Fox News’s Tucker Carlson led his Friday program with a warning about a new Biden administration initiative that critics say amounts to the targeting of White House and Democratic political opponents.
As he opened his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue, Carlson cited a CNN report from 2017 detailing the story of a then-21-year-old Dearborn Heights, Mich., pizza delivery driver named Khalil Abu Ryyaan.
Citing the report, Carlson explained that Ryyaan took to social media to say he was feeling depressed and considered suicide while posing with a rifle and suggesting he might engage in jihad.
Not long after, Ryyaan was contacted by a woman named Ghaada he had never met but with whom he struck up an intense internet romance. But suddenly, just as quickly as she had appeared, she stopped writing after weeks of staying in contact.
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Carlson went on to explain that Ghaada was replaced by a woman calling herself Jannah, but she was not interested in a romantic relationship. Rather, she said she was interested in waging jihad.
“She told Ryyaan that if he planned to kill himself, he should take out some infidels along with him,” said the host.
“‘When it’s jihad, or when it’s based on our creed or for a cause, that’s the only time Allah allows it,’ she wrote,” Carlson said. “Eventually, Ryyaan admitted to Jannah that he had fantasized about killing people in the church near his pizza shop, though he stressed that he would never actually do it. In fact, he encouraged Jannah not to hurt anyone.”
Days later, however, Ryyaan was arrested by FBI agents, and it was then he learned that the two women were fictitious. Carlson said the bureau “spent an entire year” trying “to entrap a depressed pizza delivery boy and created a honey trap to do it.”
But even though the FBI still didn’t have a legitimate case against Ryyaan, the agency got the Justice Department to charge him anyway on a trumped-up charge of “unlawful possession of a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance.” While he never harmed anyone or actually planned to harm anyone, the FBI got Ryyaan thrown in prison for five years.
“In all, it was a thoroughly disgraceful chapter in the history of federal law enforcement. CNN, to its credit, seemed to understand that at the time. The channel pointed out that the FBI often does more than stop crimes. Sometimes, the FBI creates crimes,” Carlson said.
Now, however, Carlson suggested the network appears to be in lockstep with the same FBI and Justice Department after he reported on a Revolver News story speculating that the bureau likely had assets embedded with so-called “right-wing” groups to convince them to plot and carry out the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol Building.
After his report, as Carlson noted with several clips, CNN hosts and personalities are now pushing back on the theory that the FBI could be capable of entrapping Americans into committing crimes, despite the fact that the bureau has done so on numerous occasions — as the agency did with Ryyaan.
“Dozens of suspects the FBI now says committed serious crimes that day have not been charged with anything or even identified. Why is that? Likely because they were in contact with the FBI before they committed those crimes. That is the definition of corruption,” Carlson said.
“You are working for the FBI, so you’re not charged with a crime. It’s also, by the way, scary, given the current climate, given that January 6th is now being used as a pretext to strip law-abiding Americans of their most basic civil liberties,” he continued. “The FBI has not denied it. In fact, no one from the FBI has even commented on it. They don’t have to. This time, they’ve got CNN squarely on their side. The apologists for corrupt federal law enforcement denied something they couldn’t possibly be in a position to verify either way.”
After Carlson played clips of various CNN personalities and hosts pushing back specifically on his report, he noted that “CNN now functions as an arm of the woke national security state.”
He then played another clip of CNN host Anderson Cooper doing a segment for CBS’s “60 Minutes” program in 2015, in which he reported on an FBI asset’s involvement in the 2015 terror attack in Garland, Texas, even to the extent of texting the shooter “words of encouragement.”
“So tell us again how the FBI would never have anything to do with the attack on the Capitol on January 6?” Carlson said.
“These were some of the ‘counter-terrorism tactics’ the FBI adopted after 9-11. Now the bureau has changed its focus,” he said, wrapping up the monologue. “It’s no longer going after Islamic extremism. It’s now going after Joe Biden’s political opponents – those are the domestic terrorists they’ve been telling you about.”
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