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    BIOTERRORBIBLE.COM: Unbeknownst to most Americans, a massive terror plot to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago was subverted due to Army Captain Eric May who claims that Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago mayor Richard Daley were co-conspirators in a May 2-4, 2006, attempt to sabotage Chicago’s Sears Tower.

    "Former Army intelligence officer Capt. Eric H. May, military/political editor of the Lone Star Iconoclast, recently repeated that the governor and mayor were co-conspirators in a May 2-4, 2006, attempt to sabotage Chicago’s Sears Tower...May's allegations would seem outlandish – were they not backed up by a document trail connecting everyone from top government officials to media mainstays and even active-duty military intelligence. All of them coalesced into an informal alliance against the governor, the mayor and Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff, who was heading up exercises set to simulate the collapse of an unnamed downtown Chicago skyscraper. On April 26, 2006, advised of a possible attack by inside sources, May put in calls to Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Officer Col. Tim Franklin and Chicago Police Public Information Officer Laura Kubiak. Both confirmed the existence of terror exercises rehearsing the demolition of Sears Tower. Alarmed, May issued RED ALERT: "CHICAGO 911" CONFIRMED, which was quickly posted worldwide."

    Captain May sounded the false-flag alarm effectively and the Feds had to call off the terror attack. A few weeks later, the patsies, a group of black Americans from Florida, were indicted for the plot to blow up the Sears Tower. A few years later, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted on federal charges and has been sentenced to federal prison in a likely attempt to silence him.

    Date:
    June 23, 2006
    Suspect:  Burson Augustin, Rothschild Augustine, Naudimar Herrera, Stanley G. Phanor, Patrick Abraham, Lyglenson Lemorin
    Age: 21-32
    Ethnicity: 5 African-Americans, 2 Haitians
    Location: Chicago, Illinois
    Target: Sears Tower, FBI Offices
    Charges: Convicted of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower and carry out attacks on FBI offices across the United States.
    Notes: The plot to topple the Sears Tower in Chicago appears to be cover for the terror plot that Captain Eric May subverted.




    Title: Sears Tower Arrests: US Government Creates Another Al-Qaeda Cell
    Date: June 23, 2006
    Source: Prison Planet

    Abstract:
    Hot on the heels of a rash of staged terror alerts in both Britain and Canada, the announcement that seven men were arrested for planning to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and other prominent buildings is already taking the shape of another US government manufactured Al-Qaeda punch and judy show.

    As is usually the case, the alleged ringleader Nassir Batiste's family and friends are aghast that he could have any terrorist connections and uniformly deny the plausibility of and Al-Qaeda connection, describing him as a simple construction worker and a "nice guy."

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    ARIANE WEBSTER, SUSPECT'S GRANDMOTHER: I'm -- truly down in my heart I believe that's a stone lie. I been knowing Nassir (ph) better than five years. I never know him to get in any trouble. I never know him to have any problem with anybody. I always know him, he taught my son how to do karate. I have a son that is 18 years old. When he first met my son, my son was only about ...

    ANDREWS (reporter) : So you don't think he's a terrorist, as the government's alleging?

    WEBSTER: No, I don't. I really don't believe that.

    MASTER G.H.G. ATHEA, SUSPECT'S FRIEND: Someone along the line offered to him some funds to do whatever he wanted to do if that's what he wanted to do. As far as some subversive work. And said they would give him whatever he needed.

    ANDREWS: So somebody had approached him to give him money to blow up buildings?

    ATHEA: To do whatever he wanted to do. But that was far from his mind. So he had no desire to interact with these men to accept anything they had to offer.

    ANDREWS: So bottom line here, is your friend a terrorist?

    ATHEA: No, he's not. Absolutely not.

    The key comment here is from the suspects friend. It clearly looks as if the "someone" who tried to bend his ear and convince him to join Al-Qaeda was acting on behalf of the US government and running an entrapment sting.

    Entrapment is the primary method used to expose supposed Al-Qaeda cells, the evidence of which they were dangerous terrorists later dissolves into thin air in every single instance. It was used in the Canadian scare earlier this month and also recently in the Toledo arrests.

    Attorney General Gonzales said that "the individual they thought was a member of al-Qaida was present at their meetings and in actuality he was working with the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force."

    This is classic entrapment and the artificial manufacture of an Al-Qaeda boogeyman to wave in front of the American people.

    Batiste was most likely told that he was part of an anti-terror drill to test the security of Chicago landmarks and that he had to recruit a mock group of followers. Either that or he was a hand-picked idiot who had severe mental deficiencies and couldn't spot and obvious set-up.

