About the group of men in Michigan who are charged with plotting to kidnap their state’s governor:
“Have you ever dealt with big talkers?” defense attorney Scott Graham asked an FBI agent on cross examination… Defense lawyers contend that there was no probable cause to arrest and charge the suspect, arguing, among other things, that the suspects had no operational plan to do anything, were engaged in all legal activities — including talking in encrypted group chats and practicing military exercises with lawfully owned guns — and that it was the informants and undercover agents who “pushed” others to do illegal things. “One of the most active leaders was your informant,” Graham said. [Link]
Be wary of someone at turns flattering and riling you up to do something. Based on what’s in the article, it appears that nothing illegal was done by the defendants, even with their meetups. It’s just feds entrapping innocent people. Real stand-up guys these agents, aren’t they?
An online “fed” needn’t be an actual law enforcement professional. It could be some guy who worked out a deal to play the part.