Newburgh, New York, currently has the highest murder rate per capita in the state. Like many of America’s urban centers, manufacturing jobs have fled, and in the wake of outsourcing, they have been replaced with directionless African-American males, gang warfare, drug abuse and neglected, abandoned housing. Recently, four citizens from this dystopian, post-industrial New York City satellite ran afoul of federal authorities and were ensnared in an F.B.I. sting operation that alleged the men were Muslim terrorists planning to shoot down a U.S. Army airplane, and then blow-up a synagogue in the affluent Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. HBO has commissioned “The Newburgh Sting”, a documentary from award-winning filmmakers, David Heilbroner and Kate Davis detailing the F.B.I. plot to entrap the aforementioned four poor, Black males in a case that falsely labeled them as terrorists and sent them to prison for the attempted demolition of the synagogue and military plane. Using actual F.B.I. surveillance footage from the case, and on-camera testimony from four Newburgh defense attorneys, ex-F.B.I. officials and family members of “the four”, “The Newburgh Sting” is a searing exposé that unearths the U.S. government’s abuse of the criminal justice system in the name of Homeland security; the film premiered tonight on HBO. S/O to Jayson Jackson and Monica Lewis.