Surprise, Surprise

When over the weekend the media began breathlessly repeating claims from unnamed intelligence officials that the CIA had foiled a deadly terrorist plot, I immediately suspected this would turn out like all the other cases, in which the episode is at least partly manufactured by some intelligence agency then used to demonstrate the need for the War on Terror. Most homegrown “terror” suspects are loners recruited by FBI informants and encouraged to engage in terrorists acts, supplied with equipment and instructions, then dramatically stopped at the last minute and with great fanfare by the FBI.

Sure enough, we now learn that underwear bomber #2 was a Yemeni double agent, most likely working for the CIA. How many times must we repeat this little bit of political theater before the public wises up?

Peter G. Klein is a Research Fellow, Associate Editor of The Independent Review, and Member of the Board of Advisors of the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute.
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