Federal prosecutors try again to obtain a conviction in case of men accused to of being linked to al-Oaida and plotting to destroy the Sears Tower.
Wired PR News.com — After two mistrials, federal prosecutors are trying to convince jurors a third time that six Miami men living in a poor neighborhood were plotting to attack the Sears Tower, which would ignite a war in an effort to overthrow the U.S. government. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the alleged leader of the group, 34-year-old Narseal Batiste, and six others were arrested two and a half years ago at a Miami warehouse in what was cited by President George Bush’s administration as an example of how terror plots are stopped in its earliest stage.
The third trial is set to begin Wednesday. Prosecutors claim to have sufficient evidence of the group’s guilt including audio and video recordings of Batiste comparing the U.S. government to “The kingdom of Satan.” It is also claimed that the men took an oath to Osama Bin Laden. A first trial in 2007 ended with a hung jury for the six men and an acquittal for one other. A second trial in 2008 ended with a hung jury as well. If convicted, the men could spend the next 70 years in prison.