Friday, June 23, 2006

miami and the seas of david

When I first heard the story of the "terrorists" who were recently arrested in Miami and were talking about blowing up the Sears Tower, I was struck by how similar some of the details were to Sleeper Cell. The cell lived in some kind of warehouse. They were planning a spectacular public attack. They were a mix of immigrants and non-immigrants. And apparently the FBI did some kind of undercover work in apprehending them... in this case, by claiming to be a representative of Al-Qaedah.

But there the similarities pretty much end.

First of all, the group doesn't seem to be Muslim in any sense (But "lucky" for me, they are mostly Afro-Caribbean... Haitian and Bahamian). The group is called the Seas of David and they have a "militant" vibe but are more Bible-based. Perhaps they just hinted at being Muslim so that the FBI-agent who was pretending to be from Al-Qaedah would be more willing to work with them? I don't know.

Some of the members of the group are also described as "teenagers" or "young adults" and no weapons or bomb-making materials were found by the FBI which makes me wonder how seriously we should take the whole thing. I'm not saying that no wrong-doing occurred. The group had apparently gone as far as shooting (photographs of) various targets in the Miami area. But they were never actually in touch with Al-Qaedah. I seriously pray that the judge, jury, etc. looks at the situation with wisdom. By all means, punish them as appropriate. But I hope the government isn't ruining the lives of a group of harmless poor black teenagers (if that's what they are) just so that the FBI can look good.

It will be interesting to see how the story develops. Will American society treat "Christian" terrorists differently from "Muslim" terrorists? And in any case, when is the last time that white Christian militants got on the FBI's bad side?

Grenada's past:
eric robert rudolph
iraq and al qaeda, america and the kkk


Hakim Abdullah said...

There is so much news on Arabs, Persians, Muslims and Terrorism... it is starting to make me feel like this is all part of a Great "Cosmic" joke and the punchline is just around the corner.

Subhana Allah!

arafat said...

It would be a such great shame if any Muslims actually ever wanted to blow up Sears Tower, considering it was designed by one of the greatest Muslim structural engineers ever (Fazlur Rahman Khan).

Anonymous said...

Conspiring to commit terrorist acts is a crime, you don't have to actually do it, but just planning to is a serious crime. These guys look like amateur wannabe's.