Shep Smith, Judge Napolitano Go Off On Feds For ‘Trampling Our Liberty’ With NATO Summit Arrests
lambasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday in a discussion
about arrests made in Chicago during the NATO summit. Napolitano said
the federal government was attempting to “deter other people from
expressing their political opinions in the streets.” Smith agreed, asked
why no one seemed to care and accused the FBI of “trampling on our
Smith introduced Napolitano and asked him for his opinion on the
preemptive arrests and cordoning off of anti-NATO and Occupy protesters
in Chicago ahead of a multi-national NATO summit that concludes Monday.
Several arrests were made in relation to plots to make and use
explosive devices and attack police. Smith noted, however, that
attorneys for some of the arrestees say that their clients were
entrapped by the FBI and the suspects were asked to make the bombs.
“That’s entrapment, isn’t it,” Smith asked Napolitano, who proceeded
to indict the justice system for systematic and widespread entrapment
It’s the same M.O. over and over and over again. You find
some dope or some psychopath or someone totally disenchanted with
society. You find a group of them, you infiltrate the group and you
persuade them to talk about engaging in acts of violence and you provide
them with what they think is bomb making material – it’s always inert,
it’s never a real bomb. They begin to assemble the stuff, they utter
some incendiary language as they do so and you arrest them.
Napolitano said that those implicated in violence that were arrested
by the FBI but are being prosecuted by the state probably do not have
charges assigned to them that will be made stick in a court.
“The Chicago folks want to make an example out of these kids to deter
other people from expressing their political opinions in the streets,”
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” said Smith.
Napolitano went on to savage the Chicago police and the FBI for what
he characterized as an attempt to silence political dissent.
“How do we have stories like this two or three times a week and no one in the nation seems to care,” exclaimed Smith.
“Because the American public has been deluded into thinking that when
the government finds a dope and persuades the dope to say bad things
and think he’s gonna collect—assembling a bomb and then he eventually
pleads guilty that somehow we are kept safe by that happening,” said
“That’s a load of it,” said Smith. “Somehow we are made to feel like
maybe they are doing something for us when what they’re really doing is
trampling on our liberty.”
“Correct,” Napolitano agreed. “They’re picking the weakest among us
and talking them into thinking they’re breaking the law.” Napolitano
went on to say that entrapment is one thing, but this case is “far
worse” because the federal government declined to prosecute indicating
to Napolitano that there is “no case.”
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