The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released shocking video of an AlQaeda-linked terror cell that was operating in Kentucky. Stingermissiles capable of downing U.S. commercial airliners, grenades, RPG’s,and an assortment of other weaponry that had been rendered inoperable bythe FBI can be seen being handled by the cell in the video footage.
The 2010 video was obtained exclusively by ABC News and shows a man grantedstatus by the U.S. government as an Iraqi war refugee handling theweapons. Two men were involved in the case, and one of them has beenshown to have killed Americans in Iraq with a roadside bomb. The FBI wasable to match fingerprints with those found on an improvised explosivedevice (IED) that had been used in Iraq to kill U.S. soldiers.
The FBI acknowledged the involvement of a confidential human source(CHS), commonly referred to as an informant, in bringing down theterrorists. Other than that acknowledgement, the FBI did not releasemuch more detail.
My own experiences working with the FBI’s Joint TerrorismTask Force (JTTF) as an undercover operational source may shed some light on thisinvestigation.
Generally, the FBI is alerted by a CHS or another citizen about statements or expressedintentions that could result in the loss of lives. Depending on therelationship the FBI has with the CHS, they then determine whether tooperate that particular CHS in an undercover investigation, or theyinsert another CHS known as an operational source.
Once the FBI is able to verify that the initial report from the firstCHS is accurate, they then decide to implement advanced investigativetechniques. These include the use of listening devices and hiddencameras.
If the FBI is able to determine that the group or individuals ofinterest are indeed seeking weapons to kill Americans, they then insertanother undercover operative, either a Special Agent or anotheroperational source, to provide deactivated weapons to the targets, ratherthan have the group or individuals otherwise acquire working ones. (This issue is usually used, mostly by left-of-center media, to attack the FBI under the false premise that they somehow are “creating” the terrorists they arrest or that the terrorists would not have obtained weapons had it not been for the FBI providing them. Such assertions are simply inaccurate and demonstrate that those making such claims are either intentionally using dishonesty or woefully ignorant of how such investigations actually work.)
Usually the targets cannot be arrested at that time. Such an earlyarrest would prevent the FBI from having the needed time to fullyinvestigate the intentions of the targets and determine whether otherindividuals or groups are possibly involved.
Once the FBI is confident that they understand the full extent of thepossible terrorist network, they then act quickly to make their arrests.The interim between the initial infiltration of an operation source andthe arrests usually nets a large amount of evidence that is later usedin the prosecution phase of the ordeal, as was the case with this FBI video shown on ABC News.