Chicago anarchist sent to boot camp for lie about bomb in Harry Potter book

  • Posted on: 8 November 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href=" - By Natasha Lennard

<em>Ahead of the NATO summit Sebastian Senakiewicz told a drunken lie -- undercover agents were listening</em>

<p>Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, never made a bomb. He was never found with any explosive-making materials; authorities thoroughly searched his house. The Polish immigrant did, however, tell a boastful lie that has landed him a stint at boot camp.</p><p>Just days before the Chicago NATO summit last May, Senakiewicz drunkenly told undercover agents that he had two homemade explosives hidden in his Chicago residence in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book. A search of his home found the bombs to be as fictitious as the boy wizard &#8212; there weren&#8217;t even any Harry Potter books at the address. But the 24-year-old anarchist, who Tuesday pleaded guilty to one felony count of falsely making a terrorist threat, could face deportation.</p></td><td><img title="loose lips" src=""></td></tr></table>
<p>The <a href=" Tribune reported</a>:</p><blockquote><p>At a hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Judge Nicholas Ford imposed the 4-year prison term and recommended that Senakiewicz be admitted into a prison boot camp. If he successfully completes the program he could be released in as little as 6 months, but prosecutors said the Polish native would be subject to deportation on completing his sentence.</p></blockquote><p>However, the Chicago Tribune&#8217;s report and the report from the AP &#8212; both reportedly based on a press release from State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez&#8217;s office &#8212; were mistaken about Senakiewicz&#8217;s sentence. He was not sentenced to four years, but four months at boot camp in lieu of jail time.</p><p>Senakiewicz is among a group of five people arrested in the run-up to the NATO protests &#8212; dubbed &#8220;the NATO 5,&#8221; including three other defendants (&#8220;the NATO 3&#8243;) arrested on state terrorism charges. &#8220;Activists charge that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez brought the charges as part of a broad strategy by local law enforcement to infiltrate and disrupt peaceful protest activities, to frighten the public and to deter opposition to the NATO meeting,&#8221; noted the Occupy Chicago press team in a statement.</p><p>One of Senakiewicz’ attorneys, Jeff Frank, criticized Cook County&#8217;s treatment of his client (known to friends as &#8220;Sabi&#8221;). &#8220;Honestly, how serious was this case? Does this rise to the level of what this statute was designed for? No. Sabi is guilty of imprudent language. That’s hardly grounds to extract a guilty plea for a serious felony, but that’s how Ms. Alvarez has chosen to spend the taxpayers resources,&#8221; he said.</p><div class="toggle-group target hideOnInit" data-toggle-group="story-13065691"><p>The “NATO 3” suspects, whose arrest for allegedly plotting to use Molotov cocktails during the summit has <a href="">sparked charges of entrapment </a>against Chicago undercover officers, have pleaded not guilty. Along with one other NATO arrestee also facing trumped-up terror-related charges, their cases are still pending.</p><p>CORRECTION: <em>An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that <em>Senakiewicz was sentenced to four years in prison and did </em>not correct reports from the AP and Chicago Tribune about Senakiewicz&#8217;s sentence. <em><em>Senakiewicz could have faced four or more years in prison, but accepted a plea deal for a boot camp sentence.</em></p>
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email


"security culture don’t let them catch you slippin’
loose lips sink ships so stop snitchin’
stop braggin’ and stop gossipin’
cuz you don’t know who’s working for the feds
they want us all in jail or dead"
-Test Their Logik

This guy really needed to see the "Danny, don't!" video.

Donny Don't, not Danny.

this one needed a better lawyer

Law student here and I agree. A good fight could (maybe was?) have been put up on the mens rea of this weird crime.

the DA/SAG has been going balls to the wall on the NATO arrestees, and they hate the NLG lawyers. plus, who knows what else this kid was weighing when they decided to get it all over with. sux to plead to a felony though.


everybody wang chung their flarf. have fun.

On the advice of Dot, here's your monthly reminder:
here is a thorough explanation as to why, by a lawyer/law professor and a cop/law student:

aw. :)

Not so cut and dried, though, when they're undercover police. More pertinent advice here would be, don't get shitfaced drunk and go around bragging to anybody, whether or not you're full of shit about what you've got hidden in your Harry Potter.

It's always a head-shaker when a world of hurt could have been prevented by a teaspoon of common fucking sense and self-discipline.

"Senakiewicz drunkenly told undercover agents that he had two homemade explosives hidden in his Chicago residence in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book"

Anarchists and alcohol...such wacky times.

WTF who gets sentenced to Boot CAMP? I've never heard of that for adults. Is it US military Boot Camp or what? I always thought Boot Camp refered to military schools for under 18 year olds. I don't even understand how that works. WTF is wrong with Chicago?

I've had friends who were sent to boot camp for non violent felonies... One in new York one in new Mexico. Don't know why but it happens, I'd take it over jail.

What is up with the NATO 3?? Is there a support page or anything?

There is indeed a support page.

I think there might be another one. Not sure.

It's about time North American anarchists get militarized. lol

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Enter the code without spaces.