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Seas of David
aka "Liberty City Seven"

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The arrests in Miami and Atlanta of five Americans and two Haitians,
who were accused of pledging allegiance to al-Qa'eda

 

Leadership

Narseal Batiste

 

Batiste Contacts Middle Eastern Man Traveling to Yemen October, 2005
  • Last October, Batiste allegedly contacted a Middle Eastern-born Miami resident who was about to travel to Yemen.
  • The man dealt in fresh produce; Batiste was unaware that he was also a paid informant for the FBI.
  • The man -- known only as CW1 in court documents -- told his FBI handlers that Batiste had spoken of forming an army to wage jihad and overthrow the federal government. He said Batiste was "willing to work with al Qaeda to accomplish the mission and wanted to travel with [the informant] overseas to make appropriate connections," according to court documents.
  • The FBI would eventually pay the informant, who had previous arrests for assault and marijuana possession, $10,500 for his services in the Batiste investigation and reimburse him $8,815 for his expenses.
  • Over the next few weeks, the informant stayed in touch with Batiste and spent a night at the "embassy" where the group was headquartered.
  • He reported seeing guns, karate practice and fighting drills that involved machetes.

 

FBI Introduces Operative to Batiste mid-November, 2005

 

Batiste Tells FBI Informant Seeks to Build "Islamic Army" to "Wage Jihad" December 16, 2005
  • Batiste told an FBI informant posing as an Al Qaeda member around December 16, 2005 that he was organizing a mission to build an "Islamic Army" in order to wage jihad against the US with his "soldiers" to destroy the Sears Tower.
  • He requested a list of materials and equipment needed to wage jihad, including boots, uniforms, machine guns, radios, and vehicles.
  • The meeting took place in a hotel room


Batiste planned a jail break in Chicago after toppling the Sears Tower

Batiste Tells FBI Informant: Will Liberate Jailed Muslims During Chaos in Chicago December 22, 2005


Batiste expected to force the US government to grant the Moors sovereignty in the US, hence the name of their training location "The Embassy"

Batiste: Will Force US to Recognize Sovereignty of Moors December 22, 2005
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Mini Bushmaster .223 rifle

Batiste Requests $50k and Equipment from FBI Informant December 22, 2005


 

FBI Informant Gives Training Area to Batiste January 2006
  • By the beginning of January, CW2 had offered Batiste a rent-free warehouse large enough for training.
  • In reality, the FBI wanted a new meeting spot because it could not carry out surveillance at the "embassy," which was located in a high-crime area where agents would be easily spotted.
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Batiste Starts to Disassociate from FBI Informant, Lacking Trust January 2006
  • At the same time, however, Batiste began to mistrust CW2 because of his numerous questions and ended direct contact with him for a while.
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Osama bin Laden's January statement is "spun" by the FBI informant to encourage Batiste
 

Osama bin Laden Issues Statement on Attacks in US, FBI Informant Spins for Batiste January 2006
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Islamorada Island just off coast of Florida

Three Cell Members Meet with FBI Informant January 28, 2006
  • Patrick Abraham, Naudimar Herrera, Rothschild Augustine and the FBI Informant met at a location in Miami-Dade County in order to exchange cars prior to driving to Islamorada, Florida for a meeting with Narseal Batiste
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Batiste: "Want to Attend Al Qaeda Training Camp" February 19, 2006
  • On February 19, 2006, in a meeting with the "Al Qaeda representative," along with Patrick Abraham, he expressed interest in attending Al Qaeda training during April and gave further details of the mission to wage "a full ground war" against the United States in order to "kill all the devils we can" in a mission that would "be just as good or greater than 9/11."
  • He requested a video camera for the trip to Chicago.
  • Batiste proposed attending an Al Qaeda training camp during the second week of April
  • Batiste suggested the beginning with the destruction of the Sears Tower.

 

FBI Wires the New Headquarters March 15, 2006
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Batiste Given New Headquarters by FBI Informant March 16, 2006
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Lyglenson Lemorin joined Batiste for this meeting

Batiste Swears Loyalty Oath to Al Qaeda March 10, 2006
  • Lemorin was present during the loyalty oath, but appears to have not taken the oath himself
  • At an unidentified meeting in March, six of the cell members pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, although Lemorin appears to have not done so
  • Just prior to the oath, which was covertly recorded by the FBI, Batiste told the informant that he "admired the work Bin Laden was doing"

 

Six Cell Members Discuss Plans to Target Five Cities, with FBI Informant March 16, 2006
  • Around March 16, 2006, along with Patrick Abraham, Stanley Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin, and Rotschild Augustine, Batiste met with the "Al Qaeda representative," swore an oath of loyalty to Al Qaeda and discussed plans to bomb the FBI building in five cities.
  • At this meeting, Batiste took possession of a video camera and promised to obtain "good footage" of the North Miami Beach FBI building.


James Lawrence King
Federal Justice Building

Batiste Requests Van from FBI Informant March 23 - April 6, 2006
  • Around March 26, 2006, Batiste and Burson Augistin provided the FBI informant with photographs and video footage of the FBI building and the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building, federal courthouse, Federal Detention Center, and the Miami Police Department buildings.
  • They met again around April 6 to discuss the photographs and footage.


