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2 NATO Protesters Arrested, Charged With Terrorism

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Posted on May 21, 2012
AP/M. Spencer Green

Activists rally in Chicago’s financial district last week, ahead of the NATO summit.

Two men involved in the NATO summit protests in Chicago are being held on separate terrorism charges. One is accused of making a false threat about blowing up a highway overpass. The other is charged with discussing the making of a pipe bomb.

Authorities said the arrests were unrelated to the apprehension of three men who authorities claim were planning to attack President Obama’s campaign headquarters, the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police departments and banks. —ARK

The New York Times:

On Sunday, prosecutors announced that they had filed charges against Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, accusing him of falsely making a terrorist threat by claiming that he had homemade explosives — hidden in a hollowed-out “Harry Potter” book at his house — that could blow up a highway overpass. No explosives were found in a search of Mr. Senakiewicz’s home, the prosecutors said.

Separately, Mark Neiweem, 28, who was also believed to be from Chicago, was charged with “solicitation for possession” of explosives or incendiary devices. Prosecutors said he had discussed making a pipe bomb with an associate. He wrote a list, the prosecutors said, of all the items he thought he needed for the bomb.

Lawyers for both men denied the charges, and suggested that the authorities in Chicago were overstating the claims as a warning to the thousands of protesters, some of them linked to the Occupy movement, who have descended on the city for the summit meeting.

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By TheEnd, May 23, 2012 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

This is what a police state looks like.

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By gerard, May 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

QUOTE:  “On Sunday, prosecutors announced that they had filed charges against Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, accusing him of falsely making a terrorist threat by claiming that he had homemade explosives — hidden in a hollowed-out “Harry Potter” book at his house — that could blow up a highway overpass. No explosives were found in a search of Mr. Senakiewicz’s home, the prosecutors said.” 
  What on earth does this mean:  ...“falsely making a terrorist threat by claiming”.. and ...“had a homemade explosive hidden in a hollowoed-out “Harry Potter book”  yet NO EXPLOSIVES WERE FOUND! ...
  Now it’s a crime both to “falsely make a terrorist threat” and to “make a terrorist threat” for real?
And are we to suppose, then, that one is punishable by ordinary rendition while the other requires extraordinary rendition?
  And as to the hollowed-out Harry Potter in which NO EXPLOSIVES WERE FOUND?  Can we safely presume that Dumbledore has stored them in a crypt somewhere on the back 40? Or is this all getting too Hollywood to be credible?  Is J.K.Rowling sitting in a coffee shop somewhere on Santa Monita Boulevard, watching Rome burn and cooking up another sequel based on the Occupy Movement? And we are all trapped in our own gullibility? Can’t we just poke it with a pin and it will wake up?  I wish!

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By PatrickHenry, May 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

So now ‘bullshit’ is a terrorist act.

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By Jeff N., May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

castration! double castration!

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