HBO Documentary Films bought U.S. and overseas TV rights to the docu The Newburgh Sting, by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, who helmed Southern Comfort and The Cheshire Murders for the payweb. It debuts April 20 at Tribeca and will premiere on HBO in July. Pic reveals FBI involvement in the homegrown terror case of the “Newburgh Four.” Never before told publicly, the story offers startling insights into the state of surveillance in a post-9/11 world. Four street criminals with no history of violence or political ties, from an impoverished and largely African-American community, were drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated plot to bomb Jewish synagogues in a wealthy suburb of 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 television outlets, and resulted in 25-year prison sentences. Many political figures lauded the case as a victory in the war on terror, but others have lambasted the sting as entrapment.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.