Alexander Higgins Evidence points to FBI once again foiling their own terror plot, this time nabbing 3 Black Bloc activists planning to protest at the NATO summit in Chicago.
Law enforcement officials in Chicago admitted today they infiltrated and planted one of their own agents among a ring of activists they accuse of planning to conduct terrorist attacks on the NATO summit in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune (who’s article is an almost complete reprint of the Illinois State Prosecutor’s press release).
According to official documents, the group was under ‘covert surveillance’ during which an inside operative wearing a recorded three Black Bloc anarchists plotting to conduct terrorist attacks on several targets in Chicago.
Law enforcement officials allege that while monitoring the bug the three anarchists while began making Molotov Cocktails and immediately alerted special prosecutors who were part of the covert operation.
Soon after, the prosecutors obtained a no-knock search warrant and raided the activists house with the assistance of the FBI and the U.S. secret service.
The activists, who are being held on conspiracy to commit terrorism, vehemently deny the governments accusations.
The raid was part of a series of preemptive raids ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago during whichmany activists were thrown in jail without warrant or charge which is authorized under the National Defense Authorization (NDAA).
The National Lawyers Guild, who is representing the activists, further claim that while their clients have been detained since Wednesday with law enforcement has still failed to produce any evidence to support their allegations.
Given the fact that the first two trials of Occupy Wall Street activists in New York ended up with the defendants being acquitted in court, after video in both cases proved the NYPD committed false arrests and then lied in court, it is entirely possible the police are once again making false accusations.
Did The FBI Foil Their Own Terror Plot (Again)?
If the governments past history in every similar case is any indicator of the events that occurred in Chicago here is what we can expect to learn in the future:
1) The alleged terror plot was the brainchild of the FBI.
2) The FBI planted an agent within the ranks of the Occupy Protestors.
3) The agent then convinced other activists to go along with the FBI’s terror plot.
In legal terms this is an illegal practice known as entrapment and goes against the very foundations of our Constitution.
But as we have seen since the 9/11 terror attacks the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are now legacy ideas that have been declared obsolete so the government can protect us from the same bogey man they have created.
As we have seen over and over again US courts have ruled that National Security trumps entrapment and has let law enforcement repeatedly target Muslims in such entrapment schemes.
What is disturbing here is that the spying and targeting of Muslims with ties to the Middle east is now shifting to the targeting of the average US citizen who has done nothing more than engage in political discourse as permitted under the Constitution and encourage by our founding fathers.
The police openly admit they ‘infiltrated Occupy Chicago’ weeks before the raid so it is only a matter of time before we learn about entrapment plot.
In this case, they were conducting covert surveillance on 3 Black Bloc who came in from out of state to join the anit-NATO protests.
FBI Involvement Before the Chicago Crackdown
Prior to the Chicago raids, Jared Chase, pictured on the left above was present at a FBI raid in on Occupy Miami in Florida.
Then, before the preemptive NATO summit raids Jared was once again in a car with Occupy Chicago activists that was pulled over by the Chicago Police.
That incident was recorded by the activists and uploaded to YouTube and used to show that the police were harassing them for no good reason.
This video shows Chicago police questioning occupiers about Occupy Chicago, the NATO protests, and threatening violence after arbitrarily pulling over their car in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago earlier this week. The video went viral after the activists posted it to social media. Now, three of them are being charged with terrorism in the wake of a warrantless preemptive raid on activists’ homes in Chicago.
An attorney from the National Lawyers Guild describes the video:
They were driving in a car and were pulled over without any kind of justification or reason by the Chicago police department. They were surrounded by police and they were questioned for a very long period of time about what they were doing in Chicago, why they were here to protest, what their political affiliations were, how they identified politically—All kinds of absolutely outrageous questions that certainly do not indicate any kind of illegal behavior because it is not constitutional simply to accuse them of a crime because of a political belief.
