Dec 17, 2007
The trial of seven Miami workers accused of plotting to bomb the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago ended in the acquittal of one and a hung jury for the rest. The government’s case against the six construction workers and a small contractor was an obvious set-up. All were struggling to survive in Miami’s poor Liberty City neighborhood, when they were arrested and charged in June 2006. The workers had gone along with the contractor’s plan to try to con two government informants posing as Al Qaeda representatives out of $50,000 dollars they promised.
But no actual plans were ever drawn up and no money was ever paid to the defendants. The contractor even pawned a camera he was given to take pictures of potential target buildings in order to buy food for his family. The bugged warehouse where the defendants met with the supposed Al Qaeda agents and did martial arts training was paid for by the FBI. An informant also suggested the plan to bomb FBI offices in Miami. As one of the defense attorneys said in his closing statement, “The case was written, produced and directed by the FBI.”
Ever since 9/11, the government has organized imagined terrorist plots in the U.S. in order to justify its wars against Iraq and Afghanistan and to justify its blatant violation of rights in this country.
The Liberty City 7 were just one more group of people lured into one of these imagined plots – so imaginary that another jury has seen through government manipulation. There are terrorist plots in this country all right – carried out by the U.S. government against us and against other people.