Jim Henley hints that the latest news about the FBI’s breakup of an alleged Al Qaida cell in Florida might teach us a thing or two about how to combat them — considering they seemed to be bumbling along until the FBI came in and started financing them upwards of $50,000 and providing equipment to them (via Hit & Run):
Wild speculation: You don’t suppose the Seas of David Cell was just trying to scam their “al-Qaeda contact” (FBI informant) out of a lot of cool shit, do you? Reading the indictment (pdf) is suggestive. We’re told that at their first meeting on December 16, the conspirators tell their “al Qaeda contact” that they want to build an “Islamic Army,” and would he please provide “boots, uniforms, machine guns, radios and vehicles” among other things.
My question is this: Why doesn’t the FBI take on the role of faux terrorist cells and find the network of financiers in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who are willing to fund attacks against the U.S.? This is hardly a difficult matter if they actually have the overseas network of phone numbers at hand. Instead of listening to everyone’s phone conversations here, try picking up the phone and start telemarketing those abroad who want to pay for destruction here and just scam them out of their dough.