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A Major Terror Plot Interrupted — or a "Setup"? | "In the Shadow of 9/11"

10 Aug 2021
Watch a clip from "In the Shadow of 9/11," a documentary from Dan Reed ('Leaving Neverland') examining the little-known case of the Liberty City Seven and the largest alleged Al Qaeda plot since 9/11.

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In 2006, in what was touted by the government as a major success in the post-9/11 “war on terror,” then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales took to the podium at a press conference to announce the arrest of an alleged seven-man homegrown terror cell that had pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda.

The group of Black men from the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami had been arrested “on charges of conspiring to support the Al Qaeda terrorist organization by planning attacks on numerous targets, including bombing the Sears Tower in Chicago,” Gonzales said. He quoted the men as saying they wished to carry out a “‘full ground war’” against the U.S., to “‘kill all the devils we can,’” and to make their attacks “‘just as good or greater than 9/11.’”

But the Liberty City Seven had no weapons and had never communicated with anyone from Al Qaeda. Lawyers for the men insist the plot was an FBI setup. The alleged “ringleader,” Narseal Batiste, said he only said what he did because he was desperate for cash, and he had no intention of following through.

Premiering on PBS and online Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, "In the Shadow of 9/11" sheds fresh light on the case of the Liberty City Seven, a little-known chapter in the government’s attempts to counter acts of terror following Sept. 11, 2001, the deadliest terror attack on the U.S. in the country’s history. The feature-length film explores the FBI’s shift to focusing on counterterrorism in the wake of 9/11 — including working with undercover informants to gain information about potential domestic threats — in an effort to prevent another tragedy on U.S. soil.

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