It has been long know that the world of police informants is filled with shady characters, and questionable motives. It is common practice to hold some trivial mishap against the informant to force them to act as one. In other cases, the informants are people with limited skills and/or motivation, or ex-criminals who find this line of work a way to earn income. A series of recent arrests and convictions reveal that more often than not, informants were motivated by money and in effect "create" terrorists from gullible suspects.An example is Osama Eldawoody who helped convict Matin Siraj for the charge of conspiracy to bomb Manhattan subway station. This article in the Washington Post details his case, and also lists a lot of similar cases.Another case in Canada is the arrest of 18 people, mostly youth, in Toronto for an alleged plot to bomb several places. One informant, Mubin Shaikh has come forward and said that Canadian government owes him $300,000 for his efforts. Another unnamed informant in the same case has also cashed in big.The sad part in all this, is whether the troubled youth involved would have started the criminal activities on their own, without the nudging and urging of the informants. This is a form of entrapment, and whether it is a petty fraud case, or sensational istic terrorism, it is not a good thing to do.