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DemocracyNow: FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New “(T)ERROR” Documentary


This type of harassment of American Muslims continues unabated. If the FBI can’t entrap you they will find other ways to ruin your life.

Democracy Now

We spend the hour with an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI’s shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, “including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent.” “(T)ERROR” goes inside the world of a particular informant who has played a key role in several major terrorism cases. It does so while he is in the middle of carrying out his latest sting operation. It came together when two independent filmmakers gained unprecedented access to follow Saeed Torres, whose undercover name is “Shariff,” a 63-year-old former black revolutionary turned FBI informant, as he monitors a white Muslim convert named Khalifah al-Akili. Torres knew one of the directors, Lyric Cabral, and after he came out to her as an informant, he agreed to share his story, without informing his superiors. As the film unfolds, al-Akili begins to post on his Facebook page that he suspects the FBI is targeting him. The filmmakers used this an opportunity to approach him, and soon find themselves interviewing him at the same time they are also documenting “Shariff” monitoring him. During this time each man remains unaware that the filmmakers are talking to the other one. We get the rest of the story when we are joined by the filmmakers who co-directed “(T)ERROR,” Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, and play part of an interview with al-Akili from federal prison. Al-Akili was arrested just days after he emailed civil rights groups to say he believed he was the target of an FBI “entrapment” sting. He is now serving eight years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun after having previous felony convictions for selling drugs. We are also joined by Steve Downs, executive director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. He works with Project SALAM, which published a report last year called “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution.” He is also representing imprisoned Pakistani scientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. We are also joined by Marlene, the mother of Tarik Shah, who was arrested in 2005 after a joint FBI/NYPD sting operation that also involved Saeed “Shariff” Torres. She details in the film how Shah thought Shariff was his close friend, but he was actually an FBI informant.

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    • Awesome

      We do not vandalize. We do not engage in hate speech. We have respect for the law. We do not harm our fellow citizens. We are slow to anger and when we finally get angry, we express that anger in a civilized way.

      The same can be said for us as well.


      To which I am going to reply with the following:

      Follower of Islam, I do not tolerate you. Your feigned or willful ignorance, about Islam, is no longer an excuse. I hold you personally accountable.

      Fear-mongering, hate-mongering careerist, I do not respect or tolerate the lies, half-truths and sensationalism about Islam that you promote, whether you promote it out of ignorance or deceit. Such falsehoods that you perpetuate against Islam shall always be undermined, debunked and discredited. In addition, for all the illegal actions that are taken in response to your anti-Islam propaganda, you are also personally accountable for.

      I am offended by you. I cannot and will not tolerate a person, who follows an ideology, which teaches the inferiority of women, the killing and hatred of Jews, the execution of homosexuals, the silencing of free speech, forced amputations, the stoning of rape victims, genital mutilation, and the violent overthrow of all non-Islamic governments and civilizations.

      In this case, the problem with what offends you is not with the alleged offense, but with you. Since Islam does not actually teach “inferiority of women”, the “killing and hatred of Jews”, the “execution of homosexuals”, the “silencing of free speech”, “forced amputations” (except as a penal code for certain theft), the “stoning of rape victims”, “genital mutilation”, or the “violent overthrow of all non-Islamic governments and civilizations”, then your intolerance of an ideology that would teach such things is irrelevant. The fact that you would associate such things with a religion that does not actually advocate them is offensive enough. The fact that you would go further and associate your falsehoods with Muslims who do not actually believe in them puts you on the same level as the extremists you pretend to oppose.

      Ultimately, what a person believes about their religion is more relevant than the fact that they believe in it. Even more relevant is how they actually practice it. Sensible, rational people understand this, and if you had any sense, you would too.

      Islam is Nazism with a god. And I cannot and will not “coexist” with Nazis. I will not patronize your places of business. I will not hire you. I will not buy your products. I will not support politicians who support you. I will not be your friend. And if I am your neighbor, I will always be suspicious of you and cautious. I want you to feel so uncomfortable in my free country, in my civilized country, that you renounce your allegiance to this savage and fascist ideology or leave.

