Uniforms and shoes were

June 23, 2006 11:12 pm

Uniforms and shoes were the least of it.

It seems the new terrorist cell rolled up near Miami was in such preliminary stages of launching their jihad that they hadn’t yet set aside time to become Muslims.

From the NYT: “Neighbors said at least some of the men were in a religious group called the Seas of David that appeared to mix Christian and Muslim beliefs. The group wore uniforms bearing a Star of David and met for Bible study, prayer and martial arts in a one-story warehouse in the heart of the predominantly Haitian section of the impoverished Liberty City area.”

From CNN: “The sister of Lyglenson Lemorin, or “Brother Levi,” one of the men arrested Thursday on charges of concocting a terrorist plot, said her brother was involved with the group of men to study religion. Gina Lemorin, who had just returned from her college graduation in Atlanta, Georgia, when she learned of the charges, said he had been with the group in Miami doing construction work. But when the group began practicing “witchcraft,” she said, Lemorin left and moved to Atlanta about four months ago …The family of Phanor, who according to the indictment calls himself “Brother Sunni,” told reporters in Miami he was innocent of all charges and was a practicing Roman Catholic, not a Muslim. “They all call themselves brothers and they well-mannered,” said his older sister, Marlene Phanor. “All they was trying to do was clean up the community. We are Catholic. He’s Catholic.” She said the family attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Miami. Sylvain Plantin, a cousin of Phanor’s, said he was involved in a religious group called “Mores,” which met to read the Bible.”

From KR: “The group apparently did little to inspire fear in the Liberty City neighborhood where they took up residence. A close family friend and a distance cousin of Stanley Grant Phanor described the leader of the group, Narseal Batiste, as a “Moses-like figure” who would roam the streets in a cape or bathrobe, toting a crooked wooden cane and looking for young men to join his group. Sylvain Plantin, 30, said Batiste was a martial arts expert who preached an obscure religion.”

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