FBI Steps Up Use of Stings in ISIS Cases

(New York Times) Eric Lichtblau - The FBI has significantly increased its use of stings in terrorism cases, employing agents and informants to pose as jihadists, bomb-makers, gun dealers or online "friends" in hundreds of investigations into Americans suspected of supporting the Islamic State. Charges have been brought against nearly 90 Americans believed to be linked to the group. FBI officials say they are careful to avoid illegally entrapping suspects and give them an "out" to back away from the planned attack. Michael B. Steinbach, who leads the FBI's national security branch, said the FBI could not afford to "just sit and wait knowing the individual is actively plotting." The FBI has about 1,000 open investigations into "homegrown violent extremists."

2016-06-09 00:00:00

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