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Saturday, May 19, 2012

You Are A Terrorist Sympathizer. Get Used To It.

"Terrorist Raid" from Brazil

I don't know if they were planning on making Molotov cocktails.

Most reports of the preemptive raid in Chicago last Wednesday night claim that "beer-making equipment" was confiscated from a Bridgeport (Chicago) apartment.
Chicago Tribune - 3 men face terrorism charges stemming from pre-NATO raid:
Three out-of-state men arrested in a Bridgeport apartment raid days before the NATO summit were charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing material support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or incendiary device, their attorney and police said early Saturday.

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.

But the National Lawyers Guild, which is representing the men, said they were simply NATO protesters who had beer-making equipment when the apartment they were staying at was raided overnight Wednesday.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, via
Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, tells AP the men are "absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from."
We should all be in shock.

I don't know if they were planning on making Molotov cocktails, and I suddenly don't care.

Despite whatever romantic cachet Molotov cocktails enjoy in revolutionary lore, they are crude and dangerous devices, with only destruction on the agenda. One hopes that they would have no place in the revolution, and I might hold up for ridicule and denunciation any would-be protesters for going there.

But when the State decides that this activity suddenly rises to "conspiracy to commit terrorism" and "providing material support for terrorism" I become instantly sympathetic to the alleged perpetrators.

This is no slippery-slope towards a future hypothetical totalitarian police state. This is a bare-naked cliff-dive. If bottles, rags & gasoline can get you indefinite detention, enhanced interrogation, and extraordinary rendition (and make no mistake about it - whether or not these are inflicted upon "the Chicago three," such "tools" are available to the government under current anti-terrorism statutes), it becomes nothing to whisk away, say, a blogger who expresses sympathy with one who may have done so.

Or the reader of such a blog.

Once you are designated a terrorist, or a terrorist sympathizer, you are toast in the Land of the Free. This has already been established - the provisional exemptions recently won by Chris Hedges & co. backhandedly validate this (the rest of the NDAA has survived this initial judicial vetting, for example.)

If there were ever any questions in anyone's mind as to whether or not our "War on Terror" would be turned upon ourselves, those questions have been answered today.

Remember this, from last December? Yea, that was Great Britain.


I think that most would agree that this if this indeed turns out to be "beer-making equipment," the State will have egg on its face. By my lights, however, the yolk drips already.

It is a measure of the weakness of the State that it should wield such a heavy hammer against its own citizens.


  1. I was one of the 11 persons arrested in Bridgeport. I was released after being disappeared for 12 hours (National Legal Guild couldn't find out where we were) and detained for 30 hours without charges. There were two carboys of nicely brewing stout next to where I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on the kitchen floor when I was awakened with a flashlight and the muzzle of an automatic handgun in my face.

    Your conclusions about the heavy-handedness of this bogus action are warranted. The NATO 5 should be released.


    1. Sorry to hear about that, Tarheel... keep fighting the good fight (and I know you will.)



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