Just as in nearly every other supposed terrorist plot since 9/11, the FBI has been involved in provocateuring alleged suspects from start to finish. That includes goading on the patsy, providing any bomb making materials and other weaponry necessary, typically funding the ‘project’ and frequently pointing those involved towards high-value symbolic targets.
Once the plot is disrupted, the events are generally played up in the media as yet another attempted terror plot the public at large were saved from, and the role of FBI “sting” operation is casually mentioned later in the story, long after the headline has made national/global impact.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Wash, rinse, repeat :)