In the April 18 episode of “Worldview Report” with Brannon Howse, the host showed a clip from the Dinesh D’Souza podcast saying that the Whitmer case fed the Left’s narrative of supremacist extremism while giving the FBI center stage to keep their huge budgets.
In the Whitmer case, two of four men were acquitted in a conspiracy to kidnap the governor, motivated supposedly by their fury at her tough Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions early in the pandemic.
The jury verdict against the men, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, was read in the federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. However, jurors said they couldn’t agree on verdict against the other conspirators, Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr.
Fox, Croft and Harris faced additional charges. Their two most serious charges, kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to use explosives, both carry potential life sentences.
Their defense attorneys portrayed the men as weekend warriors prone to big, wild talks – often under the influence of drugs. They also said FBI undercover agents and informants tricked and cajoled the men into agreeing to a conspiracy.
To counter the entrapment claim, prosecutors entered evidence that the men discussed abducting Whitmer even before the FBI sting began and that they went way beyond talk, including scouting the governor’s summer home and testing explosives.
However, U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker acknowledged the struggle of the deliberations because decisions to convict or acquit them must be unanimous.
The case had 10 charges: one against Caserta, two against Fox, three against Croft, and four against Harris. All men faced the main charge of kidnapping conspiracy, while other counts are related to explosives and firearms. (Related: Federal prosecutors indict their own FBI informant in alleged conspiracy to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.)
Jonker said it is important to reach unanimity if possible. “If you just can’t see it, then that’s what we need to hear eventually as your final answer,” he told the jury.
Moreover, a court employee handed over a large plastic bag of pennies as part of the evidence. Pennies that are taped to a commercial-grade firework were intended to act as shrapnel, according to investigators.
A homemade explosive was also detonated during training in September 2020, about a month before the men were arrested.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler said Croft wanted to test the explosive as a possible weapon to use against Whitmer’s security team, quoting the man saying that the pennies would be so hot, they could go “right through your skin.”
FBI coercing civilians to commit crimes
Prosecutors also offered testimony from undercover agents, a crucial informant, and two men who pleaded guilty to the plot. Moreover, the jurors read and heard secretly-recorded conversations, violent social media posts and chat messages with details of a plan to take down a “tyrant.”
The defense lawyers, however, said any scheme that the men have made was the creation of government agents who were embedded in the group and had manipulated the men.
According to defense filings, the FBI has deployed at least 12 informants and several undercover agents. Defense attorney Joshua Blanchard said there was no plan, no agreement and no kidnapping that took place. (Related: Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot a false flag operation hatched by FBI.)
The defense’s argument of FBI entrapment has drawn a long history of such cases post 9/11. Internal U.S. security agencies have focused on the existence of Muslim extremist plots and prosecutions that hinged on informants actively promoting a plot before turning would-be perpetrators over to the government on conspiracy charges.
Activists and civil rights experts have argued that the FBI has frequently overstepped boundaries and has been known to egg people into participating in plots and locking up people for crimes that they never would have committed if not for the intervention of law enforcement.
Mike German, an author of “Disrupt, Discredit and Divide: How the FBI Damages Democracy,” said counter-terrorism tactics have evolved because there wasn’t a lot of international terrorism occurring on U.S. soil, “but there’s still pressure to make cases and that’s caused the FBI to adopt this methodology of manufacturing terrorism plots.”
German explained that the problem now is that the FBI has been manufacturing crimes to make themselves look good. However, there is no legitimate government purpose in manufacturing a plot, as they are only essentially “solving” crimes they created in the first place.
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