Thursday, July 06, 2006

selling the Seas of David

From Paul Kiel at TPMmuckraker:
Yesterday was the bond hearing for the Seas of David cult, the seven "homegrown terrorists" whose arrest two weeks ago was a shining example of anti-terrorism efforts, according to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
But more details about the case came out during the hearing. And the more we learn, the less this crew looks like they could have toppled a tree house, let alone the Sears Tower.

That's not to say that they didn't talk up their destructive ambitions. One of them even "made reference to taking over the world," according to the FBI agent on the case.

That said, the group never got their hands on any real weapons. In fact, they apparently trained by shooting paintball guns in the woods. During their raid of the group's Temple, a windowless warehouse, FBI agents found only one knife and a blackjack.

How did the group show up on the FBI's radar? It's unclear, but from the Miami Herald's reporting of the hearing, it sounds like the group's leader, Narseal Batiste, went down to his local 7-11 to "obtain financial and military support." I'm not kidding.

I'd be very interested to hear how they planned to take down the Sears Tower with paintballs and a blackjack, much less their nefarious schemes TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!

It looks like the Bush Administration is tired of the "blame game," so they've latched onto a new game. Charades, anyone?

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