posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 10:53 AM
Cook County prosecutors' first-ever terrorism case collapsed Friday when jurors instead found three men who built Molotov cocktails in the days
before the 2012 NATO summit guilty of mob action charges and explosives counts that could carry hefty prison sentences.
Prosecutors alleged that the so-called NATO 3 had plotted attacks on police stations, President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters and Mayor Rahm
Emanuel's home. But defense attorneys, bolstered by undercover police recordings that prosecutors played in court, argued that the three were
“goofs” who talked big and were goaded on by two undercover police officers.
This case has probably slipped a lot of people's minds by now, especially with the palpable hatred many here had/have toward protesters in general
but especially ones tied to Occupy or any Leftist group. This case however is one you should put your judgements aside on because it affects all
Americans but most especially any who wish to protest anything. This case is about fear mongering, the police state and the surveillance state.
Back in May 2012, the NATO Summit was held in Chicago, Ill. Massive protests were planned and carried out, largely without incident barring one
especially brutal crackdown by riot geared police following a demonstration by war veterans throwing their medals toward one of the buildings that
meetings were taking place in. The most major incident however, involved the arrest of 9 protesters, later reduced to 3 on charges of domestic
terrorism for the alleged planned use of Molotov Cocktails... before the summit or protests even began.
Two undercover Chicago police officers had infiltrated the group of 9 but focused mainly on the 3 that would later stand trial. News articles and
blogs relating recordings the two undercovers made suggest that these 3 were completely incompetent and talked big but didn't ever really do anything
toward their goals of violence, mostly were offhand comments prompted by the undercovers.
I think mostly this was an attempt by TPTB in Chicago to scare away protesters and activists considering the news broke the day before the summit was
to begin. The defendants were recorded naming targets such as an Obama re-election campaign office, a bank, Rahm Emanuel's house and police precincts
and they did purchase gasoline and poured it into beer bottles but I doubt they ever would have used them based on multiple articles I've read as
I've followed this case some of which I linked below.
So I'm slightly inclined to agree that the lesser charges (still severe) they were found guilty of was a justified verdict however the charges of
terrorism were completely assasanine and probably why this case was never picked up by federal prosecutors, it was completely ludicrous and really
just an attempt to smear anarchist activists on the whole as well as discourage people from protesting.