Such are the tactics our government is using to "keep us safe." They create or escalate a situation to incite violence against this country, then spring a trap. They aren't catching people actively plotting, they're targeting people for their thoughts. Then feeding those thoughts until they spring to flame. This is a perversion of what it means to be a free society....and the people rejoice. I shouldn't be so hard, they don't know any better. They don't understand what is happening.
Am I wrong to be outraged by this? Ask yourself this question: Without the FBI fanning the flames and providing funding, would any of the 17 people accused of terror in the past 10 years have carried out a terror plot? If the answer is not an unequivocal YES in all 17 cases then what we've done is criminalized thought. Have you ever gotten in an argument and had a momentary thought of some ill-fortune falling upon your combatant. Would you like to go to jail for that?