By: SR Shearer
June 9, 2012
Speaking concerning the "end of the age," Jesus warned
"Beware of men: for they will deliver you up to
the councils [neighborhood watch committees], and they
will scourge you in their synagogues ... [churches];
"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings
for my sake, for a testimony against them [the leaders
of today's church] and the Gentiles [the leaders of
the American New World Order System]." (Matthew 10:17-18)
[Please see our article regarding the development
of "Neighborhood Watch Committees," "The
Development of a New National A Security Apparatus in
the United States and What It Will Mean to You: Part
2 - Life in a Surveillance Society."]
Note carefully that this warning is in reference to
two specific entities:
a religious entity referred to in the text as
a political entity referred to in the text as
Very obviously, the two - the religious entity (or
authority) and the civil entity (or authority) - are in
league with one another, which is EXACTLY what
the prophetic scriptures prophesy concerning the political
and religious conditions prevalent in "BABYLON THE GREAT"
(i.e., the United States) at the end of the age. [Please
see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS,
Search of Babylon."]
Concerning the relationship between these two authorities
at the "end of the age," the great Bible expositor F.C.
"Turning then to the seventeenth chapter of
the Book of Revelation, we see the whole stage filled
with two personalities only: a 'Beast' and a 'Woman'
... these two ... picture ... the future prophetic earth
... there can be no argument or discussion as to this
speaking of both the CIVIL [political, economic, and
military] and ECCLESIASTICAL [religious] conditions
that will rule and characterize that part of the earth
that is within the limits or boundaries of Prophecy.
The whole of it will be filled with what shall answer
to this "Beast" and this 'Woman'. The two
[the "Beast (which answers to the Civil Power)
and the 'Woman' (which answers to the Religious Power)]
are thus indissolubly co-related, and tell us to what
end all [this is] trending; and that is that there will
eventually be a one World-Empire and a one World-Church,
and these will cover the whole of what is now called
CHRISTENDOM; the one Empire supporting the one Church,
[as] the 'Beast' in the picture supports the 'Woman',
and the 'Woman' is supported by the 'Beast' ..." [Please
see APPENDIX 1 to this article,
"The Relationship between the Church
and the State at the End of the Age."]
And so we begin to grasp the fact that - just as Jesus
was dragged before a religious council before He was dragged
before a political council - Christians who dare to speak
out against the impious union of church and state in the
"end of days" will suffer the same fate as did Jesus.
(Matthew Chapters 26-27)
Regarding the shared fate between disciple and Master,
"The disciple is not above his master, nor
the servant above his lord.
"It is enough for the disciple that he be as his
master, and the servant as his lord. If
they have called the master of the house Beelzebub,
how much more shall they call them of his household?"
BUT, we are not
left without any consolation here; Jesus went on to say:
"When they deliver you up, take no thought
how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you
in that same hour what ye shall speak.
"For it is not ye that speak,
but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."
And He went on to say:
"Fear not them which kill the body, but are not
able to kill the soul [man]: but rather fear him [God]
which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?
and one of them shall not fall on the ground without
"But the very hairs of your head are all
"Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value
than many sparrows."
He then added the following somber proviso:
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before
men, him will I confess also before my Father which
is in heaven.
"But whosoever shall deny
me before men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:28-33)
and sisters, Listen to me carefully here: Already the
mechanisms needed to trap REAL Christians in the
"end of the age" are being constructed by the agencies
of the super-state; the following article describes the
development of one these mechanisms; specifically, the
wicked, underhanded mechanism of "ENTRAPMENT."
At present, this immoral mechanism is being used against
the POLITICAL opponents of the state; but
soon - very soon now - it will be utilized by the church
against its opponents. [Please see our article,
"Rick Santorum and the Continued
Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical Right-Wing Christianity."]
West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2, defines "ENTRAPMENT"
"... the act of law enforcement officers or government
agents to induce or encourage a person to commit a crime
Prior to 9/11, the defense against police "ENTRAPMENT"
was a fairly absolute matter, especially in light of
its illegal use during the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s: West
"The rationale underlying the defense is to deter law enforcement
officers from engaging in reprehensible conduct by inducing
persons ... to engage in criminal activity."
REQUIRING A DEFENDANT TO PROVE A NEGATIVE
Since 9\11, however, the government - at all levels, local,
state and federal - has chipped away at the ability of a defendant
to use "ENTRAPMENT" as a defense against police misconduct,
to the point that now most jurisdictions -
"... require a defendant who raises the defense of "ENTRAPMENT"
to prove he or she did not have an intent to commit the crime."
This requires a defendant to prove a negative - an action
that asserts a proposition is true IF it has not
been proven false. This means that IF the government
asserts that a defendant -- in a case where, for instance, "ENTRAPMENT"
is raised as a defense against a terrorist charge -- cannot
prove that he did NOT
possess the intent to commit the terrorist act, then the defendant
cannot use "ENTRAPMENT" as a defense. IF
THIS SOUNDS ILLOGICAL, IT'S BECAUSE IT IS ILLOGICAL.
USING "ENTRAPMENT" AS A RUSE TO HUNT
DOWN SO-CALLED MUSLIM TERRORISTS
Nonetheless, this is the kind of "logic" behind which the government
has been hunting down so-called "Muslim terrorists" ever since
9/11; it gives license to the government to use "ENTRAPMENT"
as a ruse to bring a terrorist charge against a citizen.
[Please see our article concerning the creation of Muslims as
an "Enemy Absolute," "PREPARING
THE GROUND IN AMERICA FOR THE EMERGENCE OF ANTICHRIST, Part
1, The Acceleration of the Growth of Radical Christianity."]
The chicanery that lies behind this effort is mind-boggling
and includes the use of thousands and thousands of "paid informants,"
most of whom are "creeps" and "sneaks" of the worst kind. Shady
informants, of course, are as old as the FBI itself; indeed,
an old saying in the bureau is, "To catch the devil,
you have to go to hell."
The government uses thousands and thousands of "paid informants,"
most of whom are "creeps" of the worst kind. According
to an old FBI saying, the ra-tionale behind this is,
"To catch the devil, you have to go to hell."
Commenting on all this, Mother Jones Magazine reports:
"Ever since 9/11, counterterrorism
has been the FBI's No. 1 priority, consuming the lion's share
of its budget—$3.3 billion, compared to $2.6 billion
for organized crime—and
much of the attention of field agents and a massive, nationwide
network of informants. [For those who wish to know
more about America's fiendish involvement in the creation
of the menace of radical Islam, please see our article, "Radical
"After years of emphasizing informant recruiting as a key
task for its agents, the bureau now maintains a roster of
15,000 spies—many of them tasked with infiltrating Muslim
communities in the United States.
"In addition, for every informant officially listed in
the bureau's records, there are as many as three unofficial
ones, according to one former high-level FBI official,
known in bureau parlance as 'hip pockets'.
NOTE: This number
of informants - 45,000 official and unofficial informants
- approaches on a per capita
basis the number of clandestine informants the Stasi
arrayed against the citizens of Communist East Germany
- and this does not include informants (formal and informal)
that local jurisdictions maintain.
