This is what I find interesting about this era.
Depending on the situation, the FBI is seen as the Deep State or as the last line of defense.
Some bits from the article.
Mr. Alowemer planned to blow up a tiny church called Legacy International Worship Center on Wilson Avenue, according to the FBI, with the help of someone he thought was another Islamic State member but who turned out to be an undercover FBI employee.
He met with the employee and another FBI source several times in recent months as the plot developed and in June drove both of them to the church to show them the target and decide where to place a homemade backpack bomb, according to a federal complaint.
In March, he began communicating online with a covert FBI employee who posed as an Islamic State “brother.” In those conversations, all in Arabic, he said he wanted to “answer the call for jihad,” wanted to meet other Islamic State members and offered to provide information about targets in Pittsburgh.
In April, the covert FBI employee put him in contact with an undercover FBI employee and another person described in the complaint as a confidential source.
The FBI employee gave him a cell phone for future secure communications and Mr. Alowemer offered to drive the two FBI operatives around Pittsburgh to look at potential targets.
He also drove the FBI operatives to the church to case it and said he would conduct further surveillance on his bicycle to check on security cameras and the best spot to place the bomb.
I am glad that the FBI caught someone who was wanting to do harm to innocents before he was able to carry these things out.
Just keep in mind the timeline though.