By Trevor Aaronson
A groundbreaking paintings of investigative journalism, the fear manufacturing facility: contained in the FBI's synthetic battle on Terror indicates how the FBI has, lower than the guise of carrying out counterterrorism considering that 11th of September, outfitted a community of greater than fifteen thousand informants whose fundamental goal is to infiltrate Muslim groups to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots in order that the bureau can then declare victory within the conflict on Terror.
An outgrowth of Trevor Aaronson's paintings as an investigative reporting fellow on the college of California, Berkeley—which culminated in an award-winning hide tale in mom Jones magazine—The Terror manufacturing facility unearths surprising information regarding the criminals, con males, and liars the FBI makes use of as paid informants, in addition to documenting the extraordinary equipment the FBI makes use of to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots—which are actually conceived and financed by means of the FBI.
The publication bargains unparalleled element into how the FBI has reworked from a reactive legislations enforcement organization to a proactive counterterrorism organization—including the tale of an accused assassin who turned one of many FBI's such a lot prolific terrorism informants—and how so-called terrorism specialists and specialists have made fortunes via exaggerating the specter of Islamic terrorism within the United States.
Trevor Aaronson is affiliate director and co-founder of the Florida heart for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit journalism association that produces reporting approximately Florida and Latin the United States. He used to be a 2010–11 investigative reporting fellow on the collage of California, Berkeley, the place his reporting concerning the FBI's informants in US Muslim groups ended in a mom Jones disguise tale that received the loo Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2012 Excellence in legal Justice Reporting Award.
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Many of the mujahidin in Afghanistan and later on in Iraq—especially those who came from other countries, either as exiles or on a voluntary basis—adopted the takfir principles of creating an isolated society of true Muslims waging jihad against the rest. They also seized upon the extreme brand of Wahhabism practiced in the 1930s by the Wahhabi Ikhwan zealots, who settled on the borders of the new Saudi Arabian kingdom and developed radical ideas that were counter to the rest of their society. According to Abdallah Azzam, the only way to consolidate all of these ideas was through protracted jihad.
This is especially the case when the war is being waged against non-Muslims—as against Israel and in Iraq—and is thus more likely to enjoy governmental tolerance and public support. In Saudi Arabia, for example, telethons and public appeals have been organized to finance Hamas. Funds may also be raised as protection money, since those giving can fear they will themselves be attacked if they do not provide such support. In some cases, business enterprises may be set up as fronts or to finance groups.
The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism by Trevor Aaronson