The 'Miami Seven': Disrupting the Network
June 28, 2006
By Fred Burton
Recent reports about a homegrown terrorist cell -- now being referred to as the "Miami Seven," in reference to several arrests in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood on June 22 -- have excited considerable attention in the United States. The seven men arrested have been accused of plotting to bomb Chicago's 110-story Sears Tower and wage other attacks inside the United States, and federal agents say they were attempting to forge contacts with al Qaeda. Most of the arrests came after federal agents raided a warehouse that was used as a "temple" by an organization called the "Seas of David" -- a self-styled "Muslim group" that also appears to have incorporated bits and pieces of Christianity, freemasonry and Eastern mysticism into its beliefs and practices.
At first glance, the group's charismatic leader, Narseal Batiste, and his followers appear to be almost comical -- another example of apparently bumbling clowns or "Kramer jihadists."
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