“Defense attorney Joseph Balter said Martinez will plead not guilty and ‘vigorously contest the charges.’ He has raised entrapment as an issue.” The charges of entrapment are silly for Muhammad Hussain or any Muslim caught in a terror plot to try to pursue. Think about it: what would it take to lead you to participate in a terrorist mass-murder plot? If undercover agents approached you and tried to entice you into working to kill large numbers of innocent people, how hard would it be to convince you to do it?
Speaking strictly for myself, I have absolutely no worries of ever being entrapped in this way; there is simply nothing, under any circumstances, that anyone could say to me to convince me to blow anyone up. And so if someone showed up and started trying to cajole me into doing so, I would find him irritating, but I wouldn’t even come close to doing anything that would enable anyone to portray me as guilty of anything. Muhammad Hussain, in contrast, went ahead with his jihad mass-murder plot. Law enforcement agents are not to blame for his choices.
“Indictment returned in Md. bomb plot,” from UPI, December 22:
[…] Antonio Martinez, 21, a recent convert to Islam who changed his name to Muhammad Hussain, was charged by a federal grand jury Tuesday in Baltimore with attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, The Washington Post reported.
He is accused of trying to kill members of the military, whom he saw as enemies of Muslims…
Defense attorney Joseph Balter said Martinez will plead not guilty and “vigorously contest the charges.” He has raised entrapment as an issue.
Prosecutors assert the attack was Martinez’s idea and he refused chances to back out. He did not work with any terrorist group, authorities said.