people arrested during an FBI raid in the US city
of Miami have been charged with conspiring to work
with al-Qaeda and under its control.
They were taken from a warehouse in Miami's Liberty
City area on suspicion of planning to attack Chicago's
Sears Tower and other targets.
suspects are believed to be Muslim, and include five
US citizens and two foreigners, including a Haitian.
say they were infiltrated by a US agent posing as
an al-Qaeda member.
weapons were found in the Miami warehouse, and the
seven had not posed any immediate danger, the FBI
told US media there was no direct connection between
the suspects and al-Qaeda or any other international
have been described to us by sources as wannabes or
sympathisers," Mani Garcia, city editor of the
Miami Herald newspaper, told the BBC World Service.
man claiming links to the arrested men later told
the news channel CNN that they were a peaceful religious
group, who studied Allah.
to a federal indictment, the men were conspiring to
"levy war against the United States".
have been charged with conspiring to blow up both
the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the United
States, as well as the FBI building in North Miami
indictment names Narseal Batiste, who allegedly asked
an undercover agent he thought was from al-Qaeda for
help to build an "Islamic Army to wage Jihad",
the indictment said.
is said to have told the agent he and his five "soldiers"
wanted al-Qaeda training and planning for a "full
ground war" against the US in order to "kill
all the devils we can".
mission would "be just as good or greater than
9/11", Batiste said, according to the indictment.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been giving
more details of the raids at a news conference.
in Miami's poor Liberty City area said the men apparently
slept in the warehouse where they were arrested.
would come out late at night and exercise. It seemed
like a military boot camp they were working on there.
They would come out and stand guard," said Tashawn