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Article posted Oct 25 2010, 9:07 PM Category: Commentary Source: William Norman Grigg Print

FBI: Bureau of Frame-Ups, Bullying, and Intimidation

by William Norman Grigg

"We're going to make this much more difficult for you if you don't cooperate."

This stereotypically thuggish threat issued from a stereotypical thug named Vincent, an FBI agent who was among a half-dozen Feds and local police who descended on the Santa Clara home of 20-year-old Yasir Afifi earlier this month. A few days before that visit, Afifi had discovered a government-issue GPS tracking device attached to his car during an oil change.

A few days later, one of Afifi's friends posted a photo of the unit (an Orion Guardian ST820 tracking device, which is sold exclusively to law enforcement agencies) to an on-line file-sharing site. This sent the Stasi scurrying to Afifi's home to reclaim the surveillance gear it had surreptitiously planted on his car. They also took the opportunity to bully and brow-beat the college student, whom they had pestered several months before following an anonymous tip that the natural-born U.S. citizen was a "threat to national security."

During the earlier visit Afifi stiff-armed the Bureau of Frame-ups, Bullying and Intimidation, telling them he would answer their questions if his attorney approved. The Feds appeared to lose interest in Afifi after his attorney contacted the Bureau. In fact, they were continuing to keep him and his friends under surveillance: Not only did they secretly place a tracking device on Afifi's car, they also kept track of his travel plans, his employment status, and even shadowed him when he took his girlfriend out on dinner dates.

During their visit to reclaim their snooping device, the Feds seemed determined to wring from Afifi some kind of damaging statement about his friend Khaled, who had posted the photo of the GPS tracker. One of the interrogators produced a printout of a blog post written by Khaled that " had something to do with a mall or a bomb," Afifi related to Wired News. He was also told that the FBI had stationed other agents outside Khaled's house, a statement Afifi described as "weird.... I didn't really believe anything they were saying."

It is entirely reasonable to believe that every word uttered by a representative of the FBI is a deliberate falsehood. It's also something in the neighborhood of a certainty that Afifi's timely and unexpected discovery of the FBI's tracking device ruined the Bureau's plans to blackmail him into joining its ever-expanding stable of informant/provocateurs.

Just days before the FBI swarmed Afifi's home to recover its illicitly planted tracking device, federal prosecutors dropped charges against Afghan immigrant and Arabic language instructor Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, who was accused of concealing "ties to terrorist groups" in his citizenship application.

Niazi's supposed offense was neglecting to mention the fact that his sister was married to a Taliban leader who -- at the time -- was distantly allied with someone believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda. This would mean that Niazi, who had settled in Orange County, California, was "linked" to terrorism in the same way that Dark Helmet was connected to Lone Star in "Spaceballs" ("I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate").

As Niazi pointed out, he didn't choose his in-laws or be responsible for their chosen associations. But the FBI, like secret police in every despotism, are quick to capitalize on exploitable vulnerabilities of this kind.

Niazi was arrested by the FBI in early 2009. Thomas J. Ropel III, a Special Agent assigned to the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force, claimed that Niazi had approached an "undercover informant" and offered to send him to terrorist training camps in Yemen or Pakistan.

In fact, just shortly before the FBI abducted Niazi the Bureau had presented him with what could be called the "Randy Weaver Ultimatum": Either become an informant, or (as Niazi summarized the demand) "we'll make your life a living hell."

Ironically -- or, perhaps, not -- two years before being arrested as a supposed terrorist suspect, Niazi had actually reported a potential terrorist threat to the FBI before being presented with that demand. That threat had been issued by Craig Monteilh, aka "Farouk Aziz," the career criminal who had been planted by the FBI as an infiltrator/provocateur in the Irvine mosque attended by Niazi.

The first Friday of June 2007, Niazi and Monteilh -- who was posing as an Islamic convert of mixed French-Syrian ancestry -- were sharing a ride to the mosque in a car driven by Mohammed Elsisy, an Egyptian-born software engineer. A story published a few weeks later by In Focus News (a periodical covering matters of interest to Muslims in Orange County) described how, apropos of exactly nothing, Monteilh "started talking about the Iraq war," according to Niazi. "He went off on a rant against U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East."

The FBI's provocateur then asked if either Elsisy or Niazi "knew of an `operation' he could be part of." This wasn't the first time Monteilh had made that pitch: Irvine resident Ashruf Zied, who also attended the mosque, recalled that the informant "approached him one day claiming to have access to weapons and asking if he wanted to join him in `waging jihad.'"

Two things are worth noting here.