    One of the repeating elements to emerge from every major terror sting or forged terror alert is the use of retarded individuals as patsies, informants and go-betweens. The terror raid in Forest Gate three weeks ago in which an innocent man was shot by the police was conducted on the whim of information provided by a man with an IQ of just 69.

    Similarly, it was reported today that the informant who sparked interest in alleged Ottawa terrorist Mohamed Harkat was "certifiably insane."

    The group used by the FBI to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993 were also clinically retarded. It's easier to frame people who lack any credibility and don't have any means to eloquently defend themselves.

    Don't be surprised to learn of a connection to a retarded individual over the next few days.

    We shouldn't be lapse in our understanding that the Sears Tower is indeed the target of deranged terrorist masters who want to destroy America. Internet speculation that the landmark would be attacked on April 19, 2004 was rubbished by many and yet a derailing of the plot was quietly announced that very day yet given no play in the establishment media.

    In March 2004, Silverstein Properties bought the tower in an $800 million deal. Larry Silverstein's penchant for large insurance pay outs, coupled with the strange coincidence of buildings only owned by him collapsing on 9/11, makes for a dangerous combination.

    The Sears Tower is indeed under threat - not from government created patsies, but the elite itself (Prison Planet, 2006).


    Title: F.B.I. Killed Plot in Talking Stage, A Top Aide Says
    Date: June 24, 2006
    Source: New York Times

    Abstract: A plot to topple the Sears Tower in Chicago and attack the F.B.I. headquarters in Miami was "more aspirational than operational," a top bureau official said Friday, a day after seven Florida men were arrested on terrorism charges.

    The official, John S. Pistole, deputy director of the F.B.I., and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said at a news conference that authorities chose to head off the would-be plot, involving scouting potential targets in Florida, when it was largely at the discussion stage.

    Mr. Gonzales acknowledged that the men, who had neither weapons nor explosives, posed "no immediate threat." But he added, "they did take sufficient steps that we believe does support this prosecution."

    In general, Mr. Gonzales said, homegrown terrorists "may prove to be as dangerous as groups like Al Qaeda."

    News of the arrests touched off widespread television coverage of the plot against the Sears Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. But details of the indictment disclosed Friday at news conferences in Washington and Miami presented a less alarming picture. The indictment made clear that a pivotal role was played by an unidentified undercover F.B.I. informer who posed as a Qaeda member and met repeatedly with the reported ringleader of the group, Narseal Batiste.

    Last month, after months of meeting the fake Qaeda representative, Mr. Batiste told him that "he was experiencing delays because of various problems within his organization" but still hoped to continue his mission of building an "Islamic army" to wage jihad against the United States, the indictment said.

    In Chicago, Police Superintendent Philip J. Cline said there was "never any imminent danger to the Sears Tower or to the city of Chicago."

    Florida officials emphasized that the reported attack plans apparently never passed the discussion stage.

    The seven defendants, 21 to 32 years old, include five Americans, a legal immigrant from Haiti and an illegal Haitian immigrant. They voiced grandiose goals in the yearlong investigation by the federal agents and the police, officials said.

    The indictment charged that Mr. Batiste recruited the others beginning in November "to wage war against the United States government." Mr. Gonzales said the men said they wanted to "kill all the devils we can" in attacks that would be "just as good or greater than 9/11."

    The men are accused of conspiring to blow up buildings and to provide "material support" to Al Qaeda. The indictment suggests that they mostly sought support from the fake Qaeda agent.

    In one of the first acts, the court papers say, the conspirators gave the informer their shoe sizes so he could buy them military boots. Later, the documents continue, Mr. Batiste gave the informer lists of other items needed for the proposed war like uniforms, binoculars, radios, vehicles, bulletproof vests, machine guns and $50,000 in cash.

    The suspects received their boots, the indictment says, but it does not make clear which other items were delivered.

    Neighbors said at least some of the men were in a religious group called the Seas of David that appeared to mix Christian and Muslim beliefs. The group wore uniforms bearing a Star of David and met for Bible study, prayer and martial arts in a one-story warehouse in the heart of the predominantly Haitian section of the impoverished Liberty City area.

    Workers in Bar-B's Grocery next door said the men were always quiet and polite when they stopped in. But at least five men had been previously arrested on charges of assault, drug and weapons charges, Miami-Dade County records show.

    "My husband had an idea that something was up in there," said Tonya Poole, who lives across the street from the warehouse. "He would tell me, 'Baby, something's going on.' We would see them in and out at all times at night."

