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Ex-FBI Official Says ‘Keep Fear Alive' To Fund Budget (Video)

"The Newburgh Sting" is a documentary about a FBI sting operation in 2009, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of four men whom the FBI said took part in a terrorism plot in New York City.

The documentary questions whether the FBI created the fake terrorism plot and lured the men into into the plan via a paid informant who allegedly offered them a quarter of a million dollars. notes that former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes admits in the film of promoting the fear of terrorism in order to fund law enforcement agencies (video below).

"If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that ‘we won the war on terror and everything’s great,’ because the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s going to be cut in half," said Fuentes.

"You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep hope alive,' it’s ‘Keep fear alive,' keep it alive," added Fuentes.

Mother Jones reported in 2011 how the FBI has used paid informants with sketchy backgrounds on numerous occasions to lure people into fake terror plots hatched by the FBI, which then claims to have disrupted the terror plot and arrests the would-be terrorist.

Sources:, Mother Jones
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