What is emerging from the last four days of testimony by the two undercover FBI operatives known only as "Youssef" and "Hussein" is that every single action that Mohamed Mohamud took in the furtherance of his alleged crime was taken on the explicit orders of the FBI. Mohamed's knowledge of explosives was limited to "Piccolo Pete" backyard firecrackers. Youssef gave him a hand-written shopping list of bomb components to purchase, a list that Mohamed failed to heed orders to destroy after using and which has now been duly entered into evidence.
Something else of interest in yesterday's proceedings was defense attorney Wax's effort, albeit a failed one, to convince Judge King to allow the jury to hear an "outtake" of FBI agent "Hussein" who apparently forgot to turn his wire off before using "colorful language" to express his glee at having "hooked" Mohamed following their August 19 meeting.
The defense has also begun to lay a foundation for asserting that the very idea of using Pioneer Square as the setting for an attack may have been introduced to Mohamed by the FBI agent "Youssef" during their meeting on July 30, 2010. This, by the way, would be the meeting that was not preserved on tape due to the equipment's "malfunction."