Tuesday, August 18, 2009

FBI Training Bloggers To Incite Others?

Via breitbart.com (bolds are mine)

Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

"His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest," Orozco said.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, but the defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die.

"But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No difference whatsoever," Orozco said.

Special Agent Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI in Chicago, said he would not comment on or even confirm Turner's relationship with the FBI.

You can read the entire article here.

Okay, I realize the above assertion is being made by a defense attorney in the course of defending his client in a criminal case, but if true, this raises some very troubling questions about the activities of the FBI.

The idea that federal authorities are using people to go onto public forums and inciting people to break the law in order that they may then be arrested by these same authorities is extremely disturbing to me.

Entrapment of this nature used to be illegal in this country.

(h/t: Drudge)

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