"NATO 3" Domestic Terrorism Arrests

This is a fucked up story and a very interesting read. We had a bunch of provocateurs(cops that were acting like protesters)that were causing all sorts of shit at a protest and they got caught because they were all wearing military issue boots, the same as the RCMP.


When local and federal police conducted a no-knock, midnight search warrant raid in May 2012 at an apartment in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, it looked at first like a failed mission.
Yes, police seized a group of 11 political activists in Chicago to protest an international summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). But most of the arrestees were released without charge, and rumors soon began to swirl.
Police chained protesters to benches for 18 hours, one television station reported. Chicago Police Department (CPD) sources told Truthout the raid would unearth Molotov cocktails - homemade firebombs made of breakable glass bottles and gasoline. But they found beer brewing equipment instead.
"If anybody would like some," one Bridgeport tenant told Truthout, "I would like to offer them a sip of my beer."
Then things turned.
Of the 11 Bridgeport arrestees, it turned out, two were undercover cops. And beer-brewing equipment wasn't the only thing the authorities found.

They found four dark beer bottles "containing a clear liquid" implied to be gasoline. They found a pint can containing four presumably gas-soaked cloths. They found another pint can containing four glass vials each containing saturated cotton, along with four gas-soaked pieces of cloth, an empty gas can, a black tactical vest and a black gas mask. They found a compound bow and nine arrows.
They found two knives in sheaths, two swords in sheaths, and a set of handcuffs. They found a metal throwing star (a sharp, hand-held blade). They found a PVC pipe with a black flag attached. Authorities also found a printed photo of the female undercover officer who led SWAT teams to Bridgeport in the first place.
This litany of materials, police told Truthout, belonged to three men visiting Chicago from Florida to protest the NATO Summit - and, allegedly, to set parts of the Windy City aflame.
Dubbed the "NATO 3" in media reports, they face maximum sentences of 85 years in prison apiece if convicted, under a decade-old Illinois law that had never been used before. And that was without ever carrying out an attack.

Their arrests may paint a picture of what federal authorities wish they had done to stop the bombings in Boston, or the Fort Hood shootings, or any actual terrorist attack carried out by suspects who had aroused suspicion from authorities.
Unlike the Boston bombers, the NATO 3 hadn't set off any bombs prior to their arrests. Unlike the Fort Hood shooter, they hadn't shot anyone. They hadn't thrown molotov cocktails. They hadn't even pressed dummy detonators, as was the case with five Cleveland activists in a similar domestic terrorism investigation last year.
They just ran their mouths. They just talked about revolution. And they went far enough into a conspiracy to elicit major charges.
To this day, more than a year after their arrest in Bridgeport, the NATO 3 are still sitting in Chicago's Cook County Jail, awaiting their trial, which is set to begin on September 16, one day before the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 17, 2011, launch of Occupy Wall Street.
Their case is a big one. It's the new face of US counterterrorism investigations - a template for pre-crime arrests, performed through entrapment by police - to stop supposedly dangerous political acts before they happen.
And if the "3" are convicted in September, it could set a troubling precedent far beyond the borders of Illinois.
Who are the NATO 3?
While Occupy Wall Street helped to ramp up the possibility for major protest action in cities such as Chicago, it also brought together young activists who would've never met otherwise. Case in point: Chase and Betterly.
The duo met in Washington DC at an Occupy protest. They were arrested, arm in arm, in front of the White House, while protesting the National Defense Authorization Act.
It wasn't the first arrest for either man.
Years ago, when Chase was 18 and living with his folks in Keene, N.H., he was charged with "attempt to commit an assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly pulling a knife on another man," according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader.
A month later, Chase received more charges, this time for first-degree assault and conduct after an accident, which earned him nine months in jail.
"In that incident, Chase was found guilty of hitting a man with a car after the two had a fist fight," said the Union-Leader article. "The victim's impact with the car damaged the windshield, but the man was not seriously injured. . . .The conduct after an accident charge was added because Chase drove off after striking the man."
He spent six months in jail. He had trouble with drugs when he got out. He violated his probation three times and then eventually moved to Boston, where he stayed for years and worked as a cook at a P.F. Chang's.

