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Official: 7 arrested in Sears Tower plot
AP via Yahoo! ^ | 06/22/06 | KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 06/22/2006 6:13:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand

Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the U.S., a federal law enforcement official said.

The official told The Associated Press the alleged plotters were mainly Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations. He spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt news conferences planned for Friday in Washington and Miami.

Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said in a statement that the investigation was an ongoing operation and that more details would be released Friday. Local media reported that agents were raiding a warehouse in Miami's Liberty City section.

"There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations," said Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington. He declined further comment.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was scheduled to hold a news conference Friday to discuss the raid. A simultaneous news conference was to be held in Miami.

Cedric Thomas, an owner of Thomas Produce Market, told The Miami Herald the area around his store was teeming with federal agents.

"There is a ton of guys in uniforms moving around, blocking the streets," Thomas said.

Several terrorism investigations have had south Florida links. Several of the Sept. 11 hijackers lived and trained in the area, including ringleader Mohamed Atta, and several plots by Cuban-Americans against Fidel Castro's government have been based in Miami.

Jose Padilla, a former resident once accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive bomb in the U.S., is charged in Miami with being part of a North American terror cell.

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Associated Press Writer Mark Sherman in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: New York; War on Terror
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1 posted on 06/22/2006 6:13:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: the invisib1e hand

As there are few details in this report, I am declining further comment.

Nothing to see, move along...


2 posted on 06/22/2006 6:14:31 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I'm sure Murtha will be sweating it, whether we put undies on any of their heads.


3 posted on 06/22/2006 6:14:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (The Democrat Leadership Trifecta 2006: Anti truth, U.S. and sanity. Another leftist generation lost.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

No mention of the Florida anthrax attack that preceded the DC attack.


4 posted on 06/22/2006 6:15:20 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: the invisib1e hand
I did a search on "Sears Towers," came up blank, and so posted this.

There is, however, this thread, which is related.

5 posted on 06/22/2006 6:16:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (if you're human, act like it.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

So is AP saying that anti-Communist Cubans could be behind this threat? Are they really that much in similarity in the nature of their plots?


6 posted on 06/22/2006 6:16:28 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: the invisib1e hand

How many Mohammeds did they pick up this time?

I'll take five in the pool...


7 posted on 06/22/2006 6:16:37 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Sears Tower, thy sin is just being the tallest building in U.S.


8 posted on 06/22/2006 6:17:48 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: the invisib1e hand
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The reaction of the Democrats to this latest bit of bad news for them.
9 posted on 06/22/2006 6:19:10 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting in November because you're pouting is a vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House)
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To: weegee

I can't confirm it, but one of the news shows said they were American black muslims.


10 posted on 06/22/2006 6:20:22 PM PDT by umgud (FR, NASCAR & 24, way too much butt time)
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To: atomicpossum

Tsk Tsk. Your 'profiling'.


11 posted on 06/22/2006 6:23:16 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Holy crap and Calypso Louie, Batman!


12 posted on 06/22/2006 6:23:19 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: the invisib1e hand
The official told The Associated Press the alleged plotters were mainly Americans ...

Place your bets on 1. Religion 2. Ethnicity.

13 posted on 06/22/2006 6:27:09 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: the invisib1e hand
mainly Americans

Could be the Lubavitch Ladies. There's always a chance.

ML/NJ

14 posted on 06/22/2006 6:27:28 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: the invisib1e hand

From AP 9:24 EDT

"The residents said FBI agents spent several hours in the neighborhood showing photos of the suspects and seeking information. They said the men had lived in the area about a year.

The men slept in the warehouse, said Tashawn Rose, 29. "They would come out late at night and exercise. It seemed like a military boot camp that they were working on there. They would come out and stand guard."

She talked to one of the men about a month ago: "They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given their lives to Allah."


15 posted on 06/22/2006 6:34:12 PM PDT by edwin hubble
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To: umgud

They are, much to the chagrin of the AP, the liberal media, and so far even, (astonishingly enough) FOX which only will say that they are "Americans".


16 posted on 06/22/2006 6:34:37 PM PDT by Main Street (Stuck in traffic)
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To: aculeus

"Place your bets on 1. Religion 2. Ethnicity."

Maybe both:

"...She talked to one of the men about a month ago:

'They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given their lives to Allah.' "


17 posted on 06/22/2006 6:40:42 PM PDT by edwin hubble
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To: aculeus

If we were to listen to the whinng elected offical in washington about listening to random phone calls perhaps they would have blown one or more of the sites up. But then again it would also have been our ELECTED PRESIDENT'S fault.


