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Video shows terror suspect preparing weapons, prosecutors say

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The trial of a man accused of plotting a series of terrorist attacks resumed Friday, with prosecutors showing undercover video of what they say is the suspect preparing his weapons.

The chilling video shows Sami Osmakac and an undercover FBI agent going over guns, grenades and ammunition, and Osmakac trying on ammunition vests. He's seen holding the guns, practicing a stance, and learning how to load and reload.

Prosecutors says Osmakac planned to use the weapons to take hostages at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. He wanted to use the hostages, they said, to bargain for the freedom of Muslim prisoners around the world.

Jurors also saw video of Osmakac and an undercover agent loading up a car bomb. Under the cover of darkness, the pair can be seen transferring materials from a pickup truck to the car that would've been used in the attack.

The undercover video was taken from a blacked out room, in the upper floor of a building overlooking a parking lot. As the video ends, the undercover agent is seen driving away in the pickup.

A few seconds later, Osmakac is seen backing the car -- with the bomb inside -- out of its parking space. Prosecutors say he was headed to MacDinton's Irish Pub, where he wanted to detonate it on a busy Thursday night.

Jurors saw the bomb itself Thursday. A photograph of the bomb was also displayed in court as an agent described it to jurors:



It was built from two, five-gallon buckets. Sleeves on the outside were filled with nails, screws, and other metal projectiles, meant to kill and maim as many people as possible.

Off to the left: a cell phone for detonating the bomb, and a timer designed to give the person planting it 15 minutes of safety.

But the bomb -- although frighteningly real in appearance -- was also a dud. It was built and paid for by the U.S. Government and designed not to explode. Osmakac didn't know that. He was dealing with a confidential informant and undercover agent the entire time.

His attorney says Osmakac could never have afforded to pull off such an extreme plot. He says Osmakac couldn't afford a sandwich, much less the expensive guns and explosives shown in the videos. He says the plot only began to seem real when the government stepped in with the money to fund it, and the weapons to carry it out.


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