The Ministerium für Staatssicherheit,
Ministry of State Security (or Stasi), was the
primary intelligence and security agency of the German
Democratic Republic (GDR), or East Germany, during the
Cold War. The Stasi created a widespread network
of civilian informants. These informants
were citizens who cooperated with Stasi agents,
sometimes in exchange for money or goods. These
unofficial informants used their jobs, social influence,
and family networks to spy on fellow citizens. Informants
were required to report suspicious or anti-government
behavior to Stasi authorities. Tips from informants
were followed by further agent surveillance or immediate
arrest. The Stasi garnered a reputation for its
use of brutality, torture, and blackmail as routine methods
of extracting information and coercing cooperation.
THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF
"INFORMANT" NETWORK THE GOVERNMENT - LOCAL, STATE AND
FEDERAL - IS CREATING NOW IN AMERICA.
The article continues:
"The FBI regularly taps all of them [i.e., its informants]
as part of a domestic intelligence apparatus whose only [domestic]
historical peer might be COINTELPRO, the program the
bureau ran from the '50s to the '70s to discredit and marginalize
... civil-rights organizations and other protest groups."
(an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series
of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed
at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting
domestic political organizations. COINTELPRO tactics included
discrediting targets through psychological warfare; smearing
individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting
false reports in the media; harassment; wrongful imprisonment;
and illegal violence, including
assassination. The FBI's stated motivation
was "protecting national security, preventing violence,
and maintaining the existing social and political order."
[For information on how the FBI smeared the Black Panther
Party, please see our article, "Mumia
Targets for COINTELPRO included organizations
and individuals associated with the civil rights movement,
including Martin Luther King, Jr. and others associated
with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
and the Congress of Racial Equality and other civil rights
organizations; black nationalist groups; the American
Indian Movement; a broad range of organizations labeled
"New Left", including Students for a Democratic Society
and the Weathermen; almost all groups protesting the Vietnam
War, as well as individual student demonstrators with
no group affiliation; the National Lawyers Guild; and
additional notable Americans. Even Albert Einstein, who
was a member of several civil rights groups, came under
FBI surveillance during the years just prior to COINTELPRO's
official inauguration. [Please see our articles, "The
Development of a New National Security Apparatus in the
United States and What It Will Mean to You,"
"Welcome to the New
National Security State" and "The
Right to Protest in Peril."]
EXPANDING ENTRAPMENT BEYOND
ITS INITIAL USE AGAINST AL QUAEDA
The Mother Jones article goes on to report:
"The bureau's strategy [regarding so-called Muslim terrorists
in the US] has changed significantly from the days when officials
feared another coordinated, internationally financed attack
from an Al Qaeda sleeper cell. Today, counterterrorism experts
believe groups like Al Qaeda ... have shifted to a franchise
model, using the internet to encourage sympathizers to carry
out attacks in their name. The main domestic threat, as
the FBI sees it, is a lone wolf. The bureau's answer
has been a strategy known variously as 'preemption', 'prevention',
and 'disruption'—identifying and neutralizing potential
lone wolves before they move toward action. To that
end, FBI agents and informants target not just active jihadists,
but tens of thousands of law-abiding
people, seeking to identify those disgruntled few who might
participate in a plot given the means and the opportunity.
And then, in case after case, the government
provides the plot, the means, and the opportunity.
"Over the past year, Mother Jones and the Investigative
Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley
have examined prosecutions of 508 defendants in terrorism-related
cases, as defined by the Department of Justice. Our investigation
the use of ENTRAPMENT from its use
against Al Qaeda operatives to individual Muslims living
in the United States, many of whom are citizens.
Nearly half the prosecutions involved the
use of informants, many of them incentivized by money
(operatives can be paid as much as $100,000 per assignment)
or the need to work off criminal or immigration violations.
Commenting on this, Martin Stolar, a lawyer who represented
a man caught in a 2004 sting involving New York's Herald Square
subway station, writes:
"They're creating crimes to
solve crimes so they can claim a victory in the war on terror."
THE RUSE OF ENTRAPMENT IS NOW BEING
TURNED AGAINST OCCUPY PROTESTERS
As with so many unconstitutional government intrusions used
initially against Muslims in America's so-called "War on Terror,"
the illegal and semi-illegal use of "ENTRAPMENT" is now
being used by the police against those who dare to protest against
the greed and avarice of America's financial elites. [Please
see our article, "The Police and
Bill Van Auken reports on what happened recently in a case
of "ENTRAPMENT" against "occupy protesters" in Cleveland:
"Federal authorities Tuesday, May 1, charged five men described
as 'anarchists' with plotting to blow up a bridge linking
two Cleveland, Ohio suburbs. The charges were the culmination
of a six-month long sting operation involving a paid confidential
informant that ended with undercover FBI operatives supplying
the five with fake explosives and then arresting them.
"An affidavit presented by the FBI to secure warrants for
the arrests claims that the case grew out of a decision of
the agency's Cleveland office to send their informant into
an Occupy Cleveland demonstration last October to investigate
a 'report of potential criminal activity and threats involving
"The so-called 'terrorist plot' traces its origins to this
FBI fishing expedition and, as the affidavit makes
clear, would never have existed outside of the agency's informant
and undercover operatives egging on the five defendants,
organizing their activities and supplying them with the fake
Van Auken goes on to describe the shocking details surrounding
"In its description of the 'Confidential Human Source', or
INFORMANT, who has yet to be identified, the FBI
affidavit states that he, or she, '...
has a criminal record including one conviction for possession
of cocaine in 1990, one conviction for robbery in 1991, and
four convictions for passing bad checks between 1991 and 2011'.
The informant was paid $5,750 for his services and $550 for
"This is a typical profile for the
informers used by the FBI. They are individuals facing jail
for criminal offenses who are offered leniency and cash in
return for entrapping others in MANUFACTURED conspiracies
"Recounting the Cleveland informant's original meetings with
those now charged with conspiracy and facing 25 year jail
sentences, the affidavit cites casual conversations in which
the five toss out ideas such as setting off smoke
bombs or stink bombs and
knocking bank signs off of downtown Cleveland buildings
Now stop for a moment and think about that! - stink
bombs! My heavens: Using this as a criteria, hundreds
and hundreds of college students could be similarly prosecuted
for pranks used on an almost routine basis on college campuses
throughout the country.
LEFT: The kind of bombs occupy
protesters are using. RIGHT:
The kind of bombs the American government is using against
its enemies. [We URGE you to
see APPENDIX 2
of this article, "FBI targets
THE LOST BOYS."]
Van Auken continues:
"The informant was sent to meet with the five men targeted
by the FBI wearing a concealed recording device. Even the
portions of what the FBI presents as transcripts of recordings
indicate that the informant worked
deliberately to steer them toward the use of explosives.
"As with scores of Muslims who have been framed up and
jailed, they [the 'Cleveland 5' - all of them non-Muslims
protesting against America's financial elites] were lured
by an informer and undercover agents into playing assigned
roles in a crime that was staged and controlled from the outset
by the FBI.
"The government's purpose in staging these operations
in relation to Muslims in the US is clear. They
are designed to lend substance to the so-called war on terror,
justifying wars of aggression abroad and increased surveillance
and repression within the US itself in the name of 'keeping
Americans safe' from a supposedly ubiquitous threat of Al
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS UP TO NOW
Van Auken then "cuts to the chase" regarding
what the government is now doing:
"What is the government's aim in
now turning these same methods against alleged anarchists
expressing hostility to corporate America?