The first is that, in keeping with standard FBI procedure, Monteilh's recruitment pitch focused on the real cause of Muslims resentment toward the United States -- Washington's imperial foreign policy -- rather than a supposed theological imperative to slaughter and subdue infidels.

The second critical point is that -- once again, as is common in cases of this kind -- the local Muslims wanted nothing to do with Monteilh once the provocateur began his campaign of incitement. Some of the people who attended the mosque to worship gave the FBI's inside man a wide berth; others simply stopped attending services.

Immediately after their unsettling conversation with Monteilh, Niazi and Elsisy approached Hussam Ayloush, director of the Southern California Chapter of the Committee on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to Ayloush, Niazi and Elsisy were worried that the guy they knew as "Farouk" had "gone crazy or is about to do something.... and they would be considered accomplices since they knew him."

Ayloush himself had been cooperating with the FBI since shortly after 9-11, in exchange for assurances (which, unfortunately, he accepted in good faith) that the Bureau would not infiltrate mosques and keep them under surveillance. He immediately contacted J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant FBI Director in Los Angeles, to warn him about "Farouk."

"I am calling to report a possible terrorist," Ayloush told Tidwell. "He is a white convert in Irvine."

"Okay -- thanks for letting us know," Tidwell curtly replied, cutting off Ayloush. What he should have said was: "I know -- he's one of ours." Instead, Tidwell dispatched Special Agent Ellis Kuppferman to interview Niazi, Elsisy, and several others who had met Monteilh. This was done to determine if the FBI could wring any more use out of its infiltrator, and also to learn if any of those who became suspicious of the undercover asset could be induced into becoming informants themselves.

Not content to allow the FBI to handle "Farouk," several members of the Irvine mosque -- including Niazi -- took out a restraining order against him. This prompted the FBI's asset to threaten retaliation in the form of a frame-up.

"There is a restraining order against me," Monteilh complained to Niazi in an e-mail. "The FBI has contacted me. They want to interview me about certain rumors.... Ahmad, I have evidence of the things we discussed. I have proof. And lots of proof. Now it's my turn. I'm very sorry it had [sic] come to this."

At the time Monteilh -- a part-time personal trainer with a criminal history going back to 1987 that includes burglary and grand theft -- was being paid extravagantly by the FBI to harass, torment, and frame innocent Muslims, he was defrauding two local women out of more than $150,000.

In a scam reminiscent of Nigerian e-mail fraud, Monteilh somehow persuaded the women to "invest" large amounts of money to obtain and retail human growth hormone and similar products. Neither the drugs nor the promised profits ever materialized, but Monteilh was able to profit handsomely: In addition to the cash, he got a new car and a plasma-screen television out of the arrangement, as well as an extra-marital affair with one of the victims.

Owing, no doubt, to interference from Monteilh's federal handlers, Irvine police permitted his scam to run long after the victims filed a complaint. In September 2007, charges were finally filed against Monteilh, who confronted a possible five-year prison term. Thanks once again to federal intervention with the prosecutor, the FBI's provocateur was given a 16 month prison sentence, half of which he actually served. His probation term was also cut short at the request of the local prosecutor, as a reward for his valuable "undercover work."

Monteilh was ruined as an informant, but he was already out of jail by the time the FBI turned its attention to Ahmad Niazi.

Monteilh after his cover was blown. In June 2008, an anguished Niazi went to Ayloush's CAIR office to report that the FBI was threatening to prosecute him for "perjury" because of his failure to report his distant, attenuated, inconsequential "connection" to terrorism.

Unlike Monteilh, Niazi had never harmed another human being -- yet he was told that he faced more than 30 years in prison unless he was willing to become an informant.

"I came to America thinking this was a free country and I'd be treated with dignity and humanity," a tearful Niazi told Ayloush. The FBI has done more than its share to disabuse many people of such comforting delusions.

Niazi's trial was scheduled to begin in November. He would very well be headed for prison if it weren't for another plot twist worthy of an Elmore Leonard novel: After spending years of harassing Orange County Muslims and denouncing both CAIR and the ACLU of being in league with terrorists, Monteih allied himself with them in a lawsuit against the FBI.

In September 2009, Monteilh filed a $10 million lawsuit against the FBI (which doesn't appear likely to proceed at this point). A 28-page deposition he filed in that suit described how his handlers "gave me a quota to collect contact information for ten new Muslims per day." According to Monteilh, Federal Joint Terrorism Task Forces were running many infiltration/provocation operations "in areas with the biggest concentrations of Muslim Americans -- New York; the Dearborn, Michigan area, and the Orange County/Los Angeles area."

