Homeland security

"He would walk up to one of my friends and say, 'It's good that you guys are getting ready for the jihad.'"


The Washington Post tells the tale of a comically inept FBI informant who joined a California mosque to recruit would-be jihadists. When he wouldn't stop with the anti-America, hey-let's-blow-things-up stuff, the mosque took out a restraining order against him . . . and reported him to the FBI.

But he wasn't completely inept. He did make $177,000, tax free, for 15 months of work.

UPDATE: Jesse Walker beat me to the story.

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  1. Clip from Team America or FBI training video? You decide.

    1. Durka Durka Jihad Jihad

  2. a comically inept FBI informant

    I’m laughing on the inside.

  3. I wonder if he ended all his conversations with “End transmission”.

  4. Everytime I try to follow the link my browser freezes.

  5. Homer: Hey, so you’re watching the ballgame. Looks like a good one! Any of you involved in any illegal activity, ’cause I could sure go for some!
    Homer: How about you, Lenny? Testing, testing… Lenny?
    Lenny: Are you saying you wanna commit a crime, Homer?
    Homer: Maybe. But first I need to hear about some other crimes to get me fired up.

    1. Marge: They want you to spy on your friends?!
      Homer: Not spy, squeal!

  6. I am in love with this story. Thanks Radley. Its like “Eastbound & Down”-Meets-“24”. A pretend Jack Bauer… actually a fat idiotic self-important ex convict mooching money off the Feds, who has occasional meets in donut shops and is constantly nagging his muslim buddies about getting their Jihad on.

    I’m sorry, but this has to become a TV series.

  7. …Starring Rob Schneider as Agent McGillicuddy. In theaters this summer…

  8. I was just a boy when the infidels came to my village in their Blackhawk helicopters. The infidels fired at the oil fields and they lit up like the eyes of Allah. Burning oil rained down from the sky and cooked everything it touched. I could only hide myself and cry as my goats were consumed by the fiery black liquid death.

    In the midst of the chaos, I could swear that I heard my goats screaming for help. As quickly as they had come, the infidels were gone. It was on that day I put a jihad on them.

    And if you don’t believe it, then you’d better kill me now, because I’ll put a jihad on you, too.

    1. Because that’s what we do in the Middle East: burn oil fields.

      1. Oh shit, man. Now he’s going to put a jihad on you.

        1. And I was like “Dude, you have no Quran.”

    2. So does a jihad work like a gypsy curse?

  9. Stupid FBI. Instead of creating jihadists (such as that Somali kid), they should be looking for them.

    “There’s no need to fear. Underzog is here!”

    1. But if you create them, then you know exactly where to find them. It makes things much easier.

    2. Don’t be stupid. They didn’t “create” him, they just nabbed him. The kid was the very kind of young, stupid, and violent lone-wolf terrorist this kind of scheme was devised to snag, and it snagged him.

      To put it another way, who’s really the stupid one: the guys who come up with a ruse that sounds as ridiculous as this one, or the guy who actually falls for it? That lone-wolf Somali idiot does strike me as some really low-hanging fruit, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t need to be plucked. Other stupid young terrorist wannabes might think twice about going looking for trouble now that one of their kind has found some.

  10. You forgot to put the word work in quotation marks at the end there.

  11. I fully expect to see the mosque-baiters show up and apologize, crediting the Muslims in our midst for reporting one of their own to the authorities, as said baiters have said they (alone among religious groups) have a duty to do.

    Oh, wait, who am I kidding.

  12. Do you actually mean “mosque-baters”?

  13. Well, add one more item to the list of “super easy things to cut from the budget.”

    “FBI Terror Nation” has got to be right up there with education and ag subsidies.

    At least when the FBI started infiltrating the Klan to take it down, there were indigenous Klaverns that they could start with. Shoot with these lazy a-rabs, the poor FBI has to build their whole terror network from the ground up.

    1. As with the others here, you’ve got the cause and effect backwards. They’re not looking for–let alone “building”–any terror networks, just putting out bait for lone wolves. They could probably do better than just sending a guy to ask blatantly leading questions like this, but as mentioned, it worked with that idiot in Portland, didn’t it? All it took was a few wires, a dummy bomb, and a couple of agents with a sense of humor. If it worked once, it might work again.

      Speaking of the Klan, by the way, did you ever hear of how they took down the bedsheet-wearing scum who lynched a couple of Freedom Riders? They found a guy with a big mouth named James Jordan and paid him a few bucks to roll over on his Klan buddies. That’s another tactic they ought to try with these stupid young terrorist wannabes.

  14. “But he wasn’t completely inept. He did make $177,000, tax free, for 15 months of work.”

    Shouldn’t that read: for 15 months of “work.”

  15. When he wouldn’t stop with the anti-America, hey-let’s-blow-things-up stuff, the mosq

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