FBI Counterterrorism Sting Nets 7 Radical Islamic Men


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

Federal agents and local cops, as part of an undercover sting operation, arrested terrorism suspects in Miami who US officials claim were plotting to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI headquarters in Miami and several other structures within the US. A massive raid on a Liberty City warehouse netted seven suspects.

The suspects had told many residents that they were running a karate school for kids in the warehouse. Instead, they were plotting to conduct terrorism operations in that building, which served as their headquarters.

Their militant Muslims’ operations were terminated by FBI agents before any attack could be carried out. As part of the raid, FBI agents swarmed the warehouse, using a blowtorch to take off a metal door.

The terrorists are said to have been ambitious, but did not have the materials or equipment necessary to achieve those ambitions, according to one FBI source.

The suspects, who were all Muslims, thought they were plotting their attacks with members of Al-Qaeda, but in reality they were interacting with law-enforcement undercover agents, according to members of the joint counterterrorism task force of federal, state and local law enforcement.

According to one report on Fox News, the plotters talked about belonging to an Islamic army and were working on to raising their army in the US; but the investigation suggested they didn’t have the means to achieve their paramilitary goals.

Meanwhile in Chicago, police officials announced that the city has not increased its terrorism threat level in response to the news about the would-be terrorists.

The FBI-led joint task force had cordoned off an area of Liberty City in Miami on Thursday in raids that officials described as a significant terrorism-related investigation.

FBI Director Robert Mueller, during a televised press conference, said: “I can tell you that we do have an ongoing operation in Miami. We are conducting a number of arrests and searches and we’ll have more about that when the operation is concluded, probably tomorrow [Friday] morning.”

Mueller added that “whenever we undertake an operation like this, we would not do it without the approval of a judge. We’ve got search warrants and arrest warrants and the like.” The FBI director said this in order to head off criticism by opponents of the US counterterrorism policy and some members of the news media.

While six of the suspects are either citizens or legal immigrants, one of them is allegedly an illegal alien, although that fact is being played down by US authorities.

The largest terrorist target discussed by the terrorists and undercovers was the 110-story Sears Tower, the nation’s tallest building. Security was intensified after the 9/11 attacks, and the building’s renowned “Skydeck” was closed for about a month and a half until security could be upgraded by their own director of security.

Neighbors who live near the warehouse told reporters that the men arrested described themselves as Muslims and had tried to recruit young people to join their group, which they characterized as “militaristic.”

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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