The FBI as "unemployment storage"

It turns out that the FBI, which costs the US taxpayer $8.5 billion a year, is involved in an elaborate job creation scheme aimed at justifying its bloated budget.

This budget supports 35,037 permanent positions (13,074 special agents, 3,083 intelligence analysts, and 18,880 professional staff) at a cost of $242,000 per job. But, more importantly, it also creates the work to keep many of these staff "busy" by starting terrorist plots that "heroic" FBI agents them shut down.

Since 2014, there have been 126 Islamic State-related cases prosecuted by federal authorities across the nation, but, it turns out that nearly two-thirds of them actually involved undercover agents or informants. This is according to the Center on National Security at the Fordham University School of Law in New York. 

Plots to carry out a Presidents Day jihadist attack on a train station in Kansas City, bomb a Sept. 11 memorial event, blow up a 1,000-pound bomb at Fort Riley, and detonate a "weapon of mass destruction" at a Wichita airport were all foiled by FBI agents, but also cooked up by FBI agents, involved in elaborate sting operations on individuals identified through social media as being potentially dangerous. 

In the attempted attacks, the suspected terrorists were often following the directions of undercover FBI agents who also supplied fake bombs and came up with key elements of the plans. 

The FBI could limit itself to investigating actual cases instead of making expensive "honey trap" operations like this, but the only way to keep terrorism at politically acceptable levels in a multicultural society (i.e. near zero) is to use preemptive "entrapment" measures that actually encourage any person who might become a terrorist to actually become one. 

But how long can this approach succeed with the population of Muslims in the USA projected to double in the next 20 to 30 years, and how much will the FBI's budget need to grow?
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