I don't know about you, but I'd be more impressed with the terrorist bona fides of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the young man who set out to blow-up a Christmas gathering in Portland, Oregon, if the FBI hadn't built his fake bomb for him. I'm not a lawyer, and I know very little about the laws concerning entrapment, but I think it's worth asking if young Mr. Mohamud could have executed such a dastardly plot without the material, spiritual and technical assistance of the federal government. 

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