Late last year, Chase left his life in Boston. A drifter, he headed to Rhode Island briefly and then to Washington, D.C.
After Chase and Betterly were arrested outside the White House, they headed toward Oakland Park, Florida, just north of Fort Lauderdale, where Betterly's from, before heading to Miami.
Chase was arrested again as part of a group during Occupy Miami before heading off to Chicago. That group was found with bolt cutters, a baseball bat and a sledgehammer, but they were not charged.
The Miami New Times described Betterly, "with his good looks and dreadlocks," as "a hippie who attended rainbow gatherings." He had a criminal record in Florida, but nothing violent: Last September, he and a friend were drunk when they broke into a high school, did some after-hours swimming and broke a cafeteria window. Police picked them up. Betterly was released, but he still faces a pending burglary charge.

New Times reported that Betterly was known among those at Occupy Miami "for his creativity and commitment to fighting foreclosures," while Chase was seen as more "enigmatic": "The chain-smoker was a computer whiz who . . . spent days wandering around downtown and talking to homeless people."
On March 14, 2012, Occupy Miami was raided by police, and Chase was there when it happened. It was depicted on Chase's Facebook page, in fact, underneath a picture of a SWAT team outside an apartment complex housing members of Occupy Miami.

Occupy's Open Door for Infiltration: Enter "Mo" and "Nadia"
When it comes to protecting itself from prosecution, one of the Occupy movement's truest merits - the inclusion of "the 99 percent" and acceptance of anyone willing to lend a hand - is also its fatal flaw.
CPD undercover officers began their investigation in February 2012 as part of a temporary 90-day assignment to monitor NATO protests. Undercover officers soon entered Occupy Chicago posing as activists and did so with ease.
Occupy Chicago organizer Matthew McLoughlin explained the hectic nature of preparations in the months leading up to the NATO Summit protests.
"Every day of the week . . . we had an action going on. So we were making sure that went off without a hitch," he told us. "And then we had out-of-towners pouring in, so we had to take care of that
"We weren't really prepared" to deal with undercover police officers, he continued.
That's how two undercover officers, going by the names "Mo" and "Nadia," would soon become the NATO 3's downfall.
In early March, an undercover officer - a big man, a little over 6 feet tall, bearded and dark-featured, in his mid-30s with broad shoulders, wearing jeans, a black hoodie and a black winter cap - was first spotted by central organizers of the NATO Summit protests at a planning meeting.
He went by "Mo."

During small group introductions, Mo said he became an activist because he had been laid off from a job. "Shit blew up," he said, and Occupy Chicago started. No further explanation was needed.
Mo would show up at a public Occupy event later in March with a woman who would always be by his side: a young woman who went by "Nadia Youkhana."
Nadia was tall, with tanned skin. Some Occupy sources told Truthout she claimed to be Syrian. Many activists said she was charming and bubbly. They were attracted to her seeming genuine excitement to get involved with activism. If "Mo" was the brawn of the two-person team, "Nadia" was the brains.

Nadia showed up alongside Mo at an Occupy General Assembly - a completely open meeting for anyone new to the movement - to introduce themselves, saying they were cousins. She talked with an Occupy Chicago organizer who oversaw a number of list-serves and who generally passed information about meetings to anyone who needed it.
Nadia seemingly saw this organizer as un-dangerous and useful; she kept in touch with him to monitor when various meetings were taking place and rallies were being planned, as well as to get email addresses of everyone involved in Occupy Chicago.
Mo and Nadia were on a 90-day temporary duty undercover assignment as part of CPD Field Intelligence Team 7150 (FIT 7150). The team was tasked with "attend[ing] Occupy Chicago and anarchist movement events for the purpose of observing and listening to reports of any planned criminal activity" in the run-up to the NATO Summit, according to pre-trial court documents.
Truthout visited the apartments of both Mo and Gloves, but both denied comment.
The Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic on Chicago's south side was one of six city-operated facilities scheduled for closure in April 2012. Occupy Chicago activists planned to protest on a daily basis.

