From the Grey Lady:
The United States on Tuesday accused Iranian officials of plotting to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States in a bizarre scheme involving an Iranian-American used-car salesman who believed he was hiring assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million.
The alleged plot also included plans to pay the cartel, Los Zetas, to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Washington and the Saudi and Israeli Embassies in Argentina, according to a law enforcement official.
The plotters also discussed a side deal between the Quds Force, part of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Los Zetas to funnel tons of opium from the Middle East to Mexico, the official said. The plans never progressed, though, because the two suspects — the Iranian-American and an Iranian Quds Force officer — unwittingly were dealing with an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said.
I think that America would be much safer if federal agencies weren’t simultaneously supporting and stopping terrorist plots.
Look, I know that plenty of people desire to destroy America. And maybe the government should pay a little bit more attention to people who talk about wanting to blow up innocent citizens and whatnot. But if these sorts of people don’t have any means or opportunities to show their hatred of America, why, then, should the government provide them with such?
It’s not inherently dangerous for people to have hatred for others. Having ulterior motives is not sufficient for causing violence. One must not only have a motive, but both means and opportunity as well. And in this case, the federal government is deliberately seeking out those with terroristic motives and providing them with the means and opportunities to actually commit acts of terrorism.
While federal agents claim that they have these sort of situations under control, and are only doing this to put dangerous people behind bars, it seems that this practice of providing domestic wannabe terrorists with the ability to actually act on their impulses could have potentially negative side effects, like an actual terrorist attack. Government agencies aren’t perfect, and it would only take one misstep to let a fully funded terrorist commit an act of terrorism at the implicit behest of the government.
As such, I would feel much safer if the government got out of the terrorist business.