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Seven Charged in al-Qaida Plot to Blow up the Sears Tower

Seven men were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for planning to bomb a number of buildings including the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami. Two experts discuss the arrests and what is known about their conspiracy.

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    The men indicted in Miami today were described by federal authorities as homegrown terrorists, as members of an Islamic army planning to destroy five government buildings in four U.S. cities, and the Sears Tower in Chicago, as well.

  • ALBERTO GONZALES, U.S. Attorney General:

    What we have is a situation where individuals here in America made plans to hurt Americans.

    They did take some overt acts; they did request materials; they did request equipment; they did request funding; they took an allegiance — swore allegiance to al-Qaida.

    We clearly believe there's sufficient information, sufficient facts, to support this prosecution. And, therefore, we took action when we did because we believe we have an obligation to prevent America from another attack here.


    The seven indicted include five U.S. citizens and two Haitian immigrants, one here illegally, and range in age from 22 to 32.


    The indictment charges four counts: conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, namely al-Qaida; conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists; conspiracy to maliciously damage and destroy buildings by means of an explosive device; and conspiracy to levy war against the government of the United States.

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