These individuals charged today are self-proclaimed anarchists who traveled together from Florida to the Chicago area,” said Cook County State’s Anita Alvarez. “Their intent was to commit terrorist acts of violence and destruction during the NATO Conference.”
Specifically, Alvarez said the group planned to attack police cars and four Chicago Police stations with “destructive devices.” The attacks on police were intended to be a diversionary tactic to undermine the police response to other attacks, Alvarez said.
“Some of the proposed targets included the campaign headquarters of President Barack Obama, the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and certain downtown financial institutions,” Alvarez said.
The group also allegedly was conducting surveillance on Chicago Police Headquarters.
“They also employed police counter-measures such as manufacturing a shield with protruding nails, and police also seized an assault mask, gas mask equipment, and other gear to help hide their identity during their operations,” Alvarez said. “At one point in the investigation, defendant Church stated that he also wanted to buy several assault rifles, and indicated that if a police officer was going to point a gun at him, then he would be pointing one back at a police officer.”
The defendants also produced Molotov cocktails out of old beer bottles filled with gasoline and capped with cut bandannas as fuses, Alvarez said.
“As they prepared and plotted how they would use the Molotov cocktails, defendant church at one point asked his co-defendants if he had ever seen a ‘cop on fire,’ as he discussed throwing a Molotov cocktail into the 9th District Chicago Police station,” Alvarez said.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, one suspect said, “The city doesn’t know what it is in for”.
On Wednesday, members of the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Division raided a Bridgeport apartment at 1013 W. 32nd Street where the protesters were staying, seizing four Molotov cocktails and arresting nine people.
They executed a “no knock” search warrant that allows officers in extraordinary circumstances to enter a home without first announcing their office, authorities said.
The officers seized a mortar gun, swords, a crossbow, a throwing star, ninja knives, knives with brass-knuckle handles and written plans for the assembly of pipe bombs, prosecutors said.
The alleged anarchists planned to use torn bandanas jammed into gasoline-filled beer bottle bombs as fuses, prosecutors said.
They allegedly planned to attack four police stations with the Molotov cocktails in hopes of slowing down the police response to the higher-profile attacks.
NATO terrorist suspects’ background includes Occupy, arrests, talk of revolution and post by one that cops should be executed
Early this morning, police in Chicago announced the arrest of Brian Church, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Brent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Massachusetts, and Jared Chase, of Keene, New Hampshire. The three were arrested two days ago when police raided a Chicago apartment where Occupiers were staying to protest the NATO summit. The three were charged stemming from allegations that they tried to make Molotov cocktails for the NATO summit.
Chicago police announced that the men are charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device, and providing material support. There is a bond hearing for the men today.
Jared Chase’s Facebook reveals that he has spent the past several months at multiple Occupy protests including Rhode Island, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Boston. He was previously arrested as part of Occupy Miami and protesting at the White House. He lists his “political views” as “constitutional revolutionary”, is “inspired by” revolutionaries, “books” include Mao and the Art of War.
He posts against perceived “authoritarian control” and states he would “rather die for a cause than live a life that is worthless”. When Anonymous targeted Oakland officials in revenge for what they perceived as bad treatment of Occupiers in Oakland and released personal information on the internet on the officials, Chase’s comment was “Eat it dirty pigs!” He notes his arrests at Occupy Miami and in D.C.. One of his Facebook friends asks him what is the purpose of Occupy, to which he responds, “Revolution, disent”[sic].
The two most striking comments include a threat against the Miami police:
Miami has the most crooked cops in the country. We should execute them before they do something well regret.
and an allegation against Democratic involvement in an Occupy protest against Mitt Romney:
Today’s #OccupyMiami protest against Mitt Romney was organized and funded by Democratitic Observors inflitratiing Occupy.
Jared Chase was Facebook friends with Brent Betterly, one of the other suspects.
the secret service shut down pennsylvania ave. lol guess obama was home. hopefully we made an impression. just got away with a 100 dollar fine which i have to figure out how to pay
“i sincerely wish everyone in OFTL good luck but i just dont believe we should ever compromise. they may be able to bend and twist laws to suit their needs but we ALWAYS have the moral high ground. these corporations have manipulated the political process and used it to keep us underfoot for so long. THEY work around the clock to figure out ways to pillage and plunder and beat the average American down. and now we have to fight to put up a fucking tent and and protest?? We as citizens have to stand against being pushed around at some point or we will never break free from oppression. THEY never compromise and niether should we.”
Chase was convicted of theft in Dade County Florida in January. Chicago Sun Times has also reported that on one music site, a blogger identified as Jared Chase of Keene, N.H., tells a rapper: “I hope you got kids or a wife so I can cut there[sic] throat while they sleeping, and then rape them after there dead.”
One of the self described anarchists arrested last week for attempting to blow up a local bridge signed the lease for a West Side warehouse where about a dozen members of the Occupy Cleveland group live. Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, has a criminal record dating back to 2000. He was one of five men arrested by the FBI and charged with setting fake explosive charges under the Ohio 82 bridge between Sagamore Hills Township and Brecksville Monday night. The FBI said Hayne helped paln the attempt, bringing two black boxes suspects thought contained bombs.
According to Cleveland.com:
In a one-hour recording of a Friday evening general assembly meeting of the group posted on its website, occupy leaders expressed concern about Hayne’s name being on the lease, which strengthens his link to the group.
“We have a person facing terrorism charges on the lease of our warehouse,” said one of the leaders. “If this gets into the media, it would be a disaster.”
During the general assembly meeting, one leader asked the group, “Is it just me? Aren’t you uncomfortable living in a warehouse where a guy has been arrested for terrorism? I don’t want to live in a place and have the FBI show up.”
Another member said the group was having problems with neighbors near the warehouse, strengthening the argument to move.
At the meeting, the leaders ousted a man from the movement who is known only as “Crazy Larry” because he assaulted another member the night before.
“He thought the member had some information about the bombing,” Zitt said. “He threatened and hit him. We threw him out, and as he left the building he smashed a window and sliced bike tires. He’s not the kind of person we want involved with our group.”
Zitt said Saturday that Crazy Larry was upset about the bombing.
Zitt stressed the Occupy Cleveland movement is dedicated to non-violence. He said if they had known Hayne and the other four men were considering terrorism, they would have thrown them out.
“These people participated in aspects of the movement, but once we discovered what was going on we decided they could not be part of it,” Zitt said. “I wish we had learned earlier.”
At the time of his arrest, Hayne was wanted by Cuyahoga County for violating his probation. In January, Hayne pleaded guilty to theft and breaking and entering a Lakewood restaurant and stealing $2,000. He was placed on probation for 18 months. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest in April.
He served a year in prison starting in 2007 for beating his wife.
Here is the GA meeting video, courtesy Lefty Report, where they discuss Hayne:
Via The Jawa Report is this morning’s comedy gold.
Meet Tarek Maaroufi, a member of the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria who served three years for terror involvement in Belgium. He is a serious terrorist. But as Jawa notes, we’re not really sure what the heck he is doing here. But whatever it is, it must be cool. Because he posted it to Facebook.
See if you can figure out what he is doing here
Apparently Tarek’s website had a small problem and went off line courtesy of anti Jihadist hacker th3j35t3r.
Moral of the story? If you’re a terrorist, don’t post things that make people giggle on Facebook.
Didn’t anyone ever ask about this? The review was published on Dec. 21, 1997 . In the book itself, Ayers refers to Barack Obama (and Louis Farrakhan) as a neighbor. Why is Obama offering a review on former Weather Underground Bill Ayers’ book? Hmm…
More covered by Zombietime in 2008: http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=64