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Tuesday, July 23

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A few days on, and further details have emerged about the "plot" to explode the Sears Tower. Which is to say, despite the alarm of initial reports, it's become clear that there was barely a plot at all. The Independent on Sunday describes it as "little more than wishful thinking," but also points out it could be a harbinger of future US worries: "when home-grown terrorists, not foreign-born Islamic radicals, pose the threat." Indeed, alleged ringleader Prince Manna (born Narseal Batiste) is as home-grown as it gets -- he was born and raised in Chicago; his father declares him "definitely out of his mind."

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