18 posted on 06/22/2006 6:46:37 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: edwin hubble
She talked to one of the men about a month ago: "They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given their lives to Allah."

Oh, then they're Amish! Oh wait, guess the feds were once again pretending the jihadists weren't up to their old terror tricks. Hey guys, snag a clue. Duh!
19 posted on 06/22/2006 6:46:45 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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20 posted on 06/22/2006 6:47:43 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Read the bio THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free! Click Fred Nerks for link to my Page.)
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To: umgud
"I can't confirm it, but one of the news shows said they were American black muslims."

If they are muslims, somebody ought to take to task the news organizations that denied muslims were involved early on. This politically correct "it's a white guy in a white van reporting needs to end". It's as bad as Rather's "fake but accurate". This is "fake but religiously sensitive"

21 posted on 06/22/2006 6:51:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: the invisib1e hand
I have a question...purely academic, mind you, but...

How is being in the KKK a "hate crime", but being a "black muslim" (or any muslim) is not? Aren't they both radical groups who believe in the destruction of another group or race of people?
22 posted on 06/22/2006 6:52:51 PM PDT by FrankR (democrats don't oppose Republicans...democrats oppose AMERICA...)
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To: Fred Nerks
For a minute there, I thought it could have been those pesky Mennonites...

Who would have thought they could have been "Black Muslim"?

Semper Fi
23 posted on 06/22/2006 6:53:42 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Fred Nerks

If a terrorist plot is announced on MS-NBC, would anyone see it?


24 posted on 06/22/2006 6:53:53 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: river rat

AP suspected Cuban ex-pats.


25 posted on 06/22/2006 6:54:25 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: FrankR

There are now SOME black supremacist groups (I think including Nation of Islam) on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list.


26 posted on 06/22/2006 6:55:14 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: the invisib1e hand
The official told The Associated Press the alleged plotters were mainly Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations.

Ok, my pure speculation... prison trained radical Islamic transformed idiots. Just my guess, shoot me if you want? Fastest growing religion in our prisons, fueled on hate towards the white establishment according to one author on the subject.

27 posted on 06/22/2006 6:55:20 PM PDT by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: Fred Nerks

radical black muslims? Isn't that racist? ;) /s


28 posted on 06/22/2006 6:55:32 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: Main Street

Johnny Walker was an American. He put on the uniform of a foreign army and went to war AFTER 9-11.


29 posted on 06/22/2006 6:56:48 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: F15Eagle
Update from MSNBC:
FBI agents swarmed over a warehouse in Miami's Liberty City area, using a blowtorch to take off its metal door. Neighbors said the suspects said they were Muslim and had tried to recruit young people to join their group, which seemed militaristic.

The men — part of a radical Black Muslim group — were planning terror acts in Miami and Chicago, officials say. The planned targets were the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami.

I would think that al Q would try to link up with Black Muslims, who could blend into major city populations with less notice than a bunch of Middle Easterners
30 posted on 06/22/2006 6:56:48 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: edwin hubble
"They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given their lives to Allah."


Their lives have now been turned over to the custody of the United States.

They'll have plenty of time to thank their moon god in the cozy confines of their federal prison cells.
31 posted on 06/22/2006 6:57:27 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

Radical African-American muslims.


32 posted on 06/22/2006 6:57:34 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: Fred Nerks

Just watch, Al and Jesse and the NAACP will jump to their defense and say its racism.


33 posted on 06/22/2006 6:59:02 PM PDT by ritewingwarrior
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To: umgud

"Black Muslims" confirmed by MSNBC, see my post 30


34 posted on 06/22/2006 6:59:02 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: the invisib1e hand

They were black muslime prison converts to the religion of pieces, apparently.


35 posted on 06/22/2006 6:59:16 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: FrankR
How is being in the KKK a "hate crime", but being a "black muslim" (or any muslim) is not? Aren't they both radical groups who believe in the destruction of another group or race of people?

Democrat Underground talking point BROADCAST. Begin:

Only whites can commit hate crimes. In fact, white males (except for progressives, and especially homosexuals), are incapable of any action EXCEPT a hate crime.

This has been a Democrat Underground talking points BROADCAST. End.

36 posted on 06/22/2006 6:59:38 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

I'm an Aussie. If it's radical it's radical, if it's black it's black and if it's muslim it's muslim! PC hasn't entered our vocabulary YET! Rather refreshing to see that combination up front and in the open in the US.

You need more of it, IMO.


37 posted on 06/22/2006 7:00:06 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Read the bio THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free! Click Fred Nerks for link to my Page.)
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Fox Chicago reports that one of the koranimals is also an ILLEGAL ALIEN from Haiti.


