What is it with Occupiers and wanting to blow up bridges?
(AFP) — TWO more activists have been charged with crimes tied to the NATO summit, one who wanted to blow up a Chicago bridge.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office charged Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, with falsely making a terrorist threat. Mark Neiweem, 28, of Chicago, is charged with attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices.
Prosecutors told a judge at an overnight court appearance that Mr Senakiewicz, a Polish native, said he could blow up a bridge in downtown Chicago. They accused him of bragging repeatedly about having explosives and said he claimed to have hid them in a hollowed out Harry Potter book. Prosecutors said searches did not uncover explosives.
Prosecutors said Mr Neiweem wanted to build a pipe bomb and wrote a list of ingredients required, including model rocket engines.
A Cook County judge set bond at US$750,000 ($762,000) for Mr Senakiewicz and US$500,000 for Mr Neiweem.
The charges came a day after three other activists appeared in court and were accused of manufacturing Molotov cocktails and harboring plans to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters and other targets during the NATO meeting.