Were the 666 Sears Tower Cult, Home Grown Terrorists, Illuminati, Christians or al-Qaida when arrested at a Masonic Lodge?
MIAMI – 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., including the FBI office here, a federal law enforcement official said.
One neighbor said the suspects had been sleeping in the warehouse while running what seemed to be a “military boot camp.” 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.
“There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations,” said Richard Kolko, spokesman for FBI headquarters in Washington.
“We are conducting a number of arrests and searches” in Miami, Mueller said, which were expected to be wrapped up Friday morning.
Residents living near the warehouse said the men taken into custody described themselves as Muslims and had tried to recruit young people to join their apparently militaristic group.
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.”
Benjamin Williams, 17, said the group had young children with them sometimes. Sometimes, he added, the men “would cover their faces. Sometimes they would wear things on their heads, like turbans.”
Xavier Smith, who attends the nearby United Christian Outreach, said the men would often come by the church and ask for water.