*In 2009, when Oprah Winfrey was still hosting her daytime talk show out of Chicago’s Harpo Studios, a small group of terrorists were set to bomb the building, but were caught before they could bring a U-Haul van packed with explosives to the Windy City, according to Judicial Watch.
The watchdog group, quoting “law enforcement and other sources,” said the militants resented Winfrey’s “popularity and power,” reports Page Six. The group was also plotting to strike Chicago’s Sears Tower, which, at the time, was the nation’s tallest building.
The tower was selected because of its “obvious landmark status,” the report said.
Judicial Watch identified two of the alleged bombers as friends from El Paso, one an illegal immigrant being held in an El Paso jail. The other is behind bars in Cook County jail, on charges of making a false car bomb threat after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago with an ISIS flag waving from his car on Aug. 28, 2014. There were at least three other co-conspirators.
The plots were never made public, Judicial Watch said.
Two subsequent bomb plots in Chicago, President Obama’s hometown, were foiled by FBI agents posing as terrorist co-conspirators, including one targeting Wrigley Field in 2010.
Winfrey filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.