Debbie Schlussel makes the case. Assuming her description of the show is correct, there are some curious parallels, beginning with the warehouse and the emphasis on martial arts.
Gonzales’s press conference is set for 10:30, but the indictment’s already been leaked to CNN:
A federal indictment against seven men revealed Friday details of what the government said was a plan intended to “kill all the devils we can.”
The mission was intended to be “as good or greater than 9/11” beginning with the destruction of Chicago’s Sears Tower, according to court documents obtained Friday by CNN.
The Miami Herald has details about the group:
According to Stanley’s sister, the group, which formed about a year ago, called itself the Seas of David. The 40 to 50 members consider themselves ”soldiers of God” and are against the war in Iraq. Like soldiers, they incorporate discipline into their daily lives: exercise, no drinking, no drugs and no meat.
Last year, Marlene Phanor said, her brother and other members of the group drove to Chicago…
”They said it was a karate school,” Benjamin Williams, 17, said of the warehouse. “They used to be out around 11 at night, practicing like they were in the military or something . . . push-ups, jumping jacks and jumping over chairs.”
Another neighbor said: “They would be gone all day and come back at night to the warehouse to sleep. They sold shampoo and hair grease on the street.”
Val Prieto‘s headed to the Miami Heat victory parade today, and notes that part of the route will run right by the suspects’ neighborhood. Makes you wonder if that wasn’t what spurred the feds to move on these guys when they did.
Stay tuned for Gonzales’s presser. Whatever else happens, this is shaping up to be quite a day for counterterrorism.
Update: Here’s a PDF of the indictment.
Update: The press conference is uneventful, but the FBI assistant director did smile and say that they have “good evidence” when asked by a reporter if the informant wore a wire.
Update: NRA Mark notes below how nearly every speaker at Gonzales’s presser and now the press conference by the U.S. Attorney in Florida is going out of his/her way to emphasize that the indictment isn’t an accusation against any particular “group or religion.”