The latest "terrorism" case the feds have come up with in Albany may or may not be "the stuff of comic books", but it has some interesting wrinkles, with the accused allegedly connected to the Klan and (but?) acting on behalf of the Jews while targeting Muslims. If that sounds like a perfect blue-state case for the Obama administration, in fact it has a lot in common with a Bush-era prosecution by the same U.S. attorney's office, in which the alleged perpetrators were two Albany Muslims, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, who are now serving 15-year federal prison sentences. Despite the 2006 convictions of Aref and Hossain, the federal sting operation stank like entrapment to me and a lot of other people.
Sol Wachtler famously said you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. One senior, high-profile assistant U.S. attorney in Albany has an effective steamroller style of swaying grand jurors to the prosecution side by browbeating any dissenter in the courtroom (which is of course closed to the media). Such tactics may win cases, but they don't serve justice.