Michael German, a former undercover agent with the F.B.I. who researches national security law at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, said the agency was “manufacturing terrorism cases.” Credit Nancy Borowick for The New York Times

Michael German, a former undercover agent with the F.B.I. who researches national security law at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, said the agency was “manufacturing terrorism cases.” Credit Nancy Borowick for The New York Times

FBI STEPS UP USE OF STINGS IN ISIS CASES, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Karen J. Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, said undercover operations had become the norm for the F.B.I. in the most recent Islamic State cases, with little debate or understanding of how the bureau actually conducts its investigations, especially its online stings.

“I think the F.B.I. is really going down the wrong path with a lot of these ISIS cases,” she said, using a common acronym for the Islamic State, also known as ISIL.

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