NATO 3: Undercover Cop “Gloves” Continues Testimony, More Tomorrow.

Undercover cop Nadia Chikko, aka “Gloves,” spent the day on the stand giving testimony about a litany of audio recordings from the wires that she and the other undercover cop involved in this case, Mohmet (“Mo” or “Turk”) Nguyen, wore while infiltrating the Chicago activist community and targeting these defendant. The state has introduced 55 audio recordings into evidence. Chikko’s testimony went through more than 30 of the recordings today, with the remaining expected to be covered tomorrow. Continue reading

NATO 3: Opening Statements Conclude, Undercover Cop “Gloves” Begins Testimony.

The NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, Brian Jacob Church—started their trial today with a full complement of defense attorneys and a courtroom packed with supporters. The prosecutors started off the opening arguments and were immediately followed by the defense attorneys. After the lunch recess, an audio technician who enhanced the audio on a number of tapes that make up a key part of the state’s alleged evidence against the three defendants testified that he had enhanced the audibility of the tapes but not altered the content in any way. His testimony was immediately followed by Chicago Police Officer Nadia Chikko, known as “Gloves” during her infiltration of the Chicago activist community. Continue reading

Jury Selected for NATO 3, Trial Set to Begin Next Tuesday.

Today, the final jury members were selected for the NATO 3 trial. *The trial itself is scheduled to begin next Tuesday, January 21st at 11am in Courtroom 606 at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse, 2650 South California Avenue.* We are encouraging everyone to pack the courtroom for the NATO 3 starting next Tuesday! We also have solidarity t-shirts available online now! https://www.wepay.com/stores/freethenato3 Continue reading

NATO 3: Sheriff’s Office Announces Sign-Up Procedure for Attending Trial.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has announced the spectator sign-up procedure for anyone wishing to attend any part of the NATO 3 trial. If you want to attend trial to show support and solidarity for the defendants, you will need to follow this procedure and abide by the judge’s decorum order (we will post this revised order once it is made publicly available). Continue reading

NATO 3: Prosecution Reduces Charges to 7 of the Original 11, Public Viewing Restrictions Announced

The NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Brian Jacob Church, and Jared Chase—sat through another full day of jury selection today. Jury selection will resume tomorrow morning. A significant development in the case today was that the prosecution will not be trying an additional 2 counts that the defendants had been facing, reducing the number for trial down to 7 of the original 11 counts. The defendants will now be tried on the charges of material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an incendiary device (4 counts), and solicitation to commit arson. Continue reading

NATO 3 Jury Selection Has Begun, 2 Charges Dropped!

Jury selection in the NATO 3 conspiracy and terrorism case began this morning and continued until the late evening. In the morning, the prosecution announced that two charges (Counts 10 and 11) had been dropped. These were both unlawful use of a weapon charges. The defendants are now heading towards trial with 9 counts instead of the 11 they have faced since they were arrested in May 2012. Continue reading

NATO 3 Jury Selection Postponed Until Mon., Jan. 13th.

On Monday, January 6, we learned that jury selection had been postponed until the following Monday, January 13. We do not know the date when the trial itself will start, but we will keep you updated as we learn more information. We are also not asking people to pack the courtroom for jury selection due to limited seating, but will be asking everyone to come out for the trial itself, so stay tuned! Continue reading

Campaign Finance Reform is the answer! The start and the solution! Take away the influence of money in elections AND subsequent political dealings. Period. Forever. Thank you!

The time is now to start a support group in your State, City, and community areas. Mid term elections are coming up and we the people need to take control of the election process, and the workings of our elected officials once voted into ‘public service’ positions. Yes, ‘Public Service’ positions; not ‘Corporate’ or ‘Special Interest’ positions. Create referendum measures in your State that can make it onto the election ballots to be voted into law by YOU THE PEOPLE. Collect signatures on petitions and force your State Legislature to include a PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCE referendum measure in the 2014 Elections. Once presented at this level the movement can be made ready for use to protect and support public campaign finance efforts in the 2016 National Elections, and beyond. Continue reading