The worm turns
"After the five men were arraigned in federal
court in shackles and leg irons Tuesday afternoon, US Attorney
Steven Dettelbach told a press conference that,
'This case demonstrates that the threat
we face is a diverse one; that terrorism can come in many
hues and from many homelands'."
And so "the worm turns." Van Auken explains:
IS A WARNING. UNDER CONDITIONS OF PROTRACTED ECONOMIC
CRISIS AND GROWING SOCIAL UNREST, THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING
TO USE THE POLICE-STATE METHODS IT DEVELOPED IN THE 'WAR ON
TERROR' TO INTIMIDATE AND SUPPRESS ANY CHALLENGE TO THE RULE
OF CORPORATIONS AND THE FINANCIAL ELITE IN AMERICA. JUDGING
FROM THE GOVERNMENT'S OWN AFFIDAVIT, THE ENTRAPMENT OF THE
HAPLESS 'ANARCHISTS' IN CLEVELAND IS A TEST RUN OF THIS STRATEGY."
VAN AUKEN PROVES TO BE A PROPHET
And as sure as was Van Auken's warning, so sure was what happened
in Chicago a few months later. Kurt Nimmo explains:
"On Saturday Chicago police arrested three patsies 'accused
of making Molotov cocktails' and who were 'planning to attack
Obama's campaign headquarters, Rahm Emanuel's home and other
targets during this weekend's NATO summit', according to prosecutors.
The incident follows a familiar pattern. According to defense
attorneys, police agents provocateurs are
responsible for the Molotov cocktails and the arrests were
timed to discredit protests against the NATO war council
held this weekend in Chicago. [Again, please see our article,
"The Police and Agents Provocateurs."]
"Defense attorney Michael Duetsch said:
'This is just propaganda to create a climate of fear. We
believe this is all a setup and entrapment to the highest
"Two government provocateurs going by the names
'Mo' and 'Gloves' were arrested on Wednesday along with the
other men but have since mysteriously
Obviously, the two that were "mysteriously disappeared:
are "Mo" and "Gloves;" in other words, they were "sprung"
by the Feds and went into hiding.
"Brian Church, 20, Jared Chase, 24, and Brent Vincent Betterly,
24, are charged with providing material support for terrorism,
conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of explosives.
They are being held on $1.5m bond each.
so-called criminal history consists of strolling into
a public high school last year after a night of tequila
drinking and taking a swim in the pool. Chase is an Occupy
activist and does not have a criminal record.
Church, 20, Jared Chase, 24,
and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24
Kevin Gosztola continues the story:
"All but three
of those arrested [i.e., Church, Chase, and Betterly] ...
were finally released Friday night ... The activists had been
held without charge for close to thirty-six hours ... Dan,
one of the activists, described a horrifying experience where
he had been held for a 'number of hours' but did not know
how long exactly because the police did not ever give the
activists the time. They were not charged at any point during
their detention, but Dan says he was threatened with felony
"The police held them as long as they did so they could get
them to falsely confess or snitch on someone in the movement,
'Officers were rude. They would not provide the activists
information on why we were being held in custody. They would
not make a differentiation as to whether we were being detained
in custody or whether we were under arrest and charged with
something. The limbo was held over our heads to terrify
us and make us say something the police could use against
other activists here to protest NATO.
'We were shackled. We were taunted and called junkies,
terrorists and told we smelled'."
NOTE: Rahm Emanuel
claims that the police "crack-down" in Chicago against the
NATO protesters (May 17th - May 21st)
was an attempt to prevent a repeat of the 1968 riot during
the Democrat national convention; but in a 1975-'76 investigation
into what really occurred then, a bi-partisan Senate committee
(the famous "Church Committee") characterized what happened
as a riot instigated by the police.
[Please see our articles on the "Church Committee,"
"Remembering Dachau while Pondering
the Fate of the CIA's Prisoner Scattered around the World,"
"The Ghosts and Phantoms that
Lurk behind the CIA" and "Ashcroft:
Making a List of Dissenters."]
In addition, it is important to note that all the
activists arrested with Church, Chase, and Betterly were
part of an anti-police march that took place on the south
side of Chicago on Tuesday night (May 17th).
They marched on the streets of Bridgeport and wound up
making some of the residents angry.
Finally, one should make note of the fact that the
three activists who remain in jail - again, Church, Chase,
and Betterly - are in a video of several Chicago police
officers pulling them over in Bridgeport on May 9. THE
VIDEO, which went viral, features police questioning
the protesters (i.e., Church, Chase, Betterly and others
in the car) and threatening them ahead of the NATO protest.
They searched the protesters' vehicle and
threatened "pre-emptive police violence against those"
who planned to attend the NATO summit protests.
One officer can be heard in the video saying, "We'll
come look for you, each and every one of you."
The police are then heard making the now infamous line
later chanted by the protesters:
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."
National Lawyers Guild attorney Sarah Gelsomino described
THE VIDEO in question to
"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.
"The charges [against the
three for terrorism] came when it was 2 am in Chicago.
They likely knew they would issue these charges around
9 pm when two activists were released. But since authoritarianism
or police repression works best under cover of the night,
they waited until very late in the night to issue charges.
"It is important to recall that back in 2008, prior
to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, eight
activists were preemptively raided and ultimately charged
with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism."
The national security state has a script, and when it
comes to "National Special Security Events," they stick
to that script pretty well'." [Please see our articles,
"An Inventory of
Practices that Chill Free Speech" and "Are
You Willing to Speak out."]
[We URGE you to see the DEMOCRACY NOW'S Amy Goodman's interview
with Sarah Gelsomino at APPENDIX 3
of this article.]
TOP: Police battering down
the door in Bridgeport; BOTTOM LEFT:
Damage to the door that was busted down; MIDDLE:
Home-brewing kit which police consider to be evidence
of Molotov cocktails (it was later proved that it was
impossible to make Molotov cocktails with this apparatus);
RIGHT: Overturned apartment
search in the apartment.
THE CHICAGO MEDIA PLAYS ITS PART IN KOW-TOWING
TO THE POLICE AND THE FINANCIAL ELITES
"The Chicago Tribune is playing its role as a lapdog
that is willing to serve and be manipulated by the Chicago
police. Here's an interesting nugget from the Tribune's
'The arrests were the result of a month-long investigation
into a group suspected of making Molotov cocktails —
crude bombs usually created by filling glass bottles with
gasoline, according to law enforcement sources and police
records obtained by the Tribune'.
"Why does that strike me? The attorneys representing the
arrestees have not been shown any police records on any "month-long
investigation." The details I have been
able to gather from speaking to arrestees personally make
it seem like the police have, in the past 48 hours, fabricated
all of these details about having some investigation in progress.
Yet, the press get to see the records on arrestees so that
the police can be sure people take the charges against the
activists seriously and do not suspect police abuse or repression
of activists." [We URGE you to see our articles,
"The Corporate State and the
Mass Media," "The Mainline
Media: One Enormous Propaganda Machine" and "Presenting
a Lie as the Truth."]
ITSELF INTO A NAZI STATE
Milton Mayer, a well-known essayist, describes how the German
state was habituated to the kind of police-state that is now
taking hold in the United States. He interviewed a German philologist
who described the process in terms that might sound familiar:
operation - rounding up so-called "enemies of the state."