A few months before filing that declaration, Monteilh had offered additional details in a motion he filed to set aside the CAIR restraining order.

In July 2006, while Monteilh was working as a "self-employed fitness consultant" -- a rather sanitized description of the previously described scam -- he was "contacted by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was was asked by them to act as an informant, as to potential terrorist activities in Orange County," he testified under oath.

Monteilh's handlers were identified as FBI Special Agents Tracy Hanlon, Paul Allen, and Kevin Armstrong, who acted under the direction of "Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Region of the FBI, J. Steven Tidwell, along with Special Agent in charge Barbara Walls."

Monteilh's assignment was carried out "pursuant to a National Security Directive called OPERATION FLEX, which was signed by President Bush as executive order #12356," he claims in his affidavit. With amazing candor, Monteilh describes how he was instructed "to advance an agenda that involved organizing terrorist activities, making reference to `jihad' (Holy War) and organizing terrorist plots and activities":

"At the direction of the FBI he attempted to infiltrate and spy on the activities of the members of the [Irvine] Mosque in an effort to uncover potential terrorists and plots against the Government. He was instructed by his handlers to act in a manner that suggested that he was a terrorist.... His actions made many of the members of the Mosque uncomfortable and the Attorney for the Mosque[,] Omar Siddiqui[,] contacted him in an effort to get him to stop attending regular prayers." (Emphasis added.)

This simply can't be any clearer: It was the FBI's implanted thug who was advancing a terrorist "agenda" at the Irvine Mosque, and the faithful Muslims who threw him out. Furthermore, the Muslim immigrant who dutifully reported the FBI's infiltrator was threatened with a long prison term if he didn't "volunteer" to serve as a replacement provocateur.

"If half of what he is saying is true," commented CAIR's Ayloush of Monteilh's claims, "Americans would come to the conclusion some FBI agents were being trained by the KGB." This isn't strictly true: Since July 1994, when then-FBI Director Louis Freeh signed an accord in Moscow with the leadership of the FSB (the KGB's successor organization), the political police in both Russia and the USSA have been full-fledged partners in "counter"-terrorism. As was the case with Orwell's allegorical pig-men, it's difficult to say which has been the more corrupting influence on the other.
William Norman Grigg [send him mail] publishes the Pro Libertate blog and hosts the Pro Libertate radio program.

Copyright 2010 William Norman Grigg

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Posted: Oct 26 2010, 6:42 AM

<FBI: Bureau of Frame-Ups, Bullying, and Intimidation>

yes and that is one of the reasons brainwashed and bullied employees aside, people are not buying the war cries stuffed out in the media.

Posted: Oct 26 2010, 7:30 AM

71114 If you believed something our government told you, I'm sorry, you were lied to. About the only thing reliable and truthful our government states is the current weather conditions. Even those are subject to manipulations when it suites them. Governments tell the people it is dishonorable to lie, yet, they have made a business of it. ...literally, a religion out of lying.

May what we think is our government, the United States of America, Inc, get what they so richly deserve, soon. While they wallow in their own excrement in the months to come, We The People will bask in the pleasure of the gurgling, dying beast of the past 100 years.

Good Fucking Riddens!

Posted: Oct 26 2010, 10:44 PM

Yet they're having our school systems adopt, anti-bullying policies......
Why not simply take the young bullies and put them in FBI-School, from K-12?

Dave, I'm going to politely disagree with you. Our Government has people so lobotomized, that they actually believe, by voting "Republican," they'll somehow save their asses.

Who would be considered the bigger idiots? The people that knowingly vote for socialists? or, the people that are too stupid to realize, that they're voting for socialists?

Posted: Aug 24 2011, 10:26 PM

7177 i am a victim of government abuse. they took my girlfriend from me and they destroyed my life.

Posted: Sep 04 2011, 11:50 AM

If you want to see what the FBI is doing with their federal tax dollar financed terror campagin against United States Citizens go to and obtain the book Closing the Gap. ...... The FBI is corrupt and unethical they frame innocent people.

Posted: Sep 04 2011, 5:59 PM

69131 As a targeted individual of FBI Cointelpro when I am aware that the FBI
is trying to frame me and I don't cooperate in being framed the word is given to my neighbors who surrounding my residence use some sort of device producing electromagnetic fields which gives me a splitting headache. I've got a magnetic field meter which registers abnormally high readings and video of this, they also use these devices from automobiles discharging these fields towards their target as they drive or are a vehicle passenger on the road.