One officer can be heard in the video saying, “We’ll come look for you, each and every one of you.” Police also made references to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where protesters were violently beaten back by National Guardsmen:
CPD Officer 1: “You like that, he knows these guys know, ’68. You guys know all about ’68. What did they say back in ’68?”
CPD Officer 2: “Billy club to the fucking skull.”
Then came the Chicago raids were Jared was once again present, has been arrested, and is now being charged in conspiracy plot to commit terrorism.
If this were a drug deal instead of a terror plot, assuming the accusations are true in the first place:
1) Jared was caught in an FBI drug raid in Miami.
2) Cops pull you over for no good reason in Chicago and harass you.
3) Days after, when the FBI coincidentally raids your apartment while Jared just happens to be in the middle of bagging the goods.
Now, let’s further connect the dots.
The documents provided by law enforcement officials, embedded below, detail covert surveillance at the location and the time of the raid by the monitoring of a bug worn by their planted agent..
According to the documents, prosecutors were immediately informed when the defendants began making Molotov Cocktails who immediately obtained a no-knock search warrant to raid the house.
The local police, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service then raided the house and retrieved the alleged items.
In order for the FBI to have assisted in the raid in such a short time, the FBI must who was directly working with the secret Service in the surveillance operations, the FBI must have had their own team on standby ready to conduct the raid.
Why would the FBI have their team on standby and ready to conduct a raid unless they knew the activists were going to make the cocktails that evening?
How could the FBI have known the activists were going to make the cocktails that evening unless it was their own terror plot and they had they directed their own inside agent to instigate the activists into doing so?
What is missing from the documents, is any mentions of Jared’s illegal activities besides being a passive participant who help assist in making the cocktails.
On the other hand the documents clearly detail specification allegations against the other two.
That sets the stage for Jared to be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony against the others which makes him the most likely person to the FBI plant that convinced the others to go along with the FBI’s terror plot.
The documents allege Betterly giving instructions on how to property make the cocktails while alleging numerous activities by being planned by Church, who is claimed to have spoken of using the cocktails to set cops on fire, plotting to bring on additional conspirators, saying he would be pointing guns back at the cops this time, and Chicago will never be the same again.
The document goes on to vaguely describe a series of attacks being planned as part of the plot.
plans were made to destroy police cars and attack four CPD stations with destructive devices, in an effort to undermine the police response to the conspirators’ other planned actions for the NATO Summit.
The other actions included conducting attacks on several targets including Chicago’s 9th district police station, the Campaign Headquarters of U.S. President Barack Obama, the personal residence of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and certain downtown financial institutions.
Defendants Brian Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly (“defendants”) are each initially charged by way of criminal complaint for preliminary examination with the felony offenses of: (1) Material Support for Terrorism, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/29D-29.9 (a special class X felony punishable by 9 to 40 years in prison); (2) Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, in violation of 720 ILCS 512913-14.9 and 518-2 (a class one felony punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison); and (3) Possession of Explosives or Explosive or Incendiary Devices, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/20-2 (a special class one felony punishable by 4 to 30 years in prison).
The defendant Brian Church is 22 years old and resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The defendant Jared Chase (“CHASE”) is 27 years old and resides in Keene, New Hampshire. The defendant Brent Betterly (“BE’I’TERLY”) is 24 years old and told police that he resides in Massachusetts.
III. The Facts:
In conjunction with the assistance of federal and local authorities, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAC) and the Chicago Police Department CPD have charged this matter as part an ongoing public safety investigation being contradicted for the summit conference of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (“NATO”). As to this particular case, the covert investigation began in early May 2012, and revealed the following:
The defendants CHURCH, CHASE and BETTERLY are self-proclaimed anarchists, and members of the “Black Bloc” group, who traveled together from Florida to the Chicago area in preparation for committing terrorist acts of violence and destruction directed against different targets in protest to the NATO Summit. Specifically, plans were made to destroy police cars and attack four CPD stations with destructive devices, in an effort to undermine the police response to the conspirators’ other planned actions for the NATO Summit. Some of the proposed targets included the Campaign Headquarters of U.S. President Barack Obama, the personal residence of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and certain downtown financial institutions.
