A bomb plot foiled in Miami. Seven men are under arrest, accused of plotting to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and several federal buildings in Miami.
Authorities are calling the seven men accused of plotting a terror strike on U.S. soil "homegrown terrorists."
Five were U.S. citizens, another a legal immigrant from Haiti, and the other a Haitian national in the country illegally.
Alex Acosta, Miami U.S. Attorney, said, "We believe that the defendants, in their own words, sought the support of Al-Qaida to, in their own words, ‘wage jihad and war against the U.S.’"
A terror plot had been brewing on Florida soil. Gov. Bush told WCTV that is cause for concern.
"The fact that there are cells maybe not associated with Al-Qaida, but aspiring to be in our state, in our country, should give everyone concern," he said.
According to investigators, the seven men thought they were conspiring with Al-Qaida. However, all along they were plotting with an informant.
Authorities arrested six of the men at a warehouse in Liberty City, Florida Thursday, where a neighbor said it appeared the men were running a military boot camp.
Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Attorney General, said, "They hoped that their attacks would, quote, ‘be just as good or greater than 9/11.’"
Gov. Jeb Bush said, "I'm gratified to know local, state, and most particularly federal law enforcement was on top of it and arrested these folks before they could do harm."
While the plot was never an imminent threat, according authorities, Miami's U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta says there was a will. He adds the seven never got the explosives and did not get the access to the federal buildings they would've needed.
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