Dear Senator Durbin:
Please help free the NATO5. And please do not nominate Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez for the open position as US Attorney.
The NATO5 are 5 young men who were entrapped by law enforcement agents during the NATO protests in Chicago in May 2012. The NATO3 - Brian Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly, appear to be a classic case of entrapment. Three men had been stopped and harassed by Chicago police just days before they were arrested for "terrorism." This police stop is on youtube video with the police promising them a "billy club to the fucking skull" for coming to Chicago to protest.
Brian, Jared, and Brent are known as peaceful, friendly young men. They were entrapped by two undercover agents using the names "Mo" and "Gloves."
Brian, Jared, and Brent now face trumped-up charges under the probably unconstitutional and never-before-used Illinois Terrorism Law. If any actual terrorism had taken place, we are quite certain the federal prosecutors would be happy to take the case and prosecute it under federal law.
Instead, Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez is destroying the lives of these young men to try to make herself appear credentialed to fill the U.S. Attorney position being vacated by Patrick J. Fitzgerald. Do not allow her to be rewarded for her acts of misjudgment, opportunism, and victimization of these young men.
In addition, two other young men -- Mark Neiweem and Sebastian Senakiewicz, appear to be big talkers who were bragging. This is being construed as "terrorism" under the same untried Illinois law.
PLEASE HELP FREE THE NATO5. They are being held in Cook County Jail in dire conditions and need your help. A young woman who visited Jared on July 30, 2012, said that he told her he had been placed in "the hole," solitary for a week, and he was told this was because there were no other cells available. Also, their visit was limited to 10 minutes because jail guards refused to go and get Jared until the last few minutes, although the visitor was there waiting for hours.
And please do not reward Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Please refuse to nominate her for the US Attorney position being vacated by Patrick J. Fitzgerald.