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And the point is ....?

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Submitted by Mr. Bowers (Canada), Jun 13, 2006 at 22:29

Here's a news flash for all of you. Spying is as old as Moses. Remember the 12 spies he sent, only two of which gave a favorable report? Spying goes on between countries that are sworn enemies. Spying exists between friendly gov'ts. Police are a paramilitary force that uses spies to do their dirty work. They can be actual cops working undercover or informants (civilians). Any good cop will always have his/her 'contacts' on the street and have a continuous relationship (though more adversarial than friendly) with that person. If a cop wants the low-down (so to speak) on Latino gangs, then he/she will NOT be going to Irish/Jewish/Polish/Black etc. neighbourhoods. You want info on Latino gangs, you ask Latinos. You want info on Asian gangs, you ask Asians. If you want info on the Italian mafia, you ask Italians (fuhggedaboutit!). And if you want info on hostile activity occurring within the Muslim community, you ask a Muslim.

To find out what's really going on in your 'friendly neighbourhood mosque', you get someone that knows Arabic and the etiquette of Islam inside and out. It makes no difference whether that individual is a 'moderate' or even an ex-Muslim, so long as the info is considered reliable by their handler (a cop). So let's not get all aflutter here. This stuff happens more often than you think.

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