    In addition to Mr. Batiste, 32, who was known as Brother Naz or Prince Manna, the authorities identified others born in the United States as Burson Augustin, 21; Rothschild Augustine, 22; Naudimar Herrera, 22; and Stanley G. Phanor, 31. The two Haitian-born defendants are Patrick Abraham, 27, and Lyglenson Lemorin, 31.

    All appeared briefly in court in Miami on Friday except Mr. Phanor, who was jailed for violating his probation on an earlier charge, and Mr. Lemorin, who was arrested in Atlanta.

    At Mr. Phanor's neatly landscaped peach-colored house, relatives cried and wailed as they answered questions. "This is tearing this family to pieces," said Mr. Phanor's mother, Elizene Phanor. She said her son was a skilled construction worker and pointed to a tile floor he laid.

    "My son would wake up every morning and say he loves Jesus," Ms. Phanor said. "Stan is my son, my friend, my life, and if he dies, I die with him."

    Sylvain Poantin, 30, who said he grew up with Mr. Phanor, added, "I'm feeling confused and stressed, because Stan isn't that type of person."

    Mr. Poantin said that a year and a half ago he was hanging out with Mr. Phanor when Mr. Batiste approached, wearing a long robe and a cap. "We were all intrigued by him," Mr. Poantin said. "He never spoke of violence, and he would call us beloved or brother."

    Mr. Poantin said he attended a Bible study session but found Mr. Batiste "arrogant" and did not join the group.

    The indictment follows by three weeks the arrest in Canada of 17 men accused of plotting attacks using fertilizer bombs. Some of those suspects were in contact with two Georgians previously charged in a terrorism investigation.

    In his news conference at the Justice Department, Mr. Gonzales linked those cases to the Madrid train bombing in 2004 and the London subway attack last July, saying the attacks represented "a new brand of terrorism" from "smaller, more loosely defined cells that are not affiliated with Al Qaeda, but who are inspired by a violent jihadist message."

    "The terrorists and suspected terrorists in Madrid and London and Toronto were not sleeper operatives sent on suicide missions," Mr. Gonzales said. "They were students and business people and members of the community."

    At a later briefing, Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty answered critics who have said terror prosecutions have often picked out seemingly unsophisticated extremists who are more talk than action. Mr. McNulty said the goal was "prevention through prosecution."

    Rather than allow a genuine threat to take shape, he added, investigators move in as soon as there is sufficient evidence to prosecute.

    "Today's example is a good example of that approach," he said.

    Mr. McNulty said 261 people had been convicted or pleaded guilty in "terrorism or terrorism-related cases" since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. An additional 180 people have been charged and are awaiting trial or have been acquitted, had their charges dismissed, are awaiting extradition or are fugitives, according to statistics released Friday.

    Mr. McNulty acknowledged that some of the convictions counted as "terrorism related" included crimes that turned out to have no link to terrorism. He said the statistics might be revised to give a more precise accounting of cases with true terrorist connections (New York Times, 2006).

    Title: Chicago Cops Dodge Blagojevich/Sears Tower Investigation
    Date:
    December 23, 2008
    Source:
    William B. Fox

    Abstract: A Chicago Police Department official, who refused to be identified by name, stated that city law enforcement would avoid investigating allegations against embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Mayor Richard M. Daley. Former Army intelligence officer Capt. Eric H. May, military/political editor of the Lone Star Iconoclast, recently repeated that the governor and mayor were co-conspirators in a May 2-4, 2006, attempt to sabotage Chicago’s Sears Tower.

    The 110-story building was bought on the day of the March 11, 2004, Madrid bombing by Larry Silverstein. Even
    with recent revelations of widespread corruption and conspiracy by Illinois and Chicago officials, the former NBC editorial writer’s allegations would seem outlandish – were they not backed up by a document trail connecting everyone from top government officials to media mainstays and even active-duty military intelligence. All of them coalesced into an informal alliance against the governor, the mayor and Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff, who was heading up exercises set to simulate the collapse of an unnamed downtown Chicago skyscraper. All of them believed that the chance of an attack against the Silverstein property was real. The documents tell the tale.

    On April 26, 2006, advised of a possible attack by inside sources, May put in calls to Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Officer Col. Tim Franklin and Chicago Police Public Information Officer Laura Kubiak. Both confirmed the existence of terror exercises rehearsing the demolition of Sears Tower. Alarmed, May issued RED ALERT: "CHICAGO 911" CONFIRMED, which was quickly posted worldwide. The next day, April 27, the Illinois governor’s office issued a press release confirming the just-exposed exercises, revealing that the exercises, involving up to 2,000 participants, had been in the works – unannounced – for seven months. Shortly afterwards, May wrote Blagojevich directly. He copied contacts in the Defense and State Departments, stating his conviction that there was a treasonous plot afoot. After two days of silence from the governor’s office, May began to give interviews, expressing his doubts about Blagojevich and Daley.

