A student passes by the location where, on May 20, 2009, James Cromitie and FBI informant Shahed Hussain placed three inert explosive devices in a Mazda parked outside the Riverdale Jewish Center. The dummy bombs, composed of C-4, steel ball bearings and a timing device, were manufactured in an FBI lab and provided, through the informant, to the Newburgh Four. Hussain testified on September 8 that, once he and the Newburgh 4 arrived in Riverdale, he took complete control of the operation, as advised by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert Fuller. Though each of the Newburgh Four had previously been incarcerated, no man had ever been arrested for, or convicted of, a violent crime. Laguerre Payen, a Haitian national, has a 10 year history of mental illness and schizophrenia, and it remains unclear whether he was able to comprehend the plot. David Williams IV, as was shown in FBI recordings presented at trial, was hesitant to carry out the plot during the day, stating, "What I’m saying is there could be people there. You don’t want to hurt nobody."
© Lyric R. Cabral 2010