“The Newburgh Sting” is a documentary film by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, recently shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and picked up for distribution by HBO Documentaries. It tells the story of four men, James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, who came together under Cromitie’s leadership in order to detonate what they believed to be two car bombs outside Jewish community buildings, before traveling to Stewart Airport to target military aircraft taking men and supplies to Afghanistan. Facilitating them in this plot was Hakim Maqsood, a wealthy Pakistani businessman and member of the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Unfortunately for Cromitie and his cohorts, Maqsood was actually Shahed Hussein, a Pakistani immigrant convicted of fraud serving as a confidential informant for the FBI.
The film is described on it’s promotional website as follows:
“Just 60 miles north of New York City sits the poverty-stricken town of Newburgh, where, in 2009, four men were LURED by a shady Pakistani man into a plot to bomb Jewish centers in the Bronx. But once the men were on board, their leader, who doubled as an FBI undercover agent, led them straight to the authorities. Their arrest was hailed as a national victory in the war on terror. Using never-before-seen footage from hidden cameras, David Heilbroner and Kate Davis investigate just what homegrown terrorism truly means in this shocking and galvanizing exposé.”
It’s an exciting tale of deception and governmental corruption and entrapment, with a single glaring problem. Its not true. Davis and Heilbroner have cherry-picked the facts, selectively edited the video and audio recordings, and ignored the most important statements, in order to further a dishonest agenda.
Davis and Heilbroner ignore copious and repeated statements by James Cromitie regarding his desire to kill Jews and Americans, and to engage in a terrorist jihad on behalf of his radical Islamic ideology. They attempt to claim that Cromitie and his compatriots were poor men motivated solely money, even to the point of ignoring Cromitie’s statements to the contrary which is available in the court transcripts.
Through interviews with the defendants’ counsels and family, and from Islamic and civil rights organizations with their own agendas to promote, Davis and Heilbroner are attempting to retry the case in the court of public opinion, even though both the trial and appellate courts utterly dismissed the “entrapment” arguments.
The purpose of this blog is to present the other side of the record, and enable people to make up their own minds. Was the Newburgh Sting government entrapment of four men who just wanted to get paid and were willing to do anything for money? Or was did the government successfully take four dangerous men off the streets?