"I can make you $250,000, but you don't want it, brother," he once told  Cromitie when the target seemed hesitant. "What can I tell you?" (Asked about the exchange in court, Hussain said that "$250,000" was simply a code word for the bombing plot—a code word, he admitted, that only he knew.)
But whether for ideology or money, Cromitie did recruit three others, and they did take photographs of Stewart International Airport in Newburgh as well as of synagogues in the Bronx. On May 20, 2009, Hussain drove Cromitie  to the Bronx, where Cromitie put what he believed were bombs  inside cars he thought had been parked by Hussain's coconspirators. Once all the dummy bombs were placed, Cromitie headed back to the getaway car —Hussain was in the driver's seat—and then a SWAT team surrounded the car.
At trial, Cromitie told the judge : "I am not a violent person. I've never been a terrorist, and I never will be. I got myself into this stupid mess. I know I said a lot of stupid stuff." He was sentenced to 25 years.
For his trouble, the FBI paid Hussain $96,000 . Then he moved on to another case, another mosque, somewhere in the United States.
For this project, Mother Jones partnered with the University of California-Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program , headed by Lowell Bergman, where Trevor Aaronson  was an investigative fellow. The Fund for Investigative Journalism  also provided support for Aaronson's reporting. Lauren Ellis  and Hamed Aleaziz  contributed additional research.