Three Chicago NATO Summit Activists Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, Providing Material Support for Terrorism

Robert (left) and Daniel (right), the two activists released Friday night (Photo by Steve Horn)

Two more antiwar activists, in from out of town to protest the NATO Summit, were released from a police station on the south side of Chicago late tonight at roughly 10:00 PM, making it a grand total of six activists released so far, of the nine detained without charge by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on Wednesday, previously covered on Antiwar.com.

The other three remaining weren’t so lucky. They’ve been charged with, as Occupy Chicago has reported on its Twitter feed,  “possession of incendiary or explosive device, conspiracy to commit terrorism & providing material support for terrorism.” “Material support” of terrorism, under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 signed by President Barack Obama, is a crime that could call for indefinite detention without a trial, begging the question: are these legitimate political prisoners?

One Occupy activist noted, “It’s NDAA in full effect. We are doomed.”

“The National Lawyers Guild deplores the charges against Occupy activists in the strongest degree,” said Sarah Gelsomino with the NLG and the People’s Law Office. “It’s outrageous for the city to apply terrorism charges when it’s the police who have been terrorizing activists and threatening their right to protest.”

There will be a bond hearing at noon today. The three activists names, according to the NLG, are Bryan Church, Jarred Chase, Brent Betterly.

The lame excuse for arrest and “terrorism” charges and the subsequent police raid to begin with?

The activists were making “molotov cocktails” to use in their protests, or so reported the sycophantic local press in Chicago. As Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake explained in a previously written blog post well worth reading, “Local news reported a ‘police source’ had recovered ‘Molotov cocktails.’ There is no evidence of the existence or production of Molotov cocktails. The police did confiscate a home brew-making kit.”

The names of the two released last night are Daniel Murphy, 25 years old, and Bobby LaMoore (sp?), both in Chicago from out of town in New York City.
LaMoore is a special case: rather than being arrested without charge at the police-targeted Occupy Chicago activist house, he was arrested without charge at a CVS while buying beer, having only been in Chicago for 45 minutes before his arrest. He told Antiwar.com that he was rounded up by police immediately after walking out of the store, this all coming in the aftermath of a 28-hour drive from the east coast, saying he hitch-hiked to be a part of the protests and do it on the cheap.

“I haven’t stayed anywhere except for in the custody of Chicago’s finest,” he said after his release.

The “gang of nine” were (or still are, in the case of three being charged with “terrorism” charges) held in solitary confinement, with their two feet shackled and one arm cuffed to the bench in the cell, according to the activists.

Murphy said the police “Refused to tell us what charges were for our entire 20 hours spent there,” in an interview with Antiwar.com.

As is obvious from a quick glance on YouTube, Murphy is not shy about expressing his grievances with the police, in the case of this particular video, titled, “Daniel Murphy’s 3 minute rant to line of NYPD @ Union Square #OWS,” the New York Police Department (NYPD). Translation: he was likely an easy, visible target for the CPD or the FBI or whoever was responsible for targeting these activists.

The activists also said the police were taunting, name-calling (“terrorists”), and were, generally speaking, rude and verbally abusive in all ways to the activists.

Gosztola describes the horrifying arrest scene well, writing,

They came in with guns pointed at the activists’ faces and were screaming so we couldn’t really understand what they were saying. The activists froze and waited for them to give commands.

Police ransacked the home, throwing property. A watermelon and printer was thrown. They were dumping clothing and material out of bags. One of the arrested activists says police ‘destroyed everything.’

Remember, this all comes on the prelude of the NATO Summit — the Summit and the big days of activism on the streets of downtown Chicago are yet to come. It should be an ugly weekend, to say the least.

Stay tuned for a follow-up report after the bond hearing.

Update: These pictures up on the blog Shortwave America, in a post titled, “Chicago NATO Command and Communications Operations Update,”  are a must-see. Chicago has been transformed into a war zone.

  • jrs

    Yea becoming a full on police state. I only say "becoming" because things can always get worse.
    Thanks for covering this anti-war.com!

    I don't think NDAA can apply to these protestors now as it has been temporary halted by judge Forrest is my understanding. Of course there is no end to what can be done completely lawlessly I suppose.

    • This bridge is truly a hymn to stone and steel. I remember that was a real crowd on the walkway, awesome you guys made it.

  • musings

    "The whole world is watching."

  • MoT

    If having a "home-brew" kit results in cops kicking in your door then nobodys BEER is safe! Who said prohibition was repealed?

    On a more serious note. Here we have police state actions being done and where is the poodle press? Yeah. That's right. Busy being the typical stenographers they usually are. Actually having to do some work and search out the facts would be, like Barbie says, "hard".

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  • Caleb Frye

    This really makes me want to come back o America and jon in on the protests. I felt like going to Afghanistan would be the best way to show my support for a country I love, but it seems that the constitution is being defaced at home more so than by a third world who just wants help securing a stable gov, and a police force less corrupted. IDK, if any protestors read this keep your head up guys/gals. Stick to your guns and don't be scared off by illegal and immoral police actions. Thank you for your service protestors. Just remember, the actions of others should never make you compromise your own ethics. If they really did have molatovs (I don't think they did either) then, they would be guilty of said charges. Don't use this as fuel to cause choas and riots.

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  • Macroman

    Steve, you say "begging the question" above, and I suspect you mean "raising the question."

  • W_ThePoster

    Mayor Daley, Sr., we salute you. I had begun to suspect that President Obama was the secret weapon of the northern conservative democratic party (Humphrey, '68) but I forget that the Chicago machine operates out of…Chicago!

  • Ima Spittonu

    To those of you who voted in the current regime, thanks a lot, assholes!

  • paulBass

    so how long were these guys living in nyc and unable to find any target?

  • richard vajs

    Whenever you attack the Establishment weilding the power within a government, you will be viewed as attacking the government itself, and treated as such. America is declining and those living at the top, will very gladly change the nature of our government to maintain their advantage. The important thing to them is to stay on top – the Constitution be damned. Everything else is fairy tale bullshit.

  • Jason

    I'm here in Chicago, and the police haven't been terrorizing anybody. Nobody is stopping the protestors out there. It's been pretty peaceful so far. Hopefully it stays that way.

    • John_Muhammad

      Clearly you haven't bought a home beer-making kit lately.

  • Ken

    “It’s NDAA in full effect. We are doomed.”

    Indeed. In the eyes of our government masters we are all terrorists now.

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