(Toledo, OH) Only sketchy information is available at the moment, but it appears that the main informant in the Toledo terror cases is missing.
UPI is reporting that the 39-year old man is identified as "Bilal" and described him as "being built along the lines of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis - 5 feet, 11 inches and 255 pounds."
The government alleged that one man, Mohammad Zaki Amawi, twice threatened to kill or inflict bodily harm against President Bush while speaking with others in a plot that began in November 2004.
Amawi is a citizen of Jordan and the United States. The other men indicted in the plot are Marwan Othman El-Hindi, a US citizen born in Jordan; and Wassim I. Mazloum, who came to the US from Lebanon in 2000.
"The Trainer," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, also connected two of the suspects to the KindHearts charity, whose offices were searched and bank accounts frozen the same day that the terror suspects were arrested.
Kevin Milliken and WNWO interviewed the president of Mosque Saad, where "The Trainer" worshipped. Viad Abuhummuis said that he was "surprised and disappointed that jouralists are removing that cover and revealing his name."
When asked if the government purposely put "The Trainer" in hiding, he said "If I was in the government's place, I would do that."
Chicago's ABC-7 reported that "Bilal" is an insider who helped federal agents infiltrate the alleged terror ring, and that he was a "highly trained former member of the US Army's Special Forces." The station is also reporting that the informant is in protective custody.
Thanks to Mark Adams for passing along this breaking news.