Hamid Hayat Finally Free!

by | Aug 17, 2019

Remember him? He was the 22-year-old entrapped by Robert Mueller’s FBI into … Actually, he didn’t do anything at all! All that happened was the government informant who had infiltrated his family tricked him into saying some bs about loving Osama, before the actual cops coerced the youth into ridiculously claiming that his grandfather ran an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, where they all practiced terrorist poll vaulting in the basement. I am not making this up. The FBI did. The L.A. Times once published the video of the “interrogation.”

They gave him 24 years. It was, how do you say, shocking but not surprising.

(They tried to imprison his father too, but his jury, to some of their credit, deadlocked.)

But now, due to the tireless work of journalists and lawyers who have stayed at it all this time, his false conviction has finally been overturned and he’s been freed from the penitentiary.

The whole town of Lodi, California was scandalized as hell over this fake sleeper cell terrorism case. They’ve had a large Pakistan population there for decades and have never had any problems. Until the worst enemies of freedom in the world, U.S. government employees, our supposed security force, came and fabricated this threat, and falsely imprisoned this innocent person for 15 years out of his one shot at existing as a human person.

Those responsible for this travesty should be forced to mop up depleted uranium dust in Iraq with microfiber washcloths for the rest of their lives. But we all know there will never, ever, ever, ever be accountability of any kind for the cops, the prosecutors, the judges, the jurors or the prison officials who conspired to violate the rights of this American — nor all the local TV and newspaper jackals who went along with pushing this obvious hoax. But they know who they are. And they must hate their own sorry guts for being such weasels and mercenaries. So at least there’s that.

Now let’s talk about the Miami 7, the New Jersey military base Pizza Plot, the JFK Airport fuel tank plan, the drone attack on the Pentagon scheme, the Portland, Oregon Christmas tree, the NY subway plot (There were a couple of these. I mean the slow kid from down at the bookstore, not the Zazi case. Zazi was a legit bad guy.), the Garland, Texas cartoon contest shooting, and on and on and on.

It took a while for W. Bush and Obama’s wars to start generating their own real blowback and backdraft attacks on the United States. So for a while, they just had to improvise by entrapping idiots into fake plots. How else were they going to scare your mom into supporting an endless regional war against a few hundred guys?

Orange Alert! They caught another terrorist! Sleepy little Lodi, California this time! We better fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here some more!

Crude but it works.

About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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