FBI ma­nip­u­lated teen ter­ror sus­pect: claim

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

A psy­chol­o­gist tes­ti­fied that the FBI used ad­vanced psy­cho­log­i­cal tech­niques to lure a teenage ter­ror­ism sus­pect into agree­ing to a plan that would have killed thou­sands. Elizabeth Cauff­man, a de­fence wit­ness in the trial of Mo­hamed Mo­hamud, tes­ti­fied Tues­day that un­der­cover FBI agents re­warded risky be­hav­iour and used so­cial pres­sure to con­vince Mo­hamud to at­tempt to det­o­nate a weapon of mass de­struc­tion at Port­land’s 2010 Christ­mas tree-light­ing. The bomb was a fake sup­plied by the FBI. Cauff­man says record­ings of the agents telling Mohmaud he had a choice of whether to det­o­nate the bomb were ac­tu­ally psy­cho­log­i­cally-coded mes­sages dar­ing him to back out. Tes­ti­mony from Cauff­man and a pre­vi­ous psy­chol­o­gist wit­ness are part of the de­fence’s ef­forts to por­tray the FBI sting as a com­pli­cated ma­nip­u­la­tion of a teenager.

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