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Performing terror book
This chapter discusses the undercover agents and confidential informants and their role in intelligence gathering. It explains and analyzes the use of informants and undercover agents, focusing in particular on counterterrorism where it is most apparent and advanced. The chapter sets out what is known about the recruitment of informants in Muslim communities, the reliability of informants and the evidence that points to the increase in the use of informants. It describes the targeting of Muslim communities in general and vulnerable individuals in particular and the tactics commonly used to manufacture terrorism and produce terrorists. The chapter explores that many of the deadly plots the authorities claim to have pre-empted are products of police and intelligence agency activity. It also sets out the risks posed by such tactics and argues that pre-crime countermeasures involving informants and undercover agents produce a type of theatre that gives substance to fantasies of terror.