Florida Terrorism Investigation

MIAMI (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say the so-called "Liberty
City Seven'' were part of a homegrown terrorism cell seeking
alliance with al-Qaida.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Arango told jurors in a
two-hour closing statement today that Narseal Batiste was the
commander of the group that sought an "unholy alliance'' to
destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb several FBI offices,
including Miami.
She said the ultimate aim of Batiste and his "soldiers'' was to
use the attacks to spark a broader insurrection _ even freeing
prisoners to become guerrilla fighters _ that would topple the U.S.
government.
The seven men face up to 70 years in prison if convicted of all
four terrorism-related charges. The defendants claim they were
faking the plot to dupe an informant out of money. They never
obtained explosives.
Closing arguments from defense lawyers and a final rebuttal from
prosecutors are scheduled to continue tomorrow and possibly into
Monday.


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