The “Herald Square Bomber” Who Wasn’t

For The New York Times Magazine, Rozina Ali profiles Shahawar Matin Siraj, a man convicted on terrorism charges through the work of an informant. His case, in which an informant helped plan a terror plot, raises questions about the use of entrapment in the post-9/11 war on terrorism. Ali writes, “In some respects, the government’s counterterrorism policy may be manufacturing the very threat it was meant to confront.” Siraj remains incarcerated after losing his appeals, having served 16 years of a 30-year sentence.

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