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Miami Fake "al-Qaeda" trial ends in Mistrial

This AP report appears in the Boston Globe:

By Curt Anderson - Associated Press / December 14, 2007

Judge declares mistrial in Fla. terrorism case
Government plans to retry suspects in Jan.

In a stinging defeat for the Bush administration, one of seven Miami men accused of plotting to join forces with Al Qaeda to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower was acquitted yesterday, and the case against the rest ended in a hung jury...

The group never actually made contact with Al Qaeda. Instead, a paid FBI informant known as Brother Mohammed posed as an Al Qaeda emissary.

The defense portrayed the seven men as hapless figures who were either manipulated and entrapped by the FBI or went along with the plot to con "Mohammed" out of $50,000.

The group never actually made contact with Al Qaeda and never acquired any weapons or explosives.