"What happened was the gradual habituation
of the people, little by little, to be governed by surprise,
to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believe that
the situation was so complicated that the government had to
act on information which the people could not understand,
or so dangerous that, even if people could understand it,
it could not be released because of national security ...
The separation of government from the people, this widening
gap, took place so gradually and insensibly, each step disguised
(perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency
measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with
real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real
reforms too) so occupied the people that they did not see
the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government
growing remoter and remoter ... Each step was so small, so
inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted'
that, unless one were to detach from the whole process from
the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing
was in principle, what all these 'little measures' that no
'patriotic German' could resist must some day lead to, ONE
NO MORE SAW IT DEVELOPING FROM DAY TO DAY THAN A FARMER IN
HIS FIELD SEES THE CORN GROWING ..."
THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO TO
ESCAPE WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE
Sadly, I am telling you the truth when I say that there is NOTHING
that we can do to hide from what's occurring, that is to say,
the transformation of the United States
into a police-state - unless, that is, we crawl
away into some hole and keep our mouths shut like some of my former
colleagues want to do. [Please see our articles, "Understanding
What You Will Be Facing during the Tribulation," "A
Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump" and "Christians:
Once again on the Wrong Side of History."]
TRUTH FROM THE HOUSE TOPS
But to do so would mean that we would
have to ignore Christ's command to us:
"What I tell you in darkness, that
speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that
preach ye upon the housetops." (Matthew 10:17)
Remember the words of Jesus:
"Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess
also before my Father which is in heaven.
shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:28-33)
God bless you all!
IN ADDITION, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS,
PRINT THEM OUT YOURSELF, AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY; SHARE THEM
WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER
WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses
where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems
too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone
poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post
them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden,
near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHURCH
AND THE STATE AT THE END OF THE AGE
Many people - especially those who have grown up in this country
during the last twenty or thirty years and who are thus accustomed
to thinking that civil power can be separated from religious
power - are puzzled as to why the Bible speaks of two Babylons
in the "Latter Days" - one a religious entity and
the other a civil entity. They seem genuinely bewildered by
the picture the Bible uses to portray their relationship one
with the other - a woman (the religious entity) riding a beast
(the civil entity). Why, they ask, does the civil power (the
beast) have need of the religious power (the woman)? The fact
of the matter is, however, there is a fundamental mutual interdependence
between religion and politics, and today's multicultural and
secular elites have been making a grave mistake in believing
otherwise. Why? - because civil power, in the end, must be legitimized,
and an appeal to the fickle and even capricious "democratic
will of the majority" - while adequate enough during periods
of cultural and economic stability - often fails to ensure that
same stability during periods of turmoil and dislocation.
Religion gives sanction to obedience on the part of ordinary
people and it legitimizes the exercise of power
on the part of rulers. For this reason, religion has historically
been impressed into all of society's experiences and actions
- from simple family chores to the corporate activities of the
state. The fact is, in most societies religion has been a state
obligation and responsibility. It has manifested the very essence
of the state itself - so much so that there has rarely been
any question, at least at the popular level, concerning the
vital link between the practice of religion and the health of
the state. To most societies it has seemed self-evident that
all authority emanated from the divine because from no where
else could the certitude so necessary to social order be derived.
The result of religion has been to put men and women in right
relation to their society. It has assured the order and certainty
so necessary to the stability of most social structures. The
proposition that the state could be separated from a religious
undergirding - embodied in the concept of "separation of
church and state" - represents relatively new political
thinking. "Politically correct" academicians in this
country have been making a very grave mistake in over estimating
our society's freedom from a fundamental dependence on a religiously
based ethical system.
Society organizes itself around culture. Culture sets the parameters
of the society. It determines what is "right" and
what is "wrong." It provides the underlying assumptions
upon which society is based. But what a culture determines to
be "right" or "wrong" must be anchored by
something. For example, who is to say whether abortion is "right"
or "wrong?" or whether homosexuality is acceptable
behavior? or whether divorce should be condoned or not? or whether
the society should be organized as a patriarchy? or maybe as
a matriarchy? One may assert that he "feels" homosexuality
is wrong; that abortion is murder; and that men should be the
head of the family. But that's not enough. Others may "feel"
the exact opposite. And an appeal to philosophy to end the argument
is more often than not futile. Philosophical or ethical speculation
in the absence of some kind of an anchor has normally proven
useless for such purposes. Indeed, all it seems to accomplish
is to further erode fixity and stability, the essential ingredients
of the bonds of social existence. In the absence of an acceptable
anchor, philosophical and ethical speculation exists in a state
of perpetual agitation. Should the agitation continue unchecked,
it may lead to the ultimate contempt of all authority.
FBI TARGETS THE LOST BOYS IN
CLEVELAND AS A PRECURSOR TO CHICAGO
By Arun Gupta
With the high-profile arrest of activists on terrorism charges
in Cleveland on May Day and in Chicago during the NATO summit
there, evidence is mounting that the FBI is unleashing the same
methods of entrapment against the Occupy Wall Street movement
that it has used against left movements and Muslim-Americans
for the last decade.
In Cleveland the FBI announced on May 1 that "five self-proclaimed
anarchists conspired to develop multiple terror plots designed
to negatively impact the greater Cleveland metropolitan area."
The FBI claimed the five were nabbed as they attempted to blow
up a bridge the night before using "inoperable" explosives supplied
to them by an undercover FBI employee.
Then on May 19, the day before thousands marched peacefully
in Chicago to protest NATO-led wars, the Illinois State Attorney
hit three men with charges of terrorism for allegedly plotting
to use "destructive devices" against targets ranging from Chicago
police stations to the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Defense attorneys
for the Chicago activists claim their clients, like the Cleveland
activists, were provided with supplies for making Molotov cocktails
by undercover agents in an operation that included the participation
of the FBI and Secret Service. This was followed up on May 20
by the arrest of two other men on terrorism charges in Chicago
for statements they made, which critics say amount to thought
crimes. The Chicago cases are also reportedly the first time
the state of Illinois is charging individuals under its post-September
11 terrorism law.
To hear FBI officials describe it, "Law enforcement took swift,
collaborative action...to eliminate the risk of violence and
protect the public." To many observers, however, the government
itself is the overarching threat, systematically repressing
Will Potter, who analyzes FBI entrapment plots in his book
Green is the New Red, says the two incidents are "a reflection
of an ongoing pattern of behavior from the FBI of singling out
political activists and having a direct influence in creating
so-called terrorist plots for the purpose of proclaiming a victory
in the war on terrorism." Potter claims, "There have been many
other cases like these in which the FBI had a role in manufacturing
the plot itself. We've seen this time and again with animal
rights activists, environmental activists and the anarchist
Simply put, the Cleveland and Chicago cases appear to be instances
of the federal government foiling its own terror plots. Two
days before the Cleveland plot was supposedly thwarted, David
Shipler, author of Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in
Modern America, presciently described in the New York Times
the mechanics of the FBI trap about to be sprung. Shipler wrote
that FBI terror stings typically begin by targeting "suspects
for pure speech" such as comments, emails and "angry postings"
on the Internet. The suspects are then "woo[ed] into relationships
with informers, who are often convicted felons working in exchange
for leniency, or with FBI agents" working undercover. Some suspects
are "incompetent and adrift, like hapless wannabes looking for
a cause that the informer or undercover agent skillfully helps
them find." Noting that the FBI is "cultivating potential terrorists,"
Shipler asked, "would the culprits commit violence on their
That's what the FBI claims - that it thwarted the deadly plans
of Brandon Baxter, 20; Anthony Hayne, 35; Joshua Stafford, 23;
Connor Stevens, 20; and Douglas Wright, 26. The plot allegedly
began last fall after Doug Wright discussed deploying smoke
bombs as a decoy while individuals toppled bank signs from skyscrapers
in downtown Cleveland, and evolved with FBI planning into using
"C4 plastic explosive devices" to demolish a bridge connecting
the Ohio communities of Brecksville and Sagamore Hills.
