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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday July 30 2016, @12:29PM   Printer-friendly
from the gotta-play-by-the-rules dept.

VANCOUVER -- A British Columbia couple found guilty of terrorism charges have had their verdicts tossed out in a scathing court decision that flays the RCMP for its "egregious" conduct in manipulating naive suspects into carrying out a police-manufactured crime.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce said the Mounties used trickery, deceit and veiled threats to engineer the terrorist acts for which John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested on Canada Day three years ago.

The couple believed they were planting pressure-cooker bombs to kill and maim crowds gathered to celebrate at the B.C. legislature.

  "The world has enough terrorists. We do not need the police to create more," Bruce said in a landmark ruling Friday as she characterized the RCMP's methods as "multi-faceted and systematic manipulation."

"There is clearly a need to curtail the actions of police ... to ensure that future undercover investigations do not follow the same path."

Bruce said Mounties involved in a months-long sting launched in early 2013 knowingly exploited Nuttall and Korody's vulnerabilities to induce them to commit an offence.

She described the pair as marginalized, socially isolated, former heroin addicts dependent on methadone and welfare to subsist and said they were "all talk and no action."

Nuttall and Korody were recent converts to Islam. Their trial heard Nuttall say in a recording that he wanted to kill and maim countless people during Canada Day festivities in retaliation for Canada's role in the mistreatment of Muslims in Afghanistan and other countries.

Without the heavy-handed involvement of undercover officers, it would have been impossible for Nuttall and Korody to articulate, craft and execute a terrorist bomb plot, Bruce said.

"Ultimately, their role in carrying out the plan was minuscule compared to what the police had to do," Bruce said. "It was the police who were the leaders of the plot."

Source: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/judge-tosses-jury-verdict-in-b-c-terror-trial-rules-rcmp-entrapped-pair-1.3007265

Followup to this story: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/06/27/0355225

Yeah, sometimes the dragon wins. Lucky for us - sometimes the knight in shining armor is worse than the dragon! Lucky for Canadians, anyway.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:01PM

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:01PM (#381941) Journal

    The FBI churns out terrorists like it's nothing. Almost all foiled U.S. terror plots are manufactured (it's the real ones that succeed and don't get caught). Instead of being called egregious, Comey and crew get a pat on the back.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gravis on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:16PM

    by Gravis (4596) on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:16PM (#381945)

    Almost all foiled U.S. terror plots are manufactured (it's the real ones that succeed and don't get caught).

    which ones are those exactly? the ones that are suicide attacks? i mean, feel free to point to the ones where people got away with it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_the_United_States [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:37PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:37PM (#381949)

      I understood takyon as "don't get caught before the attack"

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by takyon on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:20PM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:20PM (#381959) Journal

      What the AC said.

      In the FBI entrapment scenarios, the FBI convinces the mentally ill or idiots to buy or accept fake explosives, guns, whatever. They pay informants to help con these people. When they get enough "evidence", they make the arrest, and add another tick to the "foiled terror plot" tally that they can use to scare the public.

      Real terrorists or mass shooters just aren't likely to get caught. Getting legal guns is easy, getting illegal guns is easy. Making explosives is easy. As long as they don't brag to anybody or get caught with loads of weapons in a random traffic stop, they will be able to initiate attacks like the one in Orlando again and again. And nothing a hypothetical Trump or Clinton Presidency can do is going to put a stop to it.

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      • (Score: 2) by Username on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:18PM

        by Username (4557) on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:18PM (#381981)

        I have to believe the judge made the correct choice since I didn’t have all the evidence she had to come up with that conclusion, but these were real terrorists. They joined islam, wanted to punished the infidels, and found a way to do it. Only difference is they found fake ISIS instead of real ISIS.

        It’s like you coming up to me saying, "I wanna kill all those fucking infidels!!" and while I disagree with that statement I reply, "Here take this rifle and go kill them!" Then you grab it run down to a crowded place and shout, "ALLLLLALALALA AKBARRR," while squeezing the trigger only to find out it’s not shooting. Finally, a CC draws his weapon and blows your brains out. Sure, it’s negative of me to set you up, but it does not mean you aren't a terrorists.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by http on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:56PM

          by http (1920) on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:56PM (#381989)

          In this particular case, no. They had severe reservations, and brought them up repeatedly with their handler who passed himself off an imam, but he kept on reassuring them they were on the right path - hence, advocating terrorism. That really doesn't look good on the RCMP. Also, the mounties pulled a couple Mr. Big moments that had them scared for their life - believing they would be killed if they didn't comply.

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          • (Score: 2) by Username on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:23PM

            by Username (4557) on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:23PM (#382027)

            Yes, all muslims fear for their lives if they disobey an imam. All imams capable of leading a mosque are judges in sharia court, and can order their execution.

            Yes, the cops/islam did have a hand in it. You can even blame the inanimate objects like drugs or the bombs too, but the fact is they wanted to be terrorists, and made the decision to join a terrorist organization and went through with a terrorist plot.

            • (Score: 2) by http on Sunday July 31 2016, @03:50AM

              by http (1920) on Sunday July 31 2016, @03:50AM (#382157)

              I would like to know how many imams in Canada have issued an execution order to be carried out in Canada. I wonder how many would think to do so, seeing as BC is a British Common Law jurisdiction in criminal matters and signing it would be evidence of conspiracy to commit murder?

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    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @06:02PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @06:02PM (#382003)

      I tried to get a job once as a suicide bomber. They said they were looking for someone with more experience.

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      I was about to post this joke logged in and decided not to. It's an indication of how fucked up things have gotten that I would even consider what it would sound like read out loud and out of context in a courtroom or holding cell. Humorlessness is a sign things have gone from bad to really bad, and it's starting to spread around this issue along with the usual lack of empathy.

      • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday July 30 2016, @06:47PM

        by HiThere (866) on Saturday July 30 2016, @06:47PM (#382015) Journal

        And if you think posting as "Anonymous Coward" counts as much protection....

        Perhaps you need to reassess your paranoia level. Either that or your technical competence.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @08:01PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @08:01PM (#382036)

          Maybe he at least used TOR and other tools?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:05PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:05PM (#382051)

            No, but he is behind seven proxies!