Jury hears secretly recorded conversation as testimony ends in Miami terrorism case

They say Batiste dreamed of bringing down the 110-story Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices in Miami and elsewhere as the first salvo in a broad insurrection against the government, and eagerly welcomed help from al-Qaida to accomplish his goal.

Seas of David: Oddballs tried mix of creeds & religions

The details emerging yesterday about the seven accused wanna-be jihadists did not make up a picture of your standard Islamic terrorists. Either Haitian immigrants or the sons of Haitian immigrants, they belonged to an off-the-wall Biblical sect called the Seas of David that mixed elements of Christianity and Islam. Their leader, Narseal Batiste, was known […]

Seas of David: Leaders say accused bombers not Muslim

Seven men arrested in the US for planning to blow up America’s tallest building and FBI offices were not Muslims and not linked to the US Islamic community, Islamic leaders insisted yesterday. The suspects – five Americans and two foreigners – arrested on Thursday after approaching an undercover FBI agent who they thought was an […]

The gang intent on jihad in heart of US

Seven men were charged yesterday with waging war on the United States after they were arrested and accused of plotting to blow up America’s tallest building. The arrests in Miami and Atlanta of five Americans and two Haitians, who were accused of pledging allegiance to al-Qa’eda, represent the most serious case of suspected homegrown Islamic […]

Dad: Sears Tower suspect under spell of man

The father of the former Chicagoan accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower remembers his son, Narseal Batiste, coming under the spell of a man who wore a black robe and walked with a black staff. “We went to dinner with this old guy in Chicago about six years ago,” said the Rev. […]

Seas of David: Bizarre cult of Sears Tower plotter

The ringleader of the seven men accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago was a Moses-like figure who carried a crooked cane and wore a cape as he sought to recruit followers to a religious cult called the Seas of David. Narseal Batiste, 32, a martial arts enthusiast, led his oddball […]

Seas of David: Plot to topple Sears Tower alerts US to home-grown terror cells

America was warned yesterday that it faced a new “home-grown terrorist” threat after the FBI arrested seven men accused of conspiring with al-Qaeda and plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago. The alleged terrorist cell was said to have been based at a warehouse in Liberty City, Miami, where they wore turbans and […]

Sect inspired ‘leader of Sears Tower plot’

The alleged ringleader of a terrorist cell that planned to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago was an adherent of an obscure black Islamist sect that was first investigated by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation in the 1950s, relatives said yesterday. According to an FBI indictment, Narseal Batiste, 32, wanted to build an “Islamic […]
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