Prosecution expert says Miami group ‘Liberty City Seven’ was primed for jihad
MIAMI (AP) – A prosecution expert says seven terror suspects were ready for “violent jihad” before they were arrested in Miami last year.
The men are accused of plotting to destroy Chicago’s Sears Tower and other U.S. landmarks. In testimony today, a Georgetown University professor and terrorism expert said the group’s suspected ringleader had nearly completed the “radicalization process” and moved toward acts of terrorism.
The professor also testified about the oath of allegiance to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden taken by the seven men — which was captured on videotape.
The testimony drew strong objections from defense attorneys, who unsuccessfully sought a mistrial. The defense says the men were merely trying to con an FBI informant out of money by going along with his terrorist talk.
The defendants each face as many as 70 years in prison if convicted of all four charges, including conspiracy to levy war against the United States and conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida.
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