Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5 Miami men convicted of Sears Tower terror attack plot, Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Rotschild Augustine, Burson Augustin

5 Miami men convicted of Sears Tower terror attack plot, Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Rotschild Augustine, and Burson Augustin are al-Qaeda.

MIAMI – It took three trials, three juries and nearly three years, but federal prosecutors finally succeeded Tuesday in convicting five Miami men of plotting to start an anti-government insurrection linked to al-Qaeda by
destroying Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices. One man was acquitted.

When the FBI swarmed the downtrodden Liberty City neighborhood to make the arrests in June 2006, the administration of President George W. Bush hailed the case as a prime example of the Justice Department's post-Sept. 11 policy of disrupting potential terror plots in the earliest possible stages.

It wasn't the only victory Tuesday for terrorism prosecutors. In a separate case
in New York, a jury convicted a Lebanese-born Swede of trying to set up a terror training camp in Oregon in 1999. The verdict against Oussama Kassir (al-Muhajiroun member) capped a three-week trial.

In the Miami case, Batiste, 35, was the only one convicted of all four terrorism-related conspiracy counts, including plotting to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to wage war against the U.S. Batiste, who was on the vast majority of FBI recordings, faces up to 70 years in prison.

From at least as early as in or about November, 2005, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, and continuing until on or about the date of the return of this Indictment, in Miami-Dade County, in the Southern District of Florida, and elsewhere, the defendants Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Rotschild Augustine, and Burson Augustin, together with others unknown to the Grand Jury, did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree to provide material support and resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization, that is, al Qaeda, by agreeing to provide personnel, including themselves, to work under al Qaeda's direction and control, knowing that al Qaeda has engaged or engages in terrorist activity in the USA and around the World.

In order to obtain funding and support for the mission to wage war against the United States, NARSEAL BATISTE and other conspirators attempted to obtain the support of al Qaeda. In order to obtain such funding and support from al Qaeda,
the conspirators pledged an oath to al Qaeda and supported a purported mission of al Qaeda to destroy FBI buildings within the United States. The means of such support included taking photographs of the FBI Building in North Miami Beach, Florida, as well as video and photographs of other federal buildings located in Miami -Dade County, Florida.

On or about March 16, 2006, NARSEAL BATISTE, PATRICK ABRAHAM, STANLEY PHANOR, NAUDIMAR HERRERA, BURSON AUGUSTIN, LYGLENSON LEMORIN, and ROTSCHILD AUGUSTINE attended a meeting with the "al Qaeda representative" at a warehouse in Miami-Dade County, where a

plot to bomb Federal Bureau of Investigation buildings in five cities (Miami, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C.) was discussed they also discussed and did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, and agree to maliciously damage and destroy by means of an explosive: a building leased to an agency of the United States, that is, the Federal Bureau of Investigation building, located at 16320 N.W. 2nd Avenue, North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida .

A government filing discloses the involvement of Chicago resident Charles Stewart (a.k.a. Sultan Khanbey). Stewart traveled to Miami with his wife (known as Queen Zakayaah) and, during a meeting at the warehouse monitored by the government, discussed “bringing about a revolution to help the people” with Batiste.

Stewart spoke of nationalizing “10,000 people into the Moorish nation.” Stewart asserted that they were “‘vanguards’ and ‘angels’ here to rid the Earth of filth, that they were a nation and would do what nations do, and that as long as they stood on Islam, theywere impregnable. On May 5, 2005, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents arrested Stewart for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Following his arrest, he provided information to the government on the Miami group.

Bill Warner
private investigator