- The Washington Times - Friday, June 23, 2006

MIAMI (AP) — Inside a city warehouse, authorities believe, a group was hatching the early stages of a widespread terror plot — one that targeted Chicago’s Sears Tower, an FBI office in Miami and other U.S. buildings.

Authorities yesterday swarmed the warehouse in Miami’s Liberty City area, removed a metal door with a blowtorch and arrested seven people, a federal law enforcement official said. Officials in Washington and Miami were expected to release more details in separate news conferences this morning.

Neighbors who lived nearby said young men, who appeared to be in their teens and 20s, slept in the warehouse, running what looked like a militaristic group. They appeared brainwashed, some said.

“They would come out late at night and exercise,” said Tashawn Rose, 29. “It seemed like a military boot camp that they were working on there. They would come out and stand guard.”

The law enforcement official told The Associated Press the seven were mainly Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations. He spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the news conferences.

“There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations,” said Richard Kolko, spokesman for FBI headquarters in Washington. He declined further comment.

Residents living near the warehouse said the men taken into custody described themselves as Muslims and had tried to recruit young people to join their group. Miss Rose said they tried to recruit her younger brother and nephew for a karate class.

She said she talked to one of the men about a month ago. “They seemed brainwashed,” she said.

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