FBI bomb sting was a waste

How many of my tax dollars went to the FBI to set up this and other ridiculous sting operations ("Arrest made in plot to blow up area military recruiting center," Dec. 9)? How much will be wasted on court costs and incarceration? Wouldn't it have been wiser to have agents pose as reasonable, mainstream Muslims and talk the poor, misguided guy out of being a radical? Or better yet, connect him with any of the fine mainstream Islamic organizations in the area who could easily bring him into the fold and teach him that such acts are not acceptable?

John Irvine, Catonsville

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