An FBI informant posed as an emissary from al Qaeda and administered oaths of allegiance to the seven Miami men charged today with providing material support to al Qaeda.
An outline of the indictments to be announced later today indicates the men began meeting with an unnamed FBI informant in November 2005. Justice Department officials say the informant provided boots and a video camera so the men could obtain surveillance pictures of government buildings in Miami.
The apparent leader of the group is identified as Narseal Batiste, also known as Brother Naz and Prince Manna.
Officials say Batiste discussed the idea of destroying the Sears Tower in Chicago during a Dec. 22, 2005, meeting with the FBI informant in a hotel room.
Officials say Batiste later told the informant, "He wanted to wage a full ground war against the Untied States" in order "to kill all the devils we can" in a mission that would "be just as good or greater than 9/11" beginning with the destruction of the Sears Tower.
Other defendants named in the 11-page, four-count indictment include:
Patrick Abraham, aka Brother Pat
Stanley Grant Phanor, aka Brother Sunni
Naudimar Herrera, aka Brother Naudy
Burson Augustin, aka Brother B
Lygelenson Lemorin, aka Brother Levi
Rothschild Augustine, aka Brother Rot
Officials say the men also wanted $50,000 in cash but that no weapons were ever provided to the men.