A supposed terror plot was thwarted by authorities during the NATO Summit in Chicago. Three men were arrested and charged with terror crimes regarding the alleged plot to create Molotov cocktails to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarter, as well as other local targets like the mayor of Chicago’s home.
Chicago police were touting the arrests of the three suspects as a major victory in the war on terror. However, the defense lawyers for the suspects suggest that the arrests and subsequent charges were fabricated to try to scare off peaceful protesters of the NATO summit.
While it’s an interesting story, and it probably will send a definite message to protesters in the area, some of the evidence appears damning. The police report indicates that the three men went to a gas station and purchased gasoline which they poured into beer bottles. They even had bandannas on hand. It seems a little outlandish that if this were a frame job that this would be the particular weapons chosen. It would have been more believable if the police had planted bombs of some sort on them. Homemade Molotov cocktails might be deadly enough, but it seems rather amateurish in the grand scheme of terror plots. But maybe authorities thought using easily obtained materials would make the story more credible. To make matters worse, the same defense attorneys that claim the entire affair was created by the government also are crying entrapment. Apparently there was some sort of contact between the suspects and law enforcement that led to the busting up of the plot. For the record, if a defendant of a crime is crying entrapment, they are kind of admitting that they at least were tricked into participating in something illegal, and that is a far cry from being completely innocent in the matter.
The men charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, material support for terrorism and possession of explosives could get up to 85 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The men arrested are Brian Church, a 20-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jared Chase, a 24-year-old from Keene, New Hampshire, and Brian Vincent Betterly, a 24-year-old from Oakland Park, Florida.