Posted: Sep 06 2011, 2:25 PM


Posted: Sep 11 2011, 7:03 AM

69131 Should the FBI be able to place GPS on vehicles, NO! In Milwaukee,WI. I am aware that the FBI has placed GPS on my vehicles. After a while they learn the route that you take to ( the store, bike trail, church)
they have people turn in front of you and give the appearance that you are following them. I ve had this happen to me with my automobiles and my bicycle. They are framing people who have no intent to do anything wrong and if they get away with this they could set up anybody this way.

Posted: Dec 12 2011, 5:17 PM

69131 Here's another unethical FBI trick they'll put a woman ahead of you in a check out line in a store. Now you have no interest in this person but what they will do is have her start a vehicle in the parking lot as you exit the store getting to to look in the direction of the sound to capture you "looking" at her as if you have some sort of attraction to her. This is what you get in Milwaukee WI from your local FBI Office as Federally funded retaliation on whistleblowing.

Posted: Dec 12 2011, 5:46 PM

69131 Check out this peice of FBI frame up, last summer I was riding my bicycle. I had a person ASK me to take a picture of them. I took their picture with THEIR cell phone gave it back then continued on my bicycle trip. The FBI had seen me travel this route before so they have these people show up later on my route to suggest that I am following them. It's hard to believe!!! Can someone in this country do something to provide accountabilty to this rogue agency.

Posted: Dec 13 2011, 9:20 AM

69131 The FBI doesn't care what your intent is as long as they can make it appear you are doing something wrong.

Posted: Mar 01 2012, 4:18 AM

75212 You guys are so fuken dumb but I love to fuk you anyway
John Kirk Mukri

Posted: Mar 01 2012, 4:20 AM

75212 I have 12 Million dollars left of what I stole from Parks and Recreations Dept. in Los Angeles,CA. Who do you think we are? RABBITS? We eat duckies for supper.

Posted: Mar 09 2012, 12:55 AM

10867 Yvonne Hiller of Kraft Foods is in the book Closing the Gap accusing Cointelpro-like harrassment until the day she went postal.

Frustrated attorney also commented on Amazon.

Never ending BullShIt....

Posted: Apr 23 2012, 6:53 PM

69131 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin don't be a whistleblower because corrupt law enforcement will place gps on your vehicle finding out when you; ie. go for a walk, when and where you ride a bike and they will place the same females along the route. I believe they are trying to make it appear that you are going to these places to see the women when you were there first. When I changed the time I went for a bike ride to show I had no interest in seeing these women they had a group (three) red vehicles parked in the parking lot I ride my bike from (gang stalking) .

Posted: Jun 28 2012, 1:58 PM

69131 Because the FBI has been so far unsuccessful in framing me, they have resorted to organized stalking ( neighborhood watch swarming my wife and I with red cars, people wearing red shirts where I go ) . The cowards also are using the directed energy weapons against an unarmed person putting incredible pressure on various parts of my head while I'm at my house. Is this the America I spent over 20 years in the Military defending?

Posted: Jun 29 2012, 1:15 PM

69131 I am additionally a former Detective on the Milwaukee Police Department who blew the whistle in 2006 on other Detectives stealing overtime.The department is running as well as ever now eventhough overtime expendatures are six to seven million dollars less now than they were in 2006. ( Numbers don't lie ) . The FBI doesn't like whistleblowers.. They placed GPS on my cars and are striking me with directed energy weapons in my home and using vehicles on the street
( possibly neighborhood watch ) to also fire directed energy weapons at me leaving me disorientated and dizzy.

Posted: Sep 08 2012, 4:06 PM

98210 What is gang stalking?
This is a racket and a con to scam taxpayers out of their money. A jobs program for psychiatrist and other low-lives to continue receiving funding.

This is what happens when your country doesn't produce anything other than weapons and morons. Sooner or later treasonous morons will try to find ways to profit from the use of said weapons.

The city participates and profits because it keeps everyone working from federal funds.

Posted: Sep 08 2012, 4:09 PM

98210 "the entire American public will be paranoid about their son or daughter being gang-stalked."

American should be very concerned about their son or daughter being gang stalked.

You have a bunch of doctors running their asses around here sticking implants in their patients heads without their knowledge or informed consent...

You have a bunch of psycho stalking perverts with access to weapons systems with the ability to torture Americans in their own homes (for God-sake) and may be done from a foreign nation!

You local govenments complict lying, conspiring, and sneaking around doing a bunch of shit they have no business or right doing without any recourse from federal authorities!

Hell, the sole purpose of the federal goverment is to protect Americans from "military attack" and invasion and clearly that's not being done.

So hell yes, Americans should be very afraid!

Posted: Sep 08 2012, 4:10 PM

98210 The first lawyers who take up these involuntary implantation cases will be very rich!
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