Several high profiles cases (two “terrorism” cases and two political prosecutions of Democratic officials) have been lost by Bush’s Department of Justice recently. Ideology just doesn’t do well when confronted with facts, an adversarial environment, rules of evidence and an impartial jury. I would point out the recent verdicts in the Holy Land Foundation case in Texas, and the acquittals of Democratic state senators from Tennessee and Iowa.
The so-called Liberty City Seven case is a bogus terrorism trial in which some idiots without a plan or a dollar get entrapped into saying they wanna blow up this or that. Several similar cases have been brought over the past several years, with the objective being that the Guy Who Brought us 9/11 can pretend how great it is that he’s the presnint.
One of seven Miami men accused of plotting to join forces with al-Qaida to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower was acquitted Thursday, and a mistrial was declared for the six others after the federal jury deadlocked.
The mistrial means prosecutors will have to decide whether to retry the six men.
The outcome was a setback for the Bush administration, which had seized on the case to illustrate the dangers of homegrown terrorism and trumpet the government’s post-Sept. 11 success in infiltrating and smashing terror plots in their earliest stages.
The group never actually made contact with al-Qaida. Instead, a paid FBI informant known as Brother Mohammed posed as an al-Qaida emissary.
* Government officials called their arrests an important victory in the war on terrorism and the indictment said they aspired to carry out attacks “just as good or greater than 9/11.” But Deputy FBI Director John Pistole said at the time their plans were “aspirational rather than operational.”
* Other government agents said the defendants posed no real threat because they had no actual al Qaeda contacts or means of carrying out attacks.
* Accused ringleader Narseal Batiste testified he never asked al Qaeda for money and made up stories of plotting to bring down the Sears Tower to con government informants who posed as Middle Eastern contacts out of $50,000. Batiste said he wanted the money to build a nonprofit religious organization and community outreach program in Liberty City.
* Other defendants were Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin and Rotschild Augustine.
* The government’s main evidence was drawn from 15,000 audio and videotaped conversations made by paid FBI informants.
* The defendants met at the warehouse, which they called “the temple” or “the embassy,” to practice martial arts and study religious texts, but their lawyers scoffed at depictions of them as Islamist extremists.