    The Chicago mayor was curiously absent from the city at the time on a first-ever visit to Israel, in the company of Israeli intelligence. "The Edge," hosted by radio journalist Daniel Ott, spread word about the suspicious exercises widely throughout the Midwest. It may seem inconceivable that Chicago police would still shy away from investigating or even discussing the possibility of an official conspiracy, but May isn’t surprised. "We should remember just how dangerous government can be. Every great American since the Founding Fathers has agreed on that point. No one should be surprised that ‘Blago’ and company are part of a conspiracy.

    It wasn’t so long ago that Illinois officials conspired with Al Capone. The Chicago cops stood by and played dumb then, too." Decorated Vietnam combat veteran Merlin Neadows, who was part of what has since come to be called the "Chicago Mayday Mission," is even harsher with Windy City law enforcement: "They’re a disgrace," the former infantryman said. "They know that we did their job while they hid back in 2006, and they’re still hiding. If it hadn’t been for us Internet infowarriors, Chicago would have had a terror attack for sure” (William B. Fox, 2008).


    Title:
    Five Guilty In Chicago Bomb Plot
    Date: May 12, 2009
    Source: BBC

    Abstract:
    Five men have been convicted in Miami of plotting to blow up the Sears tower in Chicago and carry out attacks on FBI offices across the United States. Prosecutors say the men conspired to provide material support to al-Qaeda, but defence lawyers argued the whole thing was an FBI set up. A sixth man was acquitted of all charges. It was the third trial for the men, who were arrested in 2006. Previous juries were unable to agree on whether their plot was genuine.

    In the earlier trials, a seventh man was also acquitted of all of the charges he faced. The latest verdicts were handed down after six days of deliberations. The men - who were known as the Liberty City 7 after the poor area of Miami they operated in - now face 30 to 70 years in prison. Sentencing has been set for 27 July.

    The men, most of whom have Haitian backgrounds, were caught on tape by an FBI informant discussing plans to cause an anti-government insurrection. The ringleader, Narseal Batiste, 35, is caught on audio and video tape saying that they should start a "full ground war" that would "kill all the devils".

    Defence lawyers argued that the group had not been serious about the attacks, and that they went along with the plot in order to con the FBI agent out of $50,000 (£32,700). Batiste, convicted on four terrorism-related conspiracy counts, faces up to 70 years in prison. His right-hand man, 29-year-old Patrick Abraham, was convicted on three counts and faces 50 years behind bars. Three others, Burson Augustin, Rotschild Augustine and Stanley Grant Phanor - aged 24, 25 and 33 respectively - face 30 years on two counts. Naudimar Herrera, 25, was cleared of all four charges (BBC, 2009)

    Title: Illinois Governor Rod  Blagojevich Indicted, Tried, Retried, Convicted, But Yet To Be Sentenced
    Date: 2012
    Source: Wikipedia

    Abstract:
    Blagojevich was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2009. Most of the charges related to attempts to sell the Senate seat vacated by then-President-elect Barack Obama. On August 17, 2010, he was convicted on one of the 24 federal charges, a charge of lying to the FBI, and the jury was hung on 23 other counts. The defense did not call a single witness, claiming that prosecutors did not prove their case. Because the jury could not agree on the remaining charges, a mistrial was ordered for those counts. Within fifteen minutes after the mistrial was declared, the prosecution team announced that they would definitely pursue a retrial on the twenty-three mistrial counts. A post-verdict court date was set for August 23, 2010. Federal prosecutors reduced the number of counts for Blagojevich's retrial, and on June 27, 2011, he was found guilty of 17 of the 20 charges, not guilty on one, and no verdict was rendered by the jury on two counts. He was found guilty on all charges pertaining to the senate seat, as well as extortion relating to state funds being directed towards a children's hospital and race track. However, he was acquitted on a charge pertaining to the tollway extortion and avoided a guilty verdict (by split decision) on attempting to extort Rahm Emanuel. On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the Federal Prison System, however, under federal rules, Blagojevich will serve at least 85%, or 12 years, of his sentence, after which time he may be eligible for early release based on good behavior. He reported to prison on March 15, 2012 at Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood in Littleton, Colorado (Wikipedia, 2011).