At one of these protests in early April, 23 were arrested. Mo and Nadia thought a second protest - and an inevitable series of arrests - might cause some protesters to plan something violent, according to sources.
So when 10 protesters were arrested on April 23, Mo and Nadia were there.
"At the time, I couldn't figure out why we were under such close surveillance this particular night," recalled Rachel Unterman, press liaison for Occupy Chicago. "I thought they were overreacting to a few tents and a handful of expected arrests. Now I know that they had undercover officers in the field, which raised the stakes."
The 10 spent the night in a Cook County Jail facility together. Some of them found "Mo" and "Nadia" to be a bit odd.
"When she walked into the police van was the first time I had ever seen her," Christina Pillsbury told Truthout, a University of Chicago student who was arrested with Nadia that day. "It didn't really make sense because I had seen everyone else arrested with me that day before, but I didn't really have time to think about it at the time, either."
Pillsbury recalls her being "really funny" and "really liking her at first." Nadia also told Pillsbury and her fellow arrested activists "really intense stories about her sister's mental illness."
But she also recalls Nadia trying to rile up her and the other women arrested that day in jail. Pillsbury says Nadia started to "freak out" when the police were giving her stuff back to her and they only gave her one of her two cell phones - in hindsight, the two phones being another telltale sign that something was off, she noted.
"It seemed as if she was trying to get us in the whole 'fuck the police' mentality, but she was barking up the wrong tree," noted Pillsbury. "We didn't even do anything violent to be in jail in the first place; we just stood our ground across the street from Woodlawn in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience."
Mo had told a story paralleling Nadia's at Woodlawn Clinic prayer vigil earlier that day, shared by Mental Health Clinic activist Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle. Mo said he had a "cousin struggling with mental health issues" and that was why he felt strongly about the events unfolding at Woodlawn, compelling him to take part in them.
Mo also played the violence game. While in lockup, he approached one of the arrested activists. "What's our next step?" he asked Ginsberg-Jaeckle. "We need to step this up a notch."
Another Woodlawn activist, James Arentz, locked up with Mo, recalled him saying he was once arrested for "violence," as if to gauge if his compatriots in jail were also interested in participating in illegal violent acts.
Arentz said he showed little interest in taking this route, and it was a route he had never gone down before as a veteran, middle-aged activist and father. Mo soon lost interest in him after a round of intrusive questioning.
Roger Shuy, an emeritus professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, refers to tactics utilized in jail by Mo and Nadia as the "hit-and-run" strategy for undercover cops.
"If the target does not say anything that seems to point to his guilt, many undercover operators begin to 'drop in' hints about illegality, sometimes clear and sometimes not," he writes in his book Creating Language Crimes: How Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language. "It is commonplace that when they drop these hints into the conversation and are unsure how their targets might react, they often quickly change the subject to something benign before they give up their turn."
May Day, May Day
If anyone at the Chicago NATO Summit was going to "step this up a notch," it was Jared Chase, Brent Betterly and Brian Church - the NATO 3.
In south Florida, Betterly and Church - court records reveal - made plans over Facebook, in private messages, to visit Chicago for NATO. That was April 19, the date the "conspiracy to commit an act of domestic terrorism" began, according to Illinois state prosecutors.
In those messages, Church said he wanted to "get on the front lines" of the protests. Betterly agreed, writing that the Chicago NATO "protests are gonna get ugly." During that same interaction, Betterly asked if Chase would also make the trip to Chicago.
On April 24, Betterly discussed molotov cocktails with a female acquaintance on Facebook after asking that acquaintance to come to Chicago and then typing, "riot!!" Betterly responded: "u cant apologize after throwing a molotov cocktail." Betterly wrote that he might "catch some charges" in Chicago.
Official accounts suggest the "NATO 3" domestic terrorism plot began on May 1, known by leftist activists as "May Day." Chase, Betterly and Church were part of the "black bloc" for a large march planned for that day.

The story goes on if you are interested. I find this kind of shit fascinating, primarily because I don't understand how fucking easy it is to get caught up in this kind of thing but also how cops can entrap people and fuck their lives up for doing shit they wouldn't normally do. The high school kid that never did drugs but fell in love with the undercover cop and bought weed for her because she begged him to. The other guy was that fucking near retard Iranian car salesman that got suckered into thinking he was going to kill a bunch of Saudi's in a restaurant lol.