Mostly Peaceful Occupy “Activists” Held on Terrorism Charges in Chicago

Posted by on May 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

Have you noticed how quickly the media’s love affair with the Occupy movement faded after those mostly peaceful bridge bombers were nabbed in Cleveland a few weeks ago? Well, some of the terrorists are still out there making news.

Three protesters at the NATO summit in Chicago have been charged with terrorism conspiracy stemming from allegations that they planned to make Molotov cocktails, police said.

Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa told The Associated Press early Saturday that the three were being held on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support.

He said they would face a bond hearing later Saturday morning.

Stoppa identified the men charged as 20-year-old Brian Church, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 24-year-old Jared Chase, of Keene, N.H.; and 24-year-old Brent Vincent Betterly, of Oakland Park, Mass.

Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, told AP the men were “absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from.”

“The National Lawyers Guild deplores the charges against Occupy activists in the strongest degree,”  Gelsomino said in a statement decrying the charges. “It’s outrageous for the city to apply terrorism charges when it’s the police who have been terrorizing activists and threatening their right to protest.”

Six others initially arrested have been released. They were all detained in a raid Wednesday on a home in Bridgeport on Chicago’s South Side, reported.

Yup, those terrorist police, it’s all their fault.

He claimed that during 18 hours in custody, police never told him why he was arrested, read him his rights or allowed him to make a phone call, The Associated Pres reported. He said he remained handcuffed to a bench, even after asking to use a restroom.

“There were guards walking by making statements into the door along the lines of ‘hippie,’ ‘communist,” ‘pinko,'” a tired-looking Annussek told reporters just after his release.

Well, if the name fits…

One of the terrorists played dumb when quizzed about his criminal past.

Nine people were arrested on suspicion of committing felony conspiracy, according to one man who was among those released without charges. Darrin Annusek of Philadelphia was asked whether something in his background might have prompted his detainment.

“Myself, I have no arrests in my background,” he said.

As one police mugshot reveals however, Annusek was arrested by Wake County, N.C., authorities last December during an Occupy protest.

While the Bridgeport raid investigation continues according authorities, a 10th man in custody appears to be related to that case.

Mark Neiweem, 28, was arrested on explosives charges in the 1200-block of South Union near a Western Union Office.

Neiweem is a self-professed anarchist who frequents their chat rooms and is a member of the Anarchist Black Cross. In 2010, he was charged with punching a Chicago police officers in the face, a case for which he is now on probation.

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