During the investigation, CHURCH stated that he wanted to recruit four groups of four coconspirators (for a total of sixteen people) to conduct the raids, and that reconnaissance had already been conducted at CPD Headquarters located at 3510 South Michigan Avenue for the purpose of a planned attack. As pan; of their efforts, the defendants also possessed and/or constructed improvised explosive-incendiary devices and various types of dangerous weapons (including a mortar gun, swords, hunting bow, throwing stars, and knives with brass-knuckle handles), as well as police counter-measures such as pre~positioned shields, assault vest, gas mask equipment and other gear to help hide their identity during their operations. At one point in the investigation, 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 CHURCH would be “pointing one back” at the cop.
On May 8, 2012, as part of their pre—NATO Summit preparations, the defendants resided in an apartment, along with other individuals, located at the three-flat residence on 1013 West 32rd Street, Chicago Illinois. During the investigation, topics of conversation by the conspirators included committing acts of violence in other jurisdictions, planning escape routes, discussing and conducting late-night training sessions for engaging in combat with the police, and avoiding detection by law eI1forcernent’s use of electronic surveillance, FBI informants, and forensic evidence. In one conversation, a defendant stated that “the city doesn’t know what it‘s in for“ and that “after NATO, the city will never be the same” as before.
On May 16, 2012, CHURCH, CHASE, BETTERLY and others engaged in detailed conversations about the preparation of numerous -incendiary devices known as “Molotov Cocktails” made out of empty beer bottles that were filled with gasoline and fitted with fiising. During these activities, CHASE obtained gasoline at the HP Gas Station located at 3151 and Halsted, and then returned to the safe house at 1013 West Street. Upon retum, the defendants using gloves began to make the Molotov Cocktails and cut bandanas as timing devices. During construction, CHURCH and CHASE assisted in the preparation and BETTERLY gave instructions on how to properly assemble and use the Molotov Cocktails. While the Molotov Cocktails were being poured, CHURCH discussed the NATO Summit, the protests, and how the Molotov Cocktails would be used for violence and intimidating acts of destruction. At one point, CHURCH asked if others had ever seen a “cop on fire” and discussed throwing one of the Molotov Cocktails into the 9″‘ District Police station. Upon completion of several of the devices, plans were then discussed to load the Molotov Cocktails into a car located near the residence.
Given the imminent threat to public safety (including the residents in other parts of the building), surveillance officers alerted SAC) prosecutors involved in the covert investigation who immediately obtained a judicially-approved, no-knock search warrant for the target location. Thereafter, CPD officers executed the warrant and detained the subjects inside the residence, Alongwith the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S Secret Service, the officers recovered and analyzed various items from the search, including weapons, four completed Molotov Cocktails, written plans for the assembly of pipe bombs, Chicago area map, computer equipment, recording devices, video cameras, cell phones, and an assault vest, among other items.
Lessons To Be Learned
Occupy is a peaceful non-violent movement and if you have those tendencies and ideologies associate yourself with a different group and stay the hell away from the Occupy movement.
If the movement turns to violence we lose, period. They will crush us. We cannot fight their guns, and their bombs, and their tanks nor can we even for one second hope to be able to take on the military industrial complex and their massive big brother spy machine that monitors nearly every aspect of our lives.
The only hope to end the corruption and influence of corporate interest, lobbyists and special interest groups that own our politicians is to advocate political reforms that the 99% percent can agree on and demand in a voice of solidarity.
By the 99% I really mean the 99.9% which includes people from both sides of the aisle, Republicans an Democrats alike and everyone in between.
Finally, if someone approaches you advocating violence reject them like a bacteria because that is exactly what they are. They are a lethal disease, most like a government agent provocateur, that will kill the entire movement.