Here we go yet again: the entrapment defense is becoming increasingly popular among jihadists in the United States. It is especially preposterous here. These Fort Dix jihad plotters shouted “Allahu akbar” when their convictions were upheld on an earlier appeal. One rejected the American legal system and tried to get the judge to convert to Islam. While they were plotting to murder Infidels at Fort Dix, one of them said, “I”m gonna do it”¦.It doesn’t matter to me, whether I get locked up, arrested, or get taken away, it doesn’t matter. Or I die, doesn’t matter, I”m doing it in the name of Allah.” Another said, “They are the ones, we are going to put bullets in their heads, Allah willing.”
If they were entrapped, I’m a mujahid.
And so I will ask one more time: what would it take for you to commit mass murder in the name of Allah?
Would you do it for money? For love? Out of a sense of justice? Out of a sense of religious duty? Would you do it because an agent provocateur encouraged you?
Absurd as they may seem, these remain serious questions, for as jihad mass-murder plots are being uncovered in the United States more frequently than ever, those accused of perpetrating them, and several Islamic groups, increasingly are charging entrapment: that overzealous FBI agents pushed poor innocent Muslims into taking part in a jihad plot that otherwise would never have existed.
The problem with this line of thinking is that no amount of encouragement could get the average American non-Muslim to participate in a plot to commit mass murder. The Fort Dix jihadists must have already been predisposed to this sort of thing.
“5 Muslim immigrants appeal NJ terror convictions,” from AP, May 23:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) “” Attorneys for five Muslim immigrants convicted of plotting a deadly strike at a New Jersey military base will challenge the Patriot Act as they appeal the convictions.
The lawyers argue that FBI informants entrapped their clients. They say the discussions amounted to little more than a religious debate about jihad.
They will also challenge the constitutionality of a Patriot Act provision used to seize video the defendants left at a store for reformatting.
The footage shows the defendants firing assault weapons and screaming about jihad.
Federal prosecutors acknowledge the men did not necessarily have a specific plan to attack Fort Dix.
Four of the young men are serving life terms. They lived in Philadelphia and suburban New Jersey….