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Documentary, ‘Newburgh Sting,’ Explores Whether FBI Went Too Far in Prosecuting Men for Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new documentary, “The Newburgh Sting,” chronicles the story of four New York men who were snared by the FBI in a terrorism scheme, the New York Daily News reports.

The film, which airs today on HBO, tells the story of four Muslim converts who joined an FBI-fabricated plot to bomb synagogues in the Bronx and shoot military planes from the sky.

The filmmakers question the FBI’s decision to create a plot and get the struggling men to go along with it.

The men received 25 years in prison.

“This case is often cited as an example of entrapment, but in making this film, I’ve come to believe it was something much, much worse,”producer David Heilbroner said.

“The FBI committed a fraud on Congress and the American people by taking our tax dollars and creating a terrorist threat that, without the FBI, never would have existed at all,” he added.

 

Ex-FBI Bomb Technician Pleads Guilty to Disclosing National Defense Info to Associated Press

By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– A former FBI bomb technician who later worked as a contractor for the Bureau has agreed to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information about a disrupted terrorist plot to the Associated Press, according to the Justice Department.

Donald John Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, Ind., who previously had agreed to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography in a separate investigation, provided information to an Associated Press reporter relating to the disruption of a plot to conduct a suicide bomb attack on a U.S.-bound airline by the Yemen-based terrorist organization al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the recovery by the U.S. of a bomb in connection with that plot, according to court documents filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

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Undercover FBI Agent Kept Tabs on Three California Men Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three California men charged with plotting terrorist attacks on Americans and military bases overseas were planning to join the Taliban in Afghanistan and eventually fight for al-Qaida, the FBI said, the Associated Press reports.

Little did they know, an undercover agent was recording their conversations.

“The main lesson learned is: Don’t underestimate these groups,” FBI Special Agent David Bowdich told the AP. “This is a very serious case. I think ultimately the outcome was a success.”

The three were to fly to Istanbul, travel to Afghanistan and train to be terrorists to kill Americans living abroad, the AP reported.

Trial to Begin for Georgia University Student Accused in Jihad Plot

This scenario seems to be a recurring one: Federal prosecutors say Syed Haris Ahmed is clearly a terrorist. The defense is saying he was just talking and had no intention of being a terrorist.  A jury in Atlanta will decide which is right.

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By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA — Armed with a handheld video camera, a Georgia university student drove with a friend in April 2005 to Washington, D.C., and captured scenes of the Capitol, the Pentagon and other locations.

Investigators say Syed Haris Ahmed, now 24, wasn’t a tourist but a wannabe terrorist who wanted to send the videos of potential terror targets to an overseas contact. He was attending the Georgia Institute of Technology at the time.

The charges are central to a federal terrorism case against him that is set to begin Monday, and he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Ahmed is also accused of going to Pakistan and trying to join a terrorism group a few months later, but prosecutors are not pursuing formal charges on that allegation.

His attorney, Jack Martin, contends the federal charges are little more than “imprudent talk” and that investigators have no evidence that Ahmed, who was born in Pakistan, has committed any terrorist act.

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