Reader comment on: Boyland and Entrapment
Submitted by David Weinkrantz (United States), Nov 30, 2011 20:37
Would you allow the FBI to run a sting against a person believed to be planning an act of terrorism?
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The Future of Capitalism replies:
I'd be more open to it than in a political corruption or a drug case, but I'm still wary of it. There are non-sting ways within the law to prosecute actual terrorist plots before they kill anyone — charging someone with conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack, or with engaging in financial transactions with designated foreign terrorist organizations, for example — without FBI agents or others going up to innocent, law-abiding, non-terrorist Muslims and suggesting terrorist attacks to them as a kind of test to see if they will participate. And all of that is assuming a law-enforcement approach to counterterrorism in the first place, rather than a war approach, which is a whole other argument.
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