Law enforcement officials that have provided suspects with support and some materials needed to carry out an attack, have drawn criticism from those who believe that many of the subjects would have been unable to pull off their schemes without help from the government. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/nyregion/30-year-sentence-for-man-who-tried-to-bomb-federal-reserve.html?ref=us Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 22, came to the United States in January 2012 on a student visa. Mr. Nafis tried to find camaraderie on the Internet, but his efforts led him instead to an F.B.I. informer, who in turn introduced him to an undercover agent.
The agent met repeatedly with Mr. Nafis beginning last summer. In a sting operation, months long, Mr. Nafis developed his plot from a vague idea to a detailed plan to bomb the financial district, an attack that he hoped would “shake the whole country,” according to recorded statements he made during the investigation.
Mr. Nafis had endured a tough childhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh, suffering beatings from relatives and ridicule from his peers because he had a stammer.
Mr. Nafis as a vulnerable and isolated young man “barely out of adolescence” who fell prey to radical Muslims in his college years.
“At my university in Bangladesh I did not have any real friends,” he wrote. “So, when the radical students, who were influential and famous, were being nice to me I fell for them very easily.”
Last October, Mr. Nafis and the agent assembled a device that Mr. Nafis believed to be a bomb capable of crumbling the fortresslike Federal Reserve Bank building. They placed it in a van and parked it near the building. Mr. Nafis tried several times to detonate the device from a remote-controlled trigger before agents arrested him.
Judge Amon said she did not believe that Mr. Nafis was a hardened terrorist and accepted his remorse as genuine.