Trial Nears in Sears Tower Terror Case

Case looks at the issue of whether discussions cross the line between idle talk and real plots


"If I can put up a building then I should definitely know how to take one down," Batiste said, according to an FBI transcript.

After his June 2006 arrest, Batiste told the FBI he was never serious and was only stringing Mohammed along in hopes of extorting money from him.

Members of the group also took reconnaissance photos in March 2006 of the FBI's office in Miami and other local federal buildings at Mohammed's request.

(AP Online -- 09/17/07)