Feirstein, whose family owns Cal’s Bar and Liquors at 400 S. Wells, said there were about 20 people inside when the car bomb was allegedly supposed to go off.
Dozens more were in a neighboring bar. Both sit just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, only yards from the elevated CTA tracks.
Feirstein and his co-workers said they didn’t see Adel Daoud, the man federal authorities allege was the bomber intent on engaging in violent jihad.
But they saw enough Friday night to know Cal’s was the target.
Approximately 15 undercover agents wearing earpieces surrounded the bar around 8 p.m., said Chris Meadows, a Cal’s bartender.
They were surrounding a Jeep Cherokee parked outside. A tarp was draped over the back of the SUV, covering the tailgate area, he said.
When revealing charges against the 18-year-old Daoud of west suburban Hillside, federal authorities said he pressed a button that he thought would detonate a bomb-laden Jeep Cherokee outside a downtown bar in an alleged Islamicist plot. The bomb in the back was a fake, built by the FBI, however, prosecutors said....
According to the complaint, Daoud selected his target because alcohol was being served, which is against the Muslim religion, and because many people would be there. The target would be filled with “the evilest people . . . all the kuffars are there,” he allegedly wrote.
Feirstein, whose family has owned the venue for 47 years, laughed at that. “The evilest of the evil?” he said. “He’s maybe the most ignorant of the ignorant.”
No, this Muslim thug didn't watch an Internet movie and clearly, this thug hates America. The threats to Americans by Islamic terrorists is still real and we still need to keep our guard up.
Finally, was this Muslim thug part of any organized crime wave that was connected to the riots overseas? I guess we will see.
But at least the Imam at his Mosque has some common sense and tried to talk the thug out of crime: According to the criminal complaint, Daoud claimed he had recently clashed with his imam over his beliefs. His imam had “yelled” at him and told him to stop discussing violent jihad at the mosque, the complaint states. A second imam also tried to convince him violent jihad was wrong, the complaint states.
Good for those Imams.