Homeland Security Theatre
He Didn’t Say ‘Infidels': Homeland Security Theater, Continued
by William Norman Grigg
The word has a very distinct connotation. There’s nothing else that quite captures it…. Give me one word that captures the same image. One word. You name it, and I will use it.
~ Defense attorney Robin Weathers arguing for the admissibility of a profoundly vulgar epithet involving the emunctory orifice in the film From the Hip.
A few months after Iraqi national Waad Ramadan Alwan was allowed to immigrate to the U.S. as a refugee, he found himself unwittingly cast in a leading role in yet another installment of Homeland Security Theater.
Someone identified in the criminal complaint as a “Confidential Human Source” (CHS) in the FBI’s employ – that is, a bit player from the Bureau’s large and ever-expanding troupe of agent provocateurs and “terrorism facilitators” – approached then-28-year-old Alwan to recruit him into an effort to aid mujahadeen fighters in Iraq.
The script written by the Louisville Joint Terrorism Task Force called for the FBI’s asset to pose as a representative of an unnamed “Hajii” with connections to Iraqi insurgents. After Alwan had been lured into the pseudo-plot, the role-playing stooge added a final decorative detail by claiming that he received money from Osama bin Laden – a claim that neither impressed nor interested the Iraqi, according to the account provided in the criminal complaint.
The Bureau’s bit player proposed that Alwan, who had taken up residence in Bowling Green, Kentucky, help train Iraqi insurgents in the manufacture and use of IEDs, and assist in smuggling weapons and a large amount of money to Iraq.
Alwan was let into the country in April 2009. A few weeks later, 21-year-old Iraqi
Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who would be recruited by Alwan into the federally-choreographed “conspiracy,” arrived in the U.S. The FBI operation began just a few weeks later after Alwan’s arrival. The criminal complaint against Alwan states that he began “notionally assisting” the supposed plot “beginning in 2010.”