A STARTLING EXPOSE OF A CONTROVERSIAL FBI UNDERCOVER
OPERATION, DEBUTS JULY 21 ON HBO
On May 20, 2009, four men from the impoverished and
largely African-American city of Newburgh, NY, were apprehended for an alleged
terror plot. They had no history of violence or terrorist ties, but had been
drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated scheme to bomb
Jewish synagogues in Riverdale, a wealthy neighborhood in New York City and fire
Stinger missiles at U.S. military supply planes. Their dramatic arrest, complete
with armored cars, a SWAT team and FBI aircraft, played out under the gaze of
major TV outlets, ultimately resulting in 25-year prison sentences for the
Amidst the media frenzy surrounding the case,
political figures extolled the outcome as a victory in the “war on terror” and a
“textbook example of how a major investigation should be conducted,” though
others believed the four men were victims of FBI entrapment.
THE NEWBURGH STING, debuting MONDAY, JULY 21
(9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, features unsettling FBI hidden
camera footage, never before publicly released, and insights from Muslim leaders
and high-level Washington insiders, including former FBI assistant director
Thomas Fuentes, Congressman Keith Ellison and former FBI undercover agent Mike
German, as well as intimate interviews with the families of the Newburgh Four.
Offering startling insights into the state of surveillance in a post-9/11 world,
the film is directed and produced by the team of Kate Davis and David Heilbroner
(HBO’s Emmy®-winning “Jockey”).