March 27, 2008
MIAMI – War with the U.S. government was at the heart of a terrorist plot to destroy Chicago’s Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in the retrial for six Miami men accused of conspiring with al-Qaida.
Alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste and the others in the “Liberty City Seven” conspired with an FBI informant who pretended he was from al-Qaida with the hope of starting an anti-government war, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Gregorie said.
“It’s really not a complicated case,” Gregorie said. “These are terrorists inside the United States. They are going to try to take over the United States.”
Batiste’s attorney, Ana M. Jhones, accused the Bush administration and FBI of looking to “set people up” on overblown charges in their zeal to make a high-profile terrorism case. She said Batiste faked interest in terrorism to con a government informant posing as an al-Qaida operative out of $50,000.
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