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Friday, September 23, 2005
  The Fifth Column
FBI: Terror suspects targeted SoCal sites for shooting rampage: "FBI Director Robert Mueller, appearing in Los Angeles, praised police agencies that uncovered an alleged terrorism plot in July while investigating a string of gas station robberies.

'Terrorist threats against the city and county of Los Angeles ... were prevented,' Mueller said Thursday.

Three men charged in a terror investigation were planning shooting rampages at Los Angeles-area military sites to retaliate for what they called the oppression of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to court documents.

Levar Haley Washington, 25; Gregory Vernon Patterson, 21; and Hammad Riaz Samana, 21, were indicted last month on federal charges of conspiring to wage war against the U.S. government through terrorism. All three pleaded not guilty.

According to an FBI affidavit unsealed Sept. 12, Washington told authorities he was the leader of a 'council' of Muslims who planned to carry out operations in Southern California as part of a jihad against the United States.

The suspects allegedly targeted military recruitment centers in Southern California, estimating that 10 attacks could kill as many as 40 people, the affidavit said.

Samana told investigators the three men planned to storm a facility with firearms in September or October, then flee in a vehicle, the affidavit said."
 
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