Loewen’s Friday arrest.

The discussions began as vague sentiments about committing “violent jihad” against the U.S., then turned into a plot in which the agents recruited Loewen to use his access to a the airport for a martyrdom operation.

The FBI insists such stings are a vital, legal tool for averting potentially deadly attacks — and juries have returned tough sentences.

But defense attorneys and others say the tactics involve entrapment and violate civil liberties.

Kammy Reeves

December 15, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Entrapment and violate civil liberties? Well, maybe the defense attorneys and these “others” should pack their crap and move to the middle east where it seems they belong!

Darren Kneubuhl

December 16, 2013 at 2:57 am

is he guilty already? (KR) the country is losing constitutional morals and rights that we live by. i am in no way of thinking what he is CHARGED with is ok, just the oppposite. but if the F>B>I> put this guy in a situation that he wouldnt otherwise be in….hmmm.law enforcement and government officials are not exeempt from laws and should not break laws and remembner we the people, have constitutonal rights. IF he is found guilty then fry him

Fred Hanson

December 16, 2013 at 8:03 am

We the people have lost our rights. Our country is becoming a police state. This guy was set up then pushed into what he ended up doing by the FBI. They use brain washing on people and those on the edge succumb. If you think we have rights look what this radio station and its manager have done on this site to take freedom of speech away from people.

Fuchs Mi

December 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

Fred you are so right. Especially the last statement you made about this site. I wish people like Kammy would get set up and see if they would make the same comment.

Darren Kneubuhl

December 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm

i totaly agree, Fred Hanson. and FuchsMi nailed it. law enforcement agencies can be just as (if not more) corrupt than the citizen they pin-up

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