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A10 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS NATIONAL SUNDAY, JUNE 25,2006 'Homegrown terrorists' FBI: WOULD-BE TERRORISTS SOUGHT HELP FROM AL-QAIDA IN PLOT TO BLOW UP SEARS TOWER By CURT ANDERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — Seven men accused of trying to blow up the "Sears Tower with help from al-Qaida never actually made contact with the terrorist network and were instead caught in an FBI sting involving an informant who posed as an al-Qaida operative, authorities said Friday Federal prosecutors said the men - who operated out of a warehouse in Miami's blighted Liberty City section — took an oath to al-Qaida and plotted to create an "Islamic Army" bent on violence against the United States. Five of those arrested are U.S. citizens. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stressed that there was no immediate threat in either Chicago or Miami because the group did not have the explosives or oth' : er materials it was seeking. "This group was more aspira- tional than operational," said FBI Deputy Director John Pistole. Nevertheless, Gonzales said Thursday's arrests underscored the danger of "homegrown terrorists" who "view their home country as the enemy." Those arrested ranged in age from 22 to 32 and included a legal immigrant from Haiti and a Haitian who was in this country illegally Investigators said all members of the alleged plot were in custody on conspiracy charges. "We are confident that we have identified every individual who had the intent of posing a threat to the United States," said R. Alexander Acosta, U.S. attorney in Miami. Five of the defendants, including alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste, appeared Friday in federal court in Miami under heavy security. They were brought in and out in single file, chained together at the wrists and wearing ankle chains. "It's an example of the philosophy of prevention. These arrests were made during the talking stage, long before any bomb-making stage," said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Florida. "While they may be seen as ALAN DIAZ / Associated Press A view of the inside of the Miami warehouse where the men who were arrested Thursday night allegedly plotted to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower. years probation. Prosecutors said Batiste began recruiting and training the others in November. The FBI learned of the plot, from someone the defendants tried to recruit, authorities said. The FBI then arranged for an informant of Arabic descent to pass himself off as an al-Qaida operative. Batiste met several times in December with the informant and asked for several things, including $50,000 to help him build an "Islamic Army," the indictment said. In February, Batiste told the informant that he and his five soldiers wanted to attend al-Qaida training and planned a "full ground war" against the United States in order to "kill all the devils we can," according to the indictment. His mission would "be just as good or greater than 9/11," it said. Prosecutors said the men plotted to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings such as the FBI offices in North Miami Beach. In addition to Batiste and Phanor, the defendants were identified as Patrick Abraham, or "Brother Pat"; Naudirnar Herrera or "Brother Naudy"; Lemorin, also known as "Brother Levi" or Brother Levi-El"; Burson Augustin, also known as "Brother B"; and Rotschild Augustine, or "Brother Rot." Joseph Phanor, the father of defendant Stanley Grant Phanor, said he did not believe "anything they say about" his son. "This boy, he's not a violent boy. He never got into trouble. He didn't want to kill people," the elder Phanor said. 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Firefighters have created a good firebreak using a highway and deliberately set fires to clear away vegetation in part of Oak Creek Canyon, where roughly 430 homes and 30 businesses have been evacuated since June 18, said incident commander Paul Broyles. Officials said the fire was 20 percent contained Friday. "It's still not a done deal," Broyles told about 100 people at a community meeting. "I'm not going to guarantee we've completely turned the corner just yet." Broyles said residents might be allowed to return to their homes in two to four days. They're being kept out partly because embers still could start fires in the canyon. No homes have burned. "I feel a lot better now about the safety of our house," evacuee Sarah Peterson said at the meeting. The fire began a week ago as a transient's campfire and quickly spread to steep, rugged terrain above the canyon, a lush area dotted with homes and resorts. Sedona is about 90 miles north of Phoenix. Elsewhere in the West, a 13,100- acre wildfire in southern Colorado was 35 percent contained. Residents of about 70 homes in one rural subdivision were allowed back to their homes about 7 a.m., but at least 230 other homes were awaiting word from sheriff's deputies on when it would be safe for them to return. A 1,530-acre wildfire in western Colorado started by a car wreck Tuesday was 25 percent contained. The fire was burning in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, about 225 miles southwest of Denver near the Utah border. Schwarzenegger rejects request for more troops SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week rejected a request from the Bush administration to send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, the governor's office confirmed Friday. The National Guard Bureau, an arm of the Pentagon, asked for the troops to help with the border-patrol mission in New Mexico and Arizona, but request would stretch the California Guard too thin in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn confirmed the governor's decision Friday after two California National Guard officials revealed it to The Associated Press. Mendelsohn said the governor believed sending more troops would create an inappropriate burden on the state and disrupt the guard's training schedule. The overall deployment for the border mission will remain at 6,000 soldiers. ' White House spokesman Blain K. Rethmeier said the administration remained committed to expanding the border patrol. On June 1, Schwarzenegger agreed to send the California National Guard to the Mexican border to help the federal government's effort to curb illegal immigration. That ended a 17-day standoff with the Bush administration over whether the state would join the border patrol effort and who would pay for it. California has committed to putting 1,000 troops on the border by July 31 and has 250 there already. Martin Luther King Jr, papers auction called off ATLANTA (AP) — A collection of Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers, manuscripts and books that was set for auction next week will instead be given to his alma mater, officials said. A group of Atlanta businesses, individuals and philanthropic leaders bought the lot of more than 10,000 items from the King family for an undisclosed amount, Morehouse College President Walter Massey said Friday. The civil rights leader's handwritten documents and books were expected to sell for $15 million to $30 million at Sotheby's auction house in New York on Friday. Massey said the Atlanta coalition offered more than that. He said the historically black college near downtown Atlanta would acquire the collection, which historians have called one of the greatest American archives of the 20th century in private hands. "It really didn't belong anywhere else," said Andrew Young, a lieutenant of King's during the civil rights movement, who became overcome with emotion when discussing the deal Friday night. The papers span from 1946 to 1968, the year King was assassinated. They include 7,000 handwritten items, including his early Alabama sermons, a draft of his "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered Aug. 28,1963, at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and his acceptance address when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Atlanta is King's birthplace and where his wife, Coretta Scott King, raised their four children after his death. It also is where she founded the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and where . King and his wife are entombed. 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