      In reality, Islam is more like the sequel to Judaism and Christianity. Nazism is more akin to what those who are opposed to Islam represent: militarism and fascism. In that regard, all efforts to oppress, persecute and marginalize Muslims are only going to be met with perseverance and counter-measures. You can choose not to patronize Muslim businesses, but others are still going to regardless. You can choose not to hire Muslims, but it is unlikely many Muslims would want to work to promote fear and hatred of themselves and their religion anyway. You can choose not to buy Muslim products, but again others still do so regardless. You can choose not to support politicians who support Muslims, but the game is rigged anyway so it doesn’t matter. You can choose not be friends with Muslims, but there is no shortage of friendship that would require your friendship anyway. You can choose to be paranoid about Muslim neighbors, but without breaking the law, your paranoia would be nothing but a petty nuisance and an object of ridicule. Despite all your efforts, there is unlikely going to be any renouncement of Islam or any mass emigration of Muslims from this “free country”. Islam has been in this “free country” longer than you have been alive, and it is not going to “leave” to appease your vanities.

      ISLAM IS THE ENEMY of free speech, of human rights and of Liberty. If you follow Islam, you are my enemy. I encourage you now to leave Islam and take your place among the civilized people of this world. But if you insist on remaining loyal to the brutal savagery of Islam, your enemies will grow faster than can be contained, by an Islamic lobbyist group or the media or any government agency. This is a zero sum game and the Civilized World will win.

      Islam is the enemy of falsehood, of injustice, of tyranny and of oppression. Your declaration of enmity towards Islam and Muslims as well as the diatribe that is attached to it serves only to expose your own ignorance, hypocrisy and bigotry on this issue. In this regard, however, you are nothing new. The enemies of Islam and Muslims have always come with their diatribe of lies, half-truths and sensationalism against Islam. Then, just as now, their claims have also always been debunked, refuted and discredited. In the end, regardless of how many enemies of Islam there are or what they do, only the truth will win, as it always does.

      ISLAM HAS BEEN AT WAR FOR 1,400 YEARS with freedom and all that is good. But my head is no longer hidden in the sand. I am at war with you. All people who value human rights, freedom and Liberty should be at war with you. And they will be soon enough, because the enemy of Islam is information and we are spreading information faster than you can keep up with. There is no way to put this genie back in the bottle now. The information age will be the death of Islam.

      The information age is only going to be the death of the propaganda against Islam, because that propaganda is based on lies, half-truths and sensationalism, which always fails to stand up to scrutiny. Islam is a religion that is bastion of truth, freedom, human rights and all that is good, so it is impossible for it to be at war with those concepts. Hence, rather than being the “death of Islam”, the information age in fact facilitates its growth.

      Your 1,400 year reign of terror is coming to an end. And you, follower of Islam, are on the wrong side of history.

      To the contrary, Islam is going to continue to grow, as it is destined to do, and bringing Islam to an end is no more feasible than bringing Christianity to an end. It is something that can only be accomplished through some miraculous divine intervention. Short of that, the religion is going to endure indefinitely, and those who follow it are never on the “wrong side of history”. It is not the followers of a religion, but only those who are hostile and aggressive who are on the “wrong side of history”.

      It is time for all civilized people to find the moral clarity and the courage to GET ANGRY and to BECOME INTOLERANT. You have the ability to do this in a civilized way. We must not become like the savages whom we oppose – otherwise they win. Islam is Nazism with a god. Islam must be stopped. When you support the followers of Islam, you support an ideology that promotes genocide against the unbeliever as clearly outlined in the Quran.

      Islam is a religion that is over 1400 years old and is only going to continue to grow as it is destined to do. Islam does not promote genocide against unbelievers, and there is nothing in the Qur’an that “clearly outlines” this. There is also no reason for civilized people to participate in a witch hunt against a religion that over 20% of them believe in. It isn’t “moral clarity”, but a “moral panic”, which does not involve “courage” but “cowardice”. Moral panics are not things that concern civilized people as they represent the antithesis of what it means to be civilized.


      It is the right of the individual to embrace whatever religion he wants to embrace in his heart, mind, beliefs, principles, rituals, customs and lifestyle. Islam is the antithesis to fascism, and if an individual chooses Islam as their religion, that is also their right. Regardless of what you personally hold them accountable for, they are, in reality, only accountable for what they have control over. Also, unlike boycotting Israel, there are no identifying markers to make it convenient to boycott Muslims.