Stephen Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland
office, claimed during the May 1 press conference "that at no
time during the course of the investigation was the public ever
in danger." So if the public was never in danger, was there
ever a threat?
To get to the bottom of the story I traveled to Cleveland shortly
after the arrests and interviewed about 20 friends and family
members of the "Cleveland 5," as supporters are calling
them. They describe a group of naïve, vulnerable and even
desperate individuals that the FBI preyed on. A government informant
provided the five with jobs, money, a place to live, a friendly
ear, beer, pot, the prescription stimulant Adderall, and most
significant, the ideas and means to carry out a plot conceived
by the Bureau itself.
THE LOST BOYS
Friends describe the five - everyone calls them boys or kids
- as "quasi-hobos" and on the losing end of society. Lea Tolls,
a 46-year-old mother and self-described "Occu-mom," says, "Except
for Connor [Stevens] they were destitute. They are angry, some
have mental illnesses, and there is alcoholism and abuse in
Kaiser, a Cleveland occupier, told me that Doug Wright, the
alleged ringleader, was "like a big brother to me. He ran away
from his parents when he was 12." Everyone invariably mentioned
Wright was a train hopper, an explanation that accounts for
his mangled nose, missing teeth and abrasive manner. Ben Shapiro,
26, an environmental organizer who was active with Occupy Cleveland
last fall, said, "Doug was poor. He was angry, had a hard time
dealing with people and was short-tempered." Nonetheless, numerous
youth said Wright was protective of and cared about them and
was a hard worker. Zachy, a lanky 21-year-old who hung out with
the five, says, "Doug actually did shit. He was running logistics
at the Occupy camp. He was the one that knew how to tie knots
and put tarps on the tents."
The story is the same for the others: lost souls wanting to
help others. Most Cleveland Occupiers were wary of Anthony Hayne,
the oldest of the accused, labeling him a "con man," "swindler"
and "schemer." Lea Tolls defended him, stating, "Tony was an
addict, and we treated him accordingly." Others added that Hayne's
mother died a week before Occupy Cleveland began. Jonnie Peskar,
22, a member of Occupy Cleveland, says one night another defendant,
Brandon Baxter, told him his life story, "He grew up in violence.
He and his dad would fist fight. Brandon talked about how he
was traumatized growing up."
Gloria, a friend of Brandon Baxter's, called him "an absolute
joy to be around. He wants to help everyone he comes in contact
with." But he also suffered from "horrible depression" and tried
to kill himself in February by jumping off a bridge before being
talked down by cops, she claimed. "He spent weeks in the hospital
from the suicide attempt." As for Joshua Stafford, who is known
as Skelly, his mother anonymously told the media of a troubled
life, saying he had been "in and out of hospitals, prisons,
jails. He's just been a troubled soul since he's been born."
Joshua Stafford and Brandon Baxter are also described as highly
impressionable. Tolls says Stafford, "would have done anything
anyone told him to, just to have friends." Peskar says Brandon
Baxter admitted to him, "'I'm easily brainwashed because I was
pulled into being a Neo-Nazi.' Brandon was in a very confused
state. He always contradicted himself. He didn't know what he
Of the five, only Brandon Baxter and Connor Stevens appear
to be in contact with their families. Curious as to how Stevens
was caught up in the trap, I sat down with his family in their
modest ranch house in the suburbs of Cleveland to hear of a
thoughtful and passionate young man trying to surmount life's
obstacles on the path to adulthood. Stevens' mother Gail describes
her son as "extremely intelligent" although "school
didn't engage him." Connor Stevens dropped out his junior year.
In his sophomore year, Stevens and some friends founded a social
justice group called "Fighters for Freedom" that was quickly
shut down by the school administration. He was also elected
class president, but was not allowed to serve because of a low
grade point average. When he was 16 he told his family he was
gay, which his siblings said neither surprised nor fazed them.
Gail also spoke of family troubles that affected Connor and
her other children deeply - her mother and sister passing away
in quick succession, followed less than a year later by her
husband James running afoul of the law in 2001, which resulted
in more than two years in prison for him and the dissolution
of their marriage. Gail went from a stay-at-home mom to the
sole breadwinner and had to handle the stress of moving her
family into her father's house.
Occupy gave Connor Stevens a sense of belonging. Gail says,
"I was excited for him. There was something he could actually
be part of in Cleveland." In early 2012 he began to say "he
wanted to be a pastor. He felt he was being called." She read
a letter Stevens sent her from the Corrections Corporation of
America facility near Youngstown, Ohio, where he is being held.
"I am in good spirits and feel at the top of my game physically,
mentally, spiritually. ... I have great faith and do not underestimate
the power of prayers. The bible I'm reading, the New American,
in which I've been focusing on the Old Testament, speaks constantly
of the Lord's uplifting the oppressed, siding with the poor,
the downtrodden, the widows and the orphans. I believe God
is on our side. The scripture you quoted from Jeremiah is
very fitting. And just before I came down to our last visitation
... I read Psalms 27:1. This is my rock, this passage. It
The Plot Begins
Cleveland 5 supporters claim that Connor Stevens and possibly
others were threatened to participate in the plot. Others interpret
as a threat a comment in the FBI affidavit in which the informant
tells the group they are "on the hook" for the explosives. Interviews
with more than a dozen Cleveland activists also provide evidence
that a possible FBI asset by the name of Ryan is still floating
around Cleveland and is cryptically mentioned just once as "Ryan
LNU" (Last Name Unknown) in the criminal complaint against the
The FBI plot begins on October 21. On that day the city of
Cleveland announced it was shutting down the two-week-old occupation
in the downtown Public Square. Organizers say Occupy Cleveland
held a rally on Oct. 21 more than 500 strong, including nonviolent
civil disobedience, while choosing to roll up dozens of tents
in the camp so as to save its equipment from imminent confiscation
by the police.
Also on Oct. 21, the FBI's "Confidential Human Source" (CHS),
subsequently identified as Shaquille Azir, made contact with
Douglas Wright. The affidavit states: "Based on an initial report
of potential criminal activity and threats involving anarchists
who would be attending an event held by a protest group, the
Cleveland FBI directed the CHS to attend that event." That night,
the FBI report continues, while most occupiers were engaged
in protest, a group of seven men "was constantly moving throughout
the crowd expressing displeasure at the crowd's unwillingness
to act violently."
