Timoney Defends “Miami 7” Arrests In Terror Plot


Miami Police Chief John Timoney defended the arrest of the “Miami Seven” to a House homeland security committee yesterday, the Miami Herald reports. He told lawmakers that not all terrorists look like Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta. Timoney acknowledged there had been skepticism about the June arrest of the seven men in Miami’s Liberty City area. Some community groups were troubled that the men appeared to lack the means to conduct an attack — no weapons or bomb-making materials. ”I was skeptical, as was the FBI, but not once did [the suspects] back off,” Timoney said. “Suffice it to say there were enough overt acts that we had to take it seriously.”

Timoney’s remarks came after Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the arrests, to some observers, “hardly passed the smile test.” Timoney suggested the same questions might have been asked if police had arrested the men responsible for the July 2005 subway bombing in London before they carried it out. Timoney said progress has been made in local police working with the FBI. But he said it reamins unclear “who has the ultimate responsibility for intelligence gathering.”

Link: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/15578396.htm

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