Maybe They Weren’t Terrorists?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

The Miami "Seas of David" terror bust was such an important blow in the War on Terror that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales himself gave a press conference in July of 2006. Federal agents had stopped a plot to blow up the Sears Tower, he said. The group had planned to "accomplish attacks against America," the FBI’s deputy director said at Gonzales side. "We pre-empted their plot."

At the time, many — including myself — felt that it was a lot of hype.  A bunch of Muslims with tough talk amongst themselves, and absolutely no means to carry out such an attack.  It was unclear whether the group really had any plans themselves, or whether they got all their ideas from the FBI informant. When the FBI raided the Temple, FBI agents found only one knife and a blackjack. The group trained by shooting paintball guns in the woods.

Apparently, your peers in the jury agreed.  The government’s case ended yesterday with one exoneration and six mistrials.