38 posted on 06/22/2006 7:03:42 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: SauronOfMordor

I agree. Any of the followers of mad mo. I'm sure Calypso Louie probably knows a thing or two that would make one's hair stand on end. Didn't he make a trip to Mecca?


39 posted on 06/22/2006 7:11:48 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

>>>koranimals<<<<

Funny and original!


40 posted on 06/22/2006 7:14:28 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: ml/nj
Could be the Lubavitch Ladies. There's always a chance.

Not anyone's first bet, certainly, but if those gals come uncorked, man-o-manischewitz, sombody's gonna get a whuppin'!

41 posted on 06/22/2006 7:15:19 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: the invisib1e hand

Chicago's Sears Tower is shown on Friday, Dec. 2, 2005. Several people were arrested in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack the Sears Tower and other buildings in the U.S., a federal law official said. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago's Sears Tower, left, is shown in this Dec. 2, 2005, file photo in Chicago. Seven people were arrested, Thursday, June 22, 2006, in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower, the FBI office in Miami and other buildings in the United States, a federal law enforcement official said. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)

A Miami police officer stands watch at the Port of Miami, February 21, 2006. The FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies made arrests on Thursday as part of ongoing investigations into a 'terrorist-related matter,' U.S. prosecutors in Miami said. (Marc Serota/Reuters)

42 posted on 06/22/2006 7:15:31 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: Fred Nerks
Better download and save this rare screen capture. I have a feeling somebody's going to get fired over there at MSNBC.


43 posted on 06/22/2006 7:16:33 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: the invisib1e hand

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1653996/posts


44 posted on 06/22/2006 7:17:08 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Official: 7 Arrested In Connection With Terrorism Plot
FBI Conducts Terrorism-Related Investigation In Florida

POSTED: 8:55 pm EDT June 22, 2006
UPDATED: 9:32 pm EDT June 22, 2006

LIBERTY CITY, Fla. -- Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the United States, a federal law enforcement official said.

The official told The Associated Press the alleged plotters were mainly Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations. He spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt news conferences planned for Friday in Washington and Miami.

FBI agents investigating terrorism-related activities were conducting a number of raids Thursday, federal officials said.

Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said in a statement that it was an ongoing operation and that more details would be released Friday.

"There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations," said Richard Kolko, spokesman for FBI headquarters in Washington. He declined further comment.

Several streets were cordoned off during the search.

A Miami Police Department SWAT team assisted federal agents in the search. Armed agents could be seen in the area.

Several warrants were served at a housing complex, a reporter at affiliate station WTVJ said.

South Florida has been linked to several terrorism investigations in the past. Several of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, including ringleader Mohamed Atta, lived and trained in the area.

Jose Padilla, a former resident once accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive bomb in the country, is charged in Miami with being part of a North American terror support cell to al-Qaida and other violent Islamic extremist organizations. He has been in federal custody since 2002 and is scheduled for trial in September.

Padilla was originally designated an "enemy combatant" and held for 3½ years without charge by the Bush administration shortly after his May 2002 arrest at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Several plots by Cuban-Americans against the government of Fidel Castro have also been based in Miami.

http://www.local10.com/news/9414235/detail.html


45 posted on 06/22/2006 7:22:46 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: weegee

I believe you meant Radical anarchist negroid black afro-American leftist muslim...trash!


46 posted on 06/22/2006 7:23:08 PM PDT by Doc Savage (Bueller?....Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?...Pelosi?...Pelosi?...Pelosi?...)
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To: Prince Charles
Fox Chicago reports that one of the koranimals is also an ILLEGAL ALIEN from Haiti.

Whew! for a minute thre I was afraid the mean old Minutemen might have discouraged his illegal entry. [/sarc]

Good catch; thanks for posting.
47 posted on 06/22/2006 7:24:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: the invisib1e hand
"The official told The Associated Press the alleged plotters were mainly Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations."

So, were they out-of-the-closet Democrats or the conspiracy-mongerer types, who pretend to be conservatives?
48 posted on 06/22/2006 7:27:10 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: Deo volente

See #30

The men — part of a radical Black Muslim group — were planning terror acts in Miami and Chicago, officials say. The planned targets were the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami.

See #31

"They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given their lives to Allah."

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"I have a feeling somebody's going to get fired over there at MSNBC."

Fired for telling it like it is? I certainly hope not.




49 posted on 06/22/2006 7:32:49 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Read the bio THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free! Click Fred Nerks for link to my Page.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower

How can this be? Hillary, Chuckie, and that blowhard Peter King keep telling us that all the terror targets are in New York City.

50 posted on 06/22/2006 7:33:46 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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