OF COURSE the Christmas Tree Bomber Mohamed Osman Mohamud was set up. Here's how the sting works (it's part of most security organizations' graduation exercises)

Later statements are simply invented to fit whatever sting is laid on, like 'Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old Oregon State student who is a Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen, told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to detonate a bomb near Pioneer Square in Portland, Ore., during the annual lighting of the Christmas tree there on Friday because he wanted to kill Americans while “they were with their families celebrating the holidays,” according to an FBI affidavit.'

Even a cursory examination (my italics) reveals flaws (for which I would flunk the people involved) simply because no one talks like the phrases offered in affidavits or statements – even some phrases in depositions are vetted for grammar – and they should know that: ...kill Americans while they are “with their families celebrating the holidays”? Come ON!

Given that this is an admitted FBI sting I still find it suspect – no security organization is stupid enough to brag about its efforts – it sounds to me more like some 'bright kid' in State kissing ass – not even 'fibbies' are that thick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My experience with the "fibbies" is that they are not too bright. They confuse a willingness to play dirty with being smarter than everyone else around them.


"[Your information is] too precise, too complete to be believed. The questionnaire plus the other information you brought spell out in detail exactly where, when, how, and by whom we are to be attacked. If anything, it sounds like a trap."

FBI response to the top British spy, Dusko Popov (code named "Tricycle") on August 10, 1941, dismissing Popov's report of the complete Japanese plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict Of History by Gordon Prange, appendix 7 published in 1986. Based on records from the JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Nov 15, 1945 to May 31, 1946.