A Potential Threat Seen in America's Backyard

[Los Angeles Times] Josh Meyer - At least two of those charged were alleged to be longtime associates of the Trinidad-based radical group Jamaat al Muslimeen. The FBI and CIA have closely monitored the group since at least 1990, when it tried to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago and replace it with one based on Islamic law. Since Sept. 11, U.S. officials also have become alarmed by the presence of other suspected extremists on the islands, including some from al-Qaeda. According to the charges, Defreitas boasted to an informant that he had been taught to make bombs in Guyana and had linked up with half a dozen "brothers" from Guyana and Trinidad who "wanted to do something bigger than the World Trade Center."

2007-06-04 01:00:00

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