It really stinks when aÂ government has to engender terrorist plots to keep us worried. The defendants clearly have some unpleasant views, but don’t seem likely to have acted on them until the confidential informant got involved.
This has been mentioned before. One report described some stings as “Bordering on entrapment“.
Confidential Informant Played Key Role in FBI Foiling Its Own Terror Plot – The Intercept.