Numerous friends of the five dispute this account, saying violence
was never raised. Because there is no audio recording of the
encounter, as there are for many others, the FBI claims could
easily be fabricated, which would mean the basis for the investigation
was spurious. People present say there was a tactical dispute
between "do-it-yourself" punk kids, which the five identified
with, who wanted to keep the camp going, and more mainstream,
college-educated occupiers who agreed to take down dozens of
tents while staging a nonviolent civil disobedience action to
demonstrate support for free speech rights. Zachy and Natalie,
friends of the five, say the punk kids were disillusioned with
both the decision to end the occupation and what they saw as
an ineffectual protest, but no one discussed violence.
'Silly Kid Things'
Zachy says, "About a week after the collapse of tent city on
Oct. 21, we created a group called the Revolutionary People's
Army. We were being romantic. We were drunk and high ... Doug,
Connor, Brandon, Joshua and Tony were all involved in the RPA.
There were a couple of serious meetings and it turned into spray
painting Guy Fawkes masks, 'Rise Up' and 'RPA' and 'circle A'
anarchist symbols around town. We also plastered 'Wake Up' with
circle A and Occupy stickers. RPA was real tongue-in-cheek.
It was silly kid things."
Tolls calls them "boys playing cowboys and Indians with fireworks
and spray paint," adding, "They were trying to empower
themselves and passionately wanted to change their world. Occupy
gave them hope. They were targeted by the FBI and culled from
a peaceful group. They were guided toward this by individuals
who provided the means and motivation. They didn't have these
violent actions in them."
It was from these childish antics that the FBI claims that
Doug Wright conjured up the initial plot - deploying smoke bombs
as cover as while toppling bank signs from buildings such as
the Key Bank tower. Friends of Doug Wright laugh at the allegations.
They mention that with Wright's smashed-up face and punk attire
he would not even be allowed into the building, much less be
able to scale the 947-foot-tall skyscraper and blast off the
enormous red key affixed to the outside.
Ben Shapiro, who is highly regarded in the activist community,
says he noticed suspicious activities he interprets as police
disruption. "Certain people were actively trying to isolate
the Cleveland 5 from other organizers last fall by spreading
rumors they were FBI agents." Additionally, says Shapiro, during
the first few weeks of the occupation at the centrally located
Public Square, "We saw people in strange white vans circling
around the square, conducting surveillance. They were parked
in an area downtown where anyone else would have been towed
or ticketed within minutes."
After the encampment ended, Shapiro says he was concerned about
the punk kids and cautioned them against engaging in unsafe
behavior. "They had every reason to be frustrated - there were
poor group dynamics and an inability to reoccupy the square."
At the same time, he adds, "They were good kids and were coming
up with elaborate plans on how to hide their tents in backpacks."
Shapiro says the activity wasn't a strategic answer to the loss
of space, but "it was very spirited."
In hindsight, says Shapiro, there was "evidence of narcs ...
People spreading rumors, isolating members of the community,
providing money, transportation and space." He emphasizes he
is referring not only to Shaquille Azir, but to the shadowy
Ryan as well. When he heard news of the arrests, Shapiro says,
"I saw the list of names. I saw this group of kids that had
been targeted was now entrapped. It seems so fabricated."
Zachy says during the next few months the five except for Anthony
Hayne (whom he said was serving a jail sentence) would regularly
stop by the one remaining tent downtown to pull night shifts.
Zachy adds that in early November Ryan tried to recruit him
to meet Shaquille Azir, telling him, "This guy is buying us
breakfast and will give us a house with no strings attached."
Zachy says he was suspicious and declined the offer. Despite
multiple claims that Ryan is in contact with Azir and even recruiting
people to meet him in the fall, Ryan is only mentioned once
in the affidavit in February 2012.
Over the winter, according to the FBI affidavit, the contact
between Shaquille Azir and Doug Wright is sporadic. Azir and
Wright reconnect in mid-February at the same time Occupy Cleveland
rents a warehouse as a crash pad for occupiers who were maintaining
a presence at the tent.
Anarchist Romper Room
In mid-May, I ventured to the red-brick warehouse dubbed the
"fortress." Entering the decrepit building was like walking
into an anarchist Romper Room: tents pitched indoors, graffiti,
belongings strewn about, people dozing mid-day, dirty dishes
and pungent toilet odors. It was here that Brandon Baxter, Connor
Stevens, Tony Hayne and Joshua Stafford reassembled. I joined
half a dozen people around a table as they puffed hand-rolled
cigarettes incessantly. They were clearing out as the lease
was up the next day. Right off the bat, Zachy said, "A lot of
us had never lived in a communal situation. This was the first
time living away from our parents. Dishes were always a fight.
We're a bunch of uneducated kids."
When the topic of cleaning came up, Rachel jumped in, "I got
the name 'mother hen' for always complaining. 'Come on guys,
clean this trash up.'"
The discussion repeatedly circled around to Ryan. The warehouse
crew expressed suspicion because Ryan appeared in mid-October,
saying he drove up from Florida, but soon had connections to
Azir, whom virtually no one ever met outside the five. They
also mentioned Ryan would take regular road trips in his car
and claim his steady source of income was via his parents wiring
money to him.
In April everything comes to a head. Jonnie Peskar said Doug
Wright seemed excited one day in early April. He says Wright
told him, "Today is going to be a really good day. My boss has
some joints waiting." Peskar continues, "Shortly thereafter
Doug asked Connor if he wanted work. They told me multiple times,
'It's a really cool job. He gives us beer. He smokes us out.'"
Gail said this is the first job her son ever had in his life,
the first time he made money - five bucks an hour. She showed
me text messages Connor Stevens sent her at the time:
"A long day of labor for me. Made $60, long day 9:30 am to
9:30 pm ... If I wanna do it again, I gotta get up at 9 tomorrow.
"I kinda feel like an ant"
"My friend Doug got me the job. The $ goes fast. Turned out
not to have work today. Still needa get footwear."
As the alleged plot to blow up the bridge takes shape, the
warehouse members say Shaquille Azir would swing by the warehouse
in the morning to pick up the boys to do home repairs, but he
would sit in the car and never interact with anyone else. Rachel
says she asked Doug Wright for work with Azir, but was rebuffed,
as were others who offered their services. Friends of Baxter's
say Wright hooked him up with work with Shaquille April.
Peskar says jobs weren't the only thing Azir was hooking them
up with. Baxter admitted to him that he was taking Adderall,
a widely abused prescription stimulant. Peskar says, "Connor
was also taking it, and mentioned, 'I have a connect for Adderall.'
Both Wright and Baxter said the connection for the Adderall
was Azir. I asked Baxter where he got it from, and he said 'Doug's
The warehouse was also buzzing with rumors that something was
afoot. One individual told me that someone asked him, "Did you
hear that Doug is trying to blow up a bridge?" The individual
said, "I literally laughed it off. I said Doug is a moron. He
doesn't know how to do anything like that." Another person fingered
Ryan as the source of the rumors. Ryan allegedly told them in
early April, "The warehouse is going to get raided. There are
people who are going to do something dangerous with explosives.
It's sitting at a house."
I pointed out to the warehouse group that after such a dramatic
incident like the arrest of the five on terrorism charges, there
is a tendency to see everything that happened over the previous
months in a paranoid light. Julia Boyd, who is active with Occupy
Cleveland, says, "A lot of the detrimental effects of this is
everyone is suspicious of everyone else."
I suggested maybe Ryan is just crazy, not an FBI operative.
One person got Ryan on the line and put him on speaker phone.
