Prosecutors Crank Up the Fear, Call ‘NATO 3′ Terrorists in Feverish Closing Arguments for Jury

By: Friday February 7, 2014 10:31 am

The jury in the trial of the “NATO 3″ in Chicago is now deliberating after nearly three weeks of proceedings. They face charges that include material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an incendiary device, solicitation to commit arson. The jury will decide whether the three young men are what Illinois state [...]

Ahead of Verdict in ‘NATO 3′ Trial, A Look at the History of Police Repression in Chicago

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 8:55 am

Civil liberties lawyer, author and director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Project on Political Surveillance, Frank Donner, wrote in his book, Protectors of Privilege, about the political surveillance operation of the Chicago police in the 1960s and 1970s: Because their exalted “mission” to protect internal security contrasts so sharply with the dreary reality [...]

Talking Chicago Police Spying on the Heartland Cafe—At the Heartland Cafe (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 8:20 pm

In Chicago, there is a cafe in Rogers Park known as the Heartland Cafe. The Chicago Bar Project describes it as a “critically acclaimed commune-come-restaurant-and-bar where everyone from hippies to leftists to gay & lesbians to vegetarians are most welcome, along with the rest of us who have sold out and revel in the material [...]

When Prosecutors Showed the Jury a Pipe Bomb Making Recipe in the ‘NATO 3′ Trial

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 5:01 pm

If any single moment exemplifies what is horribly wrong with this trial, the moment when Illinois state prosecutors had a pipe bomb making recipe admitted into evidence and showed it to the jury while an explosives technician from the Chicago police department was on the witness stand is such an example. A defense attorney had [...]

Judge Evokes Dystopian Scene of Terror, Declines to Acquit ‘NATO 3′ of Terrorism Charges

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 11:33 am

The prosecution rested and the defense decided it would not call witnesses and put on a case in the trial of the “NATO 3.” Immediately, defense attorneys moved for a directed verdict on multiple terrorism and arson charges, which the defendants face. Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase traveled from Florida to Chicago [...]

‘NATO 3′ Trial: Only Person to Talk About ‘Terrorizing’ Chicago Was an Undercover Cop

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 8:52 am

An undercover Chicago police officer involved in targeting and arresting three young men on trial in the state of Illinois for terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges admitted on the witness stand that he was the only one to ever explicitly say anything about “terrorizing” the city during a NATO summit. Brian Jacob Church, Brent [...]

At Trial, Undercover Officer Shares Interpretation of Recorded Conversations with ‘NATO 3′

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 7:57 pm

An undercover Chicago police officer Mehmet Uygun took the witness stand and gave testimony in the trial of the “NATO 3.” His testimony came days after another undercover officer provided testimony for the jury. The “NATO 3″—Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase—each face terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges. They traveled from Florida [...]

Kevin Gosztola Reports From The NATO 3 Trial, January 30

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 11:00 am

Follow Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) on Twitter for live updates from the courtroom of the “NATO 3″ trial in Chicago. Read more about the NATO 3.

‘NATO 3′ Trial: Prosecutors Present Facebook Messages With Little Evidence Related to Alleged Offenses

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 9:09 am

In the trial of the “NATO 3,” Illinois state prosecutors presented messages that had been sent by defendants in late April and May, before they were arrested in a police raid on May 16, 2012, days before a NATO summit was scheduled in Chicago. The messages are apparently important to prosecutors, however, it was unclear [...]

In the ‘NATO 3′ Trial, Prosecutors Deeply Troubled by Focus on Chicago Police Conduct

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 7:08 pm

Prosecutors from the state of Illinois are deeply bothered by defense attorneys’ focus on police conduct in the criminal investigation into the “NATO 3″ and the surveillance operation conducted prior to targeting the defendants. Illinois state prosecutors are arguing a case in which three young men, Brian Jacob Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly, have [...]

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