Charles James Stewart leads the Moorish Temple in Chicago, Illinois

FBI Informant "Interested in Meeting Chicago Cell" Early
April 2006
  • CW2 later expressed interest in meeting Batiste's Chicago associates and said al-Qaeda would pay to have them come to Miami.
  • Batiste called Charles James Stewart, also known as Sultan Khan Bey, and his wife in Chicago, where Stewart leads his own branch of the Moorish Science Temple.
  • With $3,500 in FBI money, Batiste paid for them to come to Miami.
  • Court papers show that Stewart is a convicted rapist with a long arrest record for other serious crimes.

 

Batiste and Stewart Videotaped Discussing Selling Drug Paraphernalia April 11, 2006
  • On April 11, with FBI cameras rolling, Stewart and Batiste sat in the Miami warehouse and discussed opening a shop to sell marijuana and drug pipes.
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Batiste and Stewart discussed "Seas of David" plot while taking marijuana at "The Embassy"

Under FBI Cameras, Batiste and Stewart Discuss Building Moorish Nation of 10,000 April 11, 2006

 

Batiste and Stewart Fight Over Plot April 17, 2006
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Stewart Charges Batiste with Treason April 19, 2006
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Stewart fired on a Batiste supporter

Stewart Shoots Gun at Batiste Cell Member April 19, 2006
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Stewart Arrested on Weapons Charges May 5, 2006
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Federal Agents Question Stewart re "Plots Against US" May 5, 2006
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Batiste Tells FBI Informant "We're Delayed, But Still Committed" May 24, 2006
  • Batiste told the "Al Qaeda representative" that he was experiencing delays because of various problems within his organization but that he wanted to continue his mission and maintain his relationship with Al Qaeda.
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FBI Arrests the Seas of David cell June 22, 2006
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FBI Raids Seas of David Warehouse, Finds Nothing, About June 23, 2006


Attorney General Gonzales: Dangerous to say "this is a really dangerous group; this is not a dangerous group"

Attorney General Gonzales: "Nowhere Near Carrying Out Terrorist Act", June 23, 2006


FBI Director Robert Mueller

FBI Director Mueller Cites "Seas of David" in "Major Speech" in Cleveland, June 23, 2006


110-story Sears Tower

Plot Intended to Exceed September 11th
  • The attack was meant to be grander than the attacks of September 11, 2001, and included planned bombings of the 110-story Sears Tower, the nation's tallest building, and the FBI office in Miami, the indictment says.
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Stanley Grant Phanor
  • The family of Phanor, who according to the indictment calls himself "Brother Sunni," told reporters in Miami he was innocent of all charges and was a practicing Roman Catholic, not a Muslim.
  • "They all call themselves brothers and they are well-mannered," said his older sister, Marlene Phanor. "All they were trying to do was clean up the community. We are Catholic. He's Catholic." She said the family attends St. Mary's Catholic Church in Miami.


Lyglenson Lemorin acquitted by jury in December 2007

Lemorin Acquitted, Mistrials in Other Six Cell Members December 13, 2007
  • One of seven men accused of conspiring to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower was acquitted Thursday, and a federal jury in Miami failed to reach a verdict on six others arrested in the alleged terror plot.
  • The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that the six whose cases ended in mistrials would be retried starting on January 7.
  • Lyglenson Lemorin, who also goes by the name Brother Levi, was acquitted in the "Liberty City 7" trial, U.S. District Judge Joan Leonard's office told CNN.


 

Jury Deadlocked in Second Trial After 13 Days of Deliberations April 16, 2008
  • The second trial of six men accused of plotting attacks on Chicago's Sears Tower and FBI offices ended with a second hung jury Wednesday, an embarrassing blow to a case the Bush administration had cited as an example of nipping a devastating terrorist attack in the bud.
  • U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard declared a mistrial when jurors reported they were deadlocked after 13 days of deliberations in the case of the so-called "Liberty City Seven."
  • The case was built on hundreds of FBI audio and video recordings and the testimony of two paid FBI informants, one of whom posed as an al-Qaida operative sent from overseas to help the group put together its plan. One key video recording showed the informant, known to the group as Brother Mohammed, having the men make an oath of allegiance to al-Qaida.
  • It's rare for federal prosecutors to lose at all, with a conviction rate of over 90 percent across the country. It's rarer still for a case to endure two mistrials and go to trial a third time.



Attorney Ana Jhones. It's rare for federal prosecutors to lose at all, with a conviction rate of over 90 percent across the country. It's rarer still for a case to endure two mistrials and go to trial a third time.

Batiste's Lawyer Ana M. Jhones Accuses Bush Administration of Overzealousness for Convictions in Post-9/11
  • Ana M. Jhones told jurors the group was set up by the FBI informants and the case was pursued only because of the Bush administration's zeal to make high-profile terrorism arrests in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
  • "This is about justifying the unjustifiable," Jhones said in closing arguments.
  • The case was built on hundreds of FBI audio and video recordings and the testimony of two paid FBI informants, one of whom posed as an al-Qaida operative sent from overseas to help the group put together its plan. One key video recording showed the informant, known to the group as Brother Mohammed, having the men make an oath of allegiance to al-Qaida.
  • It's rare for federal prosecutors to lose at all, with a conviction rate of over 90 percent across the country. It's rarer still for a case to endure two mistrials and go to trial a third time.