Are Black Men America’s new Boogeymen? After 7 arrested in Miami?

FBI officer on the street in Liberty City, Miami

The streets of Liberty City were busy with FBI agents and vehicles

The US authorities have charged seven suspected militants in connection with an alleged plot to destroy the country’s tallest building.

They were planning to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower, the FBI says. It adds that the seven had sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda, but had no contacts with it.

They were arrested at a warehouse in Miami, during an undercover operation.

The group – infiltrated by an agent posing as an al-Qaeda member – includes two foreigners and five US citizens.

US Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales said the group of “home-grown terrorists” were inspired by “a violent jihadist message”.

“They were persons who for whatever reason came to view their home country as the enemy,” he told reporters.


According to a federal indictment, the men were conspiring to “levy war against the United States”.

They have been charged with conspiring to blow up both the Sears Tower and the FBI building in North Miami Beach.

The indictment names Narseal Batiste, who allegedly asked an undercover agent he thought was from al-Qaeda for help to build an “army to wage jihad”, the indictment said.

He is said to have told the agent he and his “soldiers” wanted al-Qaeda training and planning for a “full ground war” against the US in order to “kill all the devils we can”.

The Blog Mirror On America says: Will Black men now become the new “Boogeymen” in the War On Terrorism, and a focus of much more attention from authorities? Of course Black men, to a great extent, are already the focus of a lot of police attention. However, does this create the possibility of even more targeting of Black men, and more discrimination from the wider American society? I say this is a possibility and should be watched for. Time will tell.


2 Responses to Are Black Men America’s new Boogeymen? After 7 arrested in Miami?

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  2. Al-Hakim says:

    Honestly, I’m not sure if African-Americans are a believable threat. Exactly what would they be fighting for? When your children are being blown up because of air strikes or your wives being taunted and molested in the streets of your own neighborhood it gives you a reason. Exactly what reason do African-Americans have?

    As far as I can see you have countless African Americans earning decent wages and sufficient housing, running water, electricity, not to mention all of the frivolity and squander that has been adopted by the culture.

    They have obviously lost touch with their once illuminous past. So what exactly would they be fighting for?

    No… I don’t think they are a threat nor will they be perceived as a threat, just a nuisance as America has perceived and portrayed them for many years.


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