Informants Play Increasing Role in Rooting Out ISIS Supporters

Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:00am

“The wide use of informants or undercover agents in the arrests of suspected Islamic State supporters in the U.S. is sparking criticism that authorities are luring people into crimes,” according to The Wall Street Journal .  

“Some legal experts and defense lawyers say law-enforcement officials are pulling young and vulnerable people into the criminal acts that ultimately lead to their arrests. Others say the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of informants and undercover agents helps facilitate criminal activity for terror suspects who wouldn’t otherwise have the money or mental capacity to pose a serious threat.”  

“About 60% of the cases against Americans on ISIS-related charges have involved informants, versus under 30% in terrorism indictments overall since 9/11.”