NATO terror plot details emerge
May 20th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

NATO terror plot details emerge

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Two suspects who appeared in court in Cook County, Illinois, on Sunday are not believed to be part of an alleged terror plot in Chicago during the NATO summit, prosecutors said Sunday.

Instead, charges against the two arose from "related investigations," authorities said.

Three men had previously been charged in the NATO plot, with authorities saying they planned to target President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several other law enforcement and financial sites.

The three men charged in the NATO plot were identified as Brian Church, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jared Chase, 27, of Keene, New Hampshire; and Brent Betterly, 24, who told police he resides in Massachusetts, authorities said. An Illinois judge set bail at $1.5 million for each.

The three were charged with material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and possession of explosives or incendiary devices, authorities said. The three men were arrested Wednesday, and charges were announced Saturday, according to authorities.

A lawyer representing the three has called the accusations against them "propaganda" and said authorities "infiltrated" a peaceful group and set the men up.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Selina

    I do check them as soon as I can. But the best way to post comments is to byasps moderation all together. To do that, try not to post more than one link per comment. Make multiple comments for multiple links.-Matt

    June 28, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  2. asdf

    1,5 million for these schmoes?

    What about wallstreet bankers that are imploding and destroying the lives of millions in USA right now?

    this is disgusting. 1.5 million............. wow

    June 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply

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