After a minute of small talk, Ryan claimed someone they all
knew had been arrested. Everyone was concerned this signaled
a wider sweep of activists on terrorism charges. Except hours
later I met up with the person in question who was never arrested
and was adamant that Ryan is an FBI operative. I was able to
find Ryan's number and called him. A male answered who claimed
he wasn't Ryan and hung up after a minute. Subsequent attempts
to contact Ryan by phone were unsuccessful.
It remains to be seen if Ryan is on the FBI payroll or just
mentally unhinged, but lawyers told me that at minimum Ryan
would be of interest for the defense lawyers for the five and
it might be possible to determine if he is a paid agent. Another
lawyer, who has been handling high-profile political cases like
the Cleveland 5 for nearly 40 years, mentioned that in addition
to the use of undercover agents and informants, the FBI employs
"agent provocateurs" to infiltrate and discredit political
movements, changing the name of programs to make it appear as
if it has reformed its underhanded ways.
In the case of the five Chicago activists who have been swept
up on terrorism charges, defense attorneys charge that two police
informants nicknamed "Mo" and "Gloves" were the masterminds.
In the post-9/11 era the FBI has up to 60,000 informants and
spies around the United States, according to an expose by Mother
Jones. The FBI cut its teeth as a repressive police force during
the Red Scare after World War 1, raiding homes and deporting
thousands of legal foreign-born radicals in the labor, anarchist
and socialist movements. After World War II, the FBI destroyed
thousands of lives and decimated the left during the McCarthy
Era. The FBI famously spied on Martin Luther King, Jr., during
the 1960s and at one point thousands of agents were devoted
to disrupting and sabotaging the anti-Vietnam War, student and
black liberation movements.
During the 1980s the FBI spied on Central American solidarity
activists. Since Sept. 11 the FBI has snared hundreds of Muslim
Americans in cases involving informants who supplied the ideas,
motivation and means for a terrorist plot. In recent years the
FBI has termed "animal rights and environmental extremists,"
as well as anarchists as some of the main domestic terrorist
threats. It has used infiltrators, most infamously one code-named
Anna, to entrap environmental activists. In 2008, the FBI sent
a snitch by the name of Brandon Darby on a fishing expedition,
and he managed to cajole and push two Austin, Texas youth into
agreeing to make Molotov cocktails at the Republican National
Convention in St. Paul, Minn. These were all political cases
as are the two against the Cleveland 5 and the Chicago group.
The fact that the FBI sprang cases during the biggest Occupy
events this year - May Day and NATO - indicates it has the Occupy
movement in its sights. They are hardly the only ones. Reams
of federal government documents secured by the Partnership for
Civil Justice Fund reveal widespread government surveillance
and information gathering on the movement ranging from the Department
of Homeland Security to the Pentagon. The public interest legal
organization asserts that the documents regarding Occupy Wall
Street "scratch the surface of a mass intelligence network including
Fusion Centers, saturated with 'anti-terrorism' funding, that
mobilizes thousands of local and federal officers and agents
to investigate and monitor the social justice movement."
For now the Cleveland 5 are languishing in jail. Connor Stevens
and Doug Wright have been on suicide watch according to those
who visited them. Brandon Baxter wrote in a letter dated May
19, "So Skelly was just dragged out of his cell a bit ago, He
wrote 'They all want me to DIE' all over his walls, They said
they'll bring him back, but he may be a suicide watch for awhile."
Their trial has been set for September 17, 2012, the one-year
anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, after the defense objected
to Sept. 11, which was originally scheduled as the trial start
Summing up the feeling of many supporters, Lea Tolls says,
despite their hard backgrounds the five "all have good hearts
and souls. I tried to give them comfort, guidance and stability.
I used to call them my lost boys, and now they're very lost.
The richest country in the world can't support them, give them
healthcare, a proper education and they end up falling through
the cracks. Instead of helping them, the FBI targets them for
something nefarious and violent. It's just disgusting that the
government uses them towards this end."
SARAH GELSOMINO ON DEMOCRACY NOW
After the past weekend in Chicago at the NATO summit where
nearly 100 protesters were arrested, Amy Goodman of Democracy
Now! speaks to National Lawyers Guild attorney Sarah Gelsomino
who is representing on of the five activists charged with terror-related
crimes. Two are accused of attempted possession of explosives
or incendiary devices, and three more are accused of conspiracy
to commit terrorism, material support for terrorism and possession
While many have been impressed by what is viewed as restraint
on the part of the Chicago police department as far as violence
towards occupy protesters goes, the #NoNATO protests may well
be unparalleled in the abuse of legal authority and flagrant
disregard for constitutional rights by law enforcement.
Gelsomino says the so-called "NATO Three" were set
up by government informants who planted the explosives. "Our
clients who are facing the most serious charges of terrorism
are actually in solitary confinement right now, we just learned,"
Gelsomino says. "A very top priority this week is to get
them out of that extremely punitive and extremely dangerous
condition that they're in right now."
AMY GOODMAN: We turn to the protesters detained
during the NATO summit. According to the Chicago Police Department,
nearly a hundred people were arrested over the course of the
week. Five of them stand accused of terrorism-related offenses.
Two men were arrested over the weekend for allegedly engaging
in threatening behavior before the NATO summit. Sebastian Senakiewicz
was charged with falsely making a terrorist threat, and Mark
Neiweem was accused of attempted possession of explosives or
Before the weekend began, three activists were arrested on
terror charges for an alleged plot to attack President Obama's
campaign headquarters and other sites around Chicago during
the NATO summit. Jared Chase, Brent Betterly and Brian Jacob
Church are accused of conspiracy to commit terrorism, material
support for terrorism and possession of explosives. Police say
they recovered materials for making Molotov cocktails in a raid
last week. But attorneys for the so-called "NATO Three"
say they were set up by government informants who planted the
explosives. Supporters also say police seized equipment that
was used for brewing homemade beer.
Michael Deutsch, an attorney for the protesters with the National
Lawyers Guild, accused Chicago police of entrapment.
MICHAEL DEUTSCH: Obviously, we don't have access
to all the information that the state has. But what we do know
is, is that there were police—undercover police officers
that ingratiated themselves with people who come from out of
town. And from our information, these so-called incendiary devices
and the plans to attack police stations, attack the mayor's
office, is all coming from the mind of the police informants
and are not coming from our clients, who are nonviolent protesters.
They are not anarchists. They don't belong to a Black Bloc organization.
They're involved with nonviolent protest. And what we believe
is, is that this is a way to stir up prejudice against the people
who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
AMY GOODMAN: To discuss the implications of these
charges, we're going to Chicago to speak with Sarah Gelsomino,
an attorney with the People's Law Office and the National Lawyers
Guild. She's representing one of the protesters facing terror
charges from the summit.
Welcome to Democracy Now!, Sarah.
SARAH GELSOMINO: Thank you, Amy.
AMY GOODMAN: Talk about exactly what happened.
SARAH GELSOMINO: Well, last Wednesday night at
around 11:30 at night, the Chicago police executed a midnight
raid on a house in the Bridgeport area in the Near South Side
in Chicago, and they entered three different—excuse me,
four apartment buildings in that house. In one of those apartments,
they arrested nine people. In the other three, they, without
warrant or consent, detained the individuals who lived in those
building—in those apartments, interrogated them about
their political beliefs and about their knowledge of the people
who lived in that apartment where they arrested the nine people
and searched their apartments. They also entered that fourth
apartment, again without showing a warrant and without any consent.
