BUNKIE, Louisiana – The father of a man accused in a terrorism plot to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower said on Saturday he was at a loss to explain how his son was suspected of leading such a group.
“He’s not in his right mind, I’ll tell you that,” Narcisse Batiste, 72, said in an interview at his home here in central Louisiana.
His 32-year-old son, Narseal, and six other men were arrested Thursday in a Miami warehouse. Federal authorities said they had no explosives and lacked adequate funding, with their only link to al-Qaida being an FBI informant fronting as a member of the terrorist group….
Narseal Batiste was accused of being the group’s ringleader, telling the informant that he and his soldiers wanted to attend al-Qaida training and planned a “full ground war” against the United States to “kill all the devils we can,” according to an indictment….
Batiste, a Christian preacher at a nondenominational church, said his son also developed an interest in Islam after studying the Bible for years. The pastor said his son was determined to study the Quran despite his urging to remain with Christianity.
“I didn’t agree with it but he was a man by then and I didn’t think I could argue with him about it,” Batiste said….