      Tolerance is overrated. If you follow the Quran, you are the enemy of freedom and you are my enemy.

      Tolerance is a part of civilized society. If you are intolerant then you are an enemy of freedom.

    • Yea, he was on Daily Kos until they booted him out for being a hatemonger. The American Thinker [sic] defended him, and I’m sure he’s got chums somewhere; but the right has dropped him like a hot potato after his anti-Jewish views were aired. They must not have realized he is a full-service Anti-Semite.

    • golden izanagi

      I got scholar of the first sin, and I can safely say that majula is still a peaceful little settlement to hang out at, the shrine of amana is still a pain in the ass to get through with all of those homing shots constantly coming at you, and tseldora remains as creepy as ever with those spiders hanging around it. I can only wonder why that duke was so fascinated by spiders and not things like the giants or dragons like aldia vendricks mad scientist brother was.

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      In Undead Crypt right now. Plan to get Scholar of the First Sin in the distant future. XD

    • cmyfe .

      Have you tried Dark Souls 2 yet? Get the scholar of the first sin edition if you haven’t.

    • Solid Snake

      Get a PS4, that way we can all game online. We’ll eveN make a Loonwatch clan it will be [LOON]. We’ll collect the PSN usernames of LWrs and after that…the world!

    • Just_Stopping_By

      My upvote was before you edited this and does not reflect its current state.

      But, if we’re taking do-overs, then I submit the following:

      “This malicious assault on Hector’s good practice and character shall not be forgotten.”

      Mmm … ‘licious as salt on Hector…

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      I’ll b fine, all I need 2 do is pick a line from OMAM and AIC nd pretend theres sum deep filosofical meaning behind teh use of teh wurd “the”.

    • Just_Stopping_By

      “… if I do good in my exams …”

      Let’s hope that they’re not English exams, or you may not do so well.

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      I’ve seen some gameplay and it looks great. Inshallah, if I do good in my exams I can get an Xbox One as a reward.

    • Sam Seed

      If I may intrude, if you like Dark Souls you will love Bloodborne on the PS4. I’m currently playing that.

    • The greenmantle

      Hav’n’t we had stuff about this person before . Didn’t he try to get on the islamaphobia gravy train ? but missed the bus as he was too stupid ?

      Sir David

    • Yausari

      LOL. I’d like to see them boycott Arab oil.

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      That isn’t my question, bruh.

    • downwithpants

      All religions have end days

    • B.D.S

      Yes, to meet some ignorant worshipers as apparently Islam don’t attract educated school-goers. This is what refusing to wear pants does, there’s this danger certain undesirable areas may get exposed sometimes :).

    • Rajano

      From the article: “But critics argue they often target the wrong people, “including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent.” ”

      Whether they are the wrong people or not depends upon their actual goal. If their actual goal were to protect people from future terrorist attacks, then, yes – they were the wrong people. I suspect, however, that is not their actual goal. Their actual goal is to provide justification for their rather bloated budgets. They pick precisely the people who are least likely to be believed if given an opportunity to tell their side of the story. This reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite novels: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:

      ‘A teaser? Teasers are usually rich kids with nothing to do. They cruise around looking for planets which haven’t made interstellar contact yet and buzz them.’

      ‘Buzz them?’ Arthur began to feel that Ford was enjoying making life difficult for him.

      ‘Yeah,’ said Ford, ‘they buzz them. They find some isolated spot with very few people around, then land right by some poor unsuspecting soul whom no one’s ever going to believe and them strut up and down in front of him wearing silly antennae on their head and making beep beep noises. Rather childish really.’

    • HerrSkolly

      I believe that may have been mentioned in the book “God’s Excellent Adventure”.

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      Has God ever said he will show up on Earth and go “Yo, it’s me” before the world ends?

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      Chode. Hah.

    • Tanveer “Utter Khanage” Khan

      I enjoy invading n00bs on Dark Souls. It backfires when you don’t invade n00bs though…

    • Solid Snake

      This is considered cruel and unusual. Even he wouldn’t resort to such an evil tactic!

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