- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new documentary examines what led to the 2009 arrests on terrorism charges of four Hudson Valley men.

The men were approached by an FBI informant and asked to join his plans to bomb a Jewish synagogue and shoot down U.S. military planes.

The documentary, airing 9 p.m. Monday on HBO, includes footage from FBI cameras showing informant Shahed Hussain promising to pay $250,000 to the men, who were poor and from Newburgh.

Director David Heilbroner, a former Manhattan prosecutor, examines whether the FBI, under pressure after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, solicited hapless, reluctant participants.

Hussain was the FBI’s informant a few years earlier in Albany where a similar sting resulted in convictions of a local imam and pizzeria owner.

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