Three charged in plot to firebomb Obama campaign headquarters

Law enforcement officials arrested three men in Chicago this week who are accused of planning to attack President Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and various police stations and squad cars, according to reports on Saturday.

The three men were making Molotov cocktails for their plan to disrupt the NATO summit this weekend, prosecutors told The Associated Press. They have been charged with providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of explosives.

{mosads}Undercover Chicago Police officers infiltrated the group, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Defense attorneys are arguing entrapment, alleging the police officers escalated what had been planned as a “non-violent” protest in order to make arrests.

The two-day NATO Summit typically draws anti-war protesters, with many protests staged this year around the Prudential Building, the site of Obama’s reelection campaign headquarters.

Obama is still at Camp David for the G8 meetings, taking place on the same weekend as the NATO Summit. The president will fly to Chicago on Saturday evening and participate in NATO meetings on Sunday.

The three men accused in the plot have been identified as Brian Church, 27, of Florida, Jared Chase, 24, of New Hampshire, and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Massachusetts. They are each being held on a $1.5 million bond.

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