An FBI informant who posed as an al-Qaida operative testified Thursday that the alleged ringleader of a budding terrorism cell provided a detailed list of gear the group wanted, including machine guns, bulletproof vests, sport utility vehicles, motorcycles and $50,000 in cash.
Elie Assad — known as Mohammed to the group — also said Narseal Batiste sought dynamite to destroy the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago and ignite a wider anti-government insurrection led by his own troops.
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