Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 27, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

On August 27, 2002, The Miami Herald reported that Florida "State officers started visiting mosques and schools on Tuesday to assess security and potential threats following the arrest of a doctor accused of plotting to blow up Islamic buildings... Gov. Jeb Bush announced the safety checks on Monday... Muslim leaders told Bush that many of their followers were afraid, and that they wanted to work with officials to ensure people are safe... 'We're here to provide a level of security,' Bush said. 'It is a duty of the state government and local government and federal government... to protect people's rights and to make sure they are not targeted because of their ethnicity, their nationality or their religion. Period'... About 200 mosques were to be visited, said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Tim Moore."