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Thu Feb 13, 2014, 01:42 AM

Chicago Tribune Stands Behind State’s Fantasy of Radical Terror, Even Though ‘NATO 3' Acquitted

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by FireDogLake.com
Chicago Tribune Stands Behind State’s Fantasy of Radical Terror, Even Though ‘NATO 3′ Acquitted of Terrorism

by Kevin Gosztola


Few terrorism cases are lost by the government prosecutors in the United States, whether at the federal level or, in rare instances, at the state level. However, last week, a jury came to a verdict in the “NATO 3″ trial that acquitted three young men of all the terrorism charges they had faced.

It was a huge defeat for Illinois State’s Attorney of Cook County, Anita Alvarez, who angrily refused to admit the state had lost during a press conference after the verdict was announced.

Alvarez emphasized that the “NATO 3″ had still been found guilty of possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit arson as well as two mob action offenses. However, the state did not bring this case as an arson or mob action case and all along the public had been led to believe that these were “terrorists” on trial. And they were so dangerous that the men were going to be charged with offenses under a largely untested state terrorism statute.

Rather than react to the outcome in the trial by examining the decision by Alvarez to abuse her authority and bring this case as a terrorism case when there was no shred of evidence for such charges, the Chicago Tribune editorial board published a state-identified editorial on February 10 that was a fervent defense of all that Alvarez and other prosecutors did in this case. It stood in sharp contrast to an editorial from the Chicago Sun-Times, which stated, “The Chicago Police and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez almost comically overreached.” .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/12-0



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Thu Feb 13, 2014, 02:55 AM

1. From the sounds of it...

They were larry, curly and moe.

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Thu Feb 13, 2014, 03:00 AM

2. no big surprise to anyone who knows the history of the tribune

it was a rotten case that should have been plea bargained out. alvarez wanted to make a big splash in chicago but she did`t.

i`m sort of surprised the sun times ripped into the feds for their bungling of this case. maybe i`ll start
reading the times again.

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