And there is where they eventually arrested the nine people.
They arrested two additional people down the street. Six of
those people have since been released without charges. As you
know, the NATO Three are facing very serious terrorism threats—or
terrorism charges. And the other two are who we now believe
to be police informants.
AMY GOODMAN: And how do you know that they're
SARAH GELSOMINO: You know, we haven't received
any information, really at any point since Wednesday night,
when this raid happened, from the city of Chicago or the Chicago
Police Department. All that we know about the allegations in
this case come from the proffer, which was read in court on
Saturday by the state's attorneys prosecuting this case.
But through our own investigation, we have been able to uncover
evidence of these two informants. And interestingly, as I said,
they were arrested in that apartment building on Wednesday night.
They were held for a short period of time with the other individuals
who were arrested in that building, but upon transfer from one
station to another, they were pulled out. Other people who were
arrested said that the police said, "Those people aren't—they're
not in the computer. Get them out of here." And the police
took them out of custody, and they haven't been seen since.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the car that
was stopped on Wednesday night with the group of people that
were let go then? They actually then posted the video and the
audio of their arrests online, and then their house was raided,
and they ultimately were charged with terror-related offenses.
SARAH GELSOMINO: Right. These three individuals
who are facing these charges were stopped the previous week
by the Chicago Police Department without—again, without
any justification whatsoever, a legal justification, for that
stop. They were pulled over by the Chicago Police Department,
surrounded by numerous police cars and multiple police officers,
and were interrogated for hours about all kinds of things.
And I met with them, actually, after that video was released
on the internet, and they said to us that as soon as they identified
themselves as being associated with the Occupy movement—they
came up from Occupy in Florida to join with Occupy here in Chicago
to protest NATO this week. They said as soon as the police learned
that information, they became extremely harassing and threatening.
And as you may have heard in that YouTube video, the police
did in fact threaten those three—those people in that
car, talked about in 19—
AMY GOODMAN: On what grounds?
SARAH GELSOMINO: Well, they talked about smashing
skulls in 1968, and then they said, "We'll be out there
this weekend, and we'll be coming to look for you."
AMY GOODMAN: And talk about—
SARAH GELSOMINO: It's interesting that those
are the individuals who are now facing these charges.
AMY GOODMAN: And so, what happened when they
raided their place? Talk about the beer-making equipment.
SARAH GELSOMINO: Sure. You know, what happened
was, we at the National Lawyers Guild have been—have a
legal support hotline, so we've been available 24 hours a day
to get phone calls from people on the street about what's happening,
you know, where the police have been present, what kind of police
misconduct has been happening, where people are arrested.
So we received word of this midnight raid. And as soon as we
received that word, we began to look for our clients. And we
tried every echelon of the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police
Department, as their lawyers, looking for our clients in police
custody, and we could get nowhere. We called every police station.
We called the superintendent's office. We called the corporation
counsel's office, which is the city attorney's office. And they
would not tell us that they had our clients in custody. They
would not tell us that our clients had ever been arrested. And
they would not confirm to us that there was a raid. So we, through
our own investigation, were searching and searching and finally
found these individuals at 4:00 p.m. the day after they had
been taken away and held in secret for the day.
In the course of that time, we interviewed other people who
were present for the raid, who observed it, and we learned some
of the items that were confiscated by the police department
included beer-making equipment. The individuals who live in
that house are home brewers. It's a hobby that they have. And
so, at least we know some of what has been confiscated by the
police department is this home brewing equipment.
But, Amy, we have not seen any search warrant in this case.
We have not seen any affidavit of probable cause. And we certainly
have not seen any inventory of anything that was confiscated.
So we are still really in the dark about what the state is claiming
that the police department has to support these really sensationalized
What we saw happen on the streets of Chicago after the main
permitted protest here on Sunday night was atrocious and absolutely
unconscionable behavior by the police department. At the end
of that protest, the police department rolled out massive amounts
of police officers in riot gear—and not just the Chicago
Police Department. We know at least—I had one legal observer
who was on the street report to me that he saw at least five
full buses of the Illinois State Police officers in riot gear
pouring out at the end of that march. And they set themselves
up in a way on the street to—in a way that did not permit
easy egress from that position, from that place at the end of
the march, shutting down half of the street, Cermak, and then
positioning themselves so that whoever wanted to leave that
march had to run a gauntlet single file through police officers
in riot gear. And as you can see on the videos that have been
shown around the country, the police ended up that night unleashing
absolutely uncontrolled, indiscriminate violence against the
individuals at the front of that march, with billy—wielding
billy clubs that caused—we know of at least 70 very serious
injuries, and we anticipate hearing about many, many more as
the days go forward.
AMY GOODMAN: You know, Democracy Now! was there
on the streets of the protests. There was this very solemn ceremony
of U.S. vets of Iraq and Afghanistan—
SARAH GELSOMINO: Right.
AMY GOODMAN: —hurling their service and
war medals at the gate of the NATO summit to return them to
the generals. And as they were doing this, everyone was very
quiet, thousands of people, as one by one these vets came up
and explained why they were giving back their medals. The riot
police were moving in, in formation, quietly lining up around
the vets. And the vets were asking the police, "Why are
you doing this? This is a peaceful rally," as they—as
more and more of them on horseback and in helmets came. But
they could not head off these formations. Then they were able
to move on, the veterans, but the police moved very quickly
in on the others in the crowd. And as we walked with the veterans,
a young man came running up to us, three of them. One of them
had his teeth bashed in, his two front teeth. We broadcast what
he had to say yesterday. Sarah Gelsomino, where are your clients
now, and what are your plans?
SARAH GELSOMINO: Our clients—well, we have
many clients, unfortunately, from this week of protests. We
know of over a hundred arrests that happened throughout this
week, and the National Lawyers Guild stands ready to represent
all of them.
Our clients who are facing the most serious charges of terrorism
are actually in solitary confinement right now, we just learned.
So we have—a very top priority this week is to get them
out of that extremely punitive and extremely dangerous condition
that they're in right now. They've essentially been in solitary
now since they were picked up on Wednesday night. And we appear
in court for the NATO Three this morning and for the other two
As for our other clients, our top priority is to make sure
everyone's safe, that all the injuries are documented. And we
will continue on to represent people in the criminal charges
that they're facing. Most people are facing now misdemeanor
charges. We have a—some people were released without custody
after that melee Sunday night, and—but most people, as
I said, have walked out with either ordinance violations, like
city tickets, or misdemeanor charges. And so, at this point,
we need to move forward with that criminal representation.
AMY GOODMAN: And the number of people you estimate
were arrested in this last week, Sarah?
SARAH GELSOMINO: Well, over a hundred, we can
say for sure we've had reported arrested to us. On Sunday night,
over 60 people were arrested.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you very much
for being with us, Sarah Gelsomino, an attorney—
SARAH GELSOMINO: Thank you, Amy.
We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the
eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR
HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN"
WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank"
insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned
- a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY
trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN
rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners
in the abject poverty that American corporations have
imposed on the peoples and nations the American military
machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE
THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME
OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles,
"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
the American New World Order System" and "The
American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary
YOU CAN HELP BY EMAILING
THIS ARTICLE TO
YOUR FRIENDS AND