Prosecutors claim they’re terrorists, while defense attorneys say they’re just big mouths who are often drunk.
The three men charged with plotting acts of terrorism during the NATO Summit in Chicago went on trial Tuesday.
Jared Chase, 29, Brent Betterly, 25, and Brian Church, 25, are accused of planning to destroy police vehicles, and attack four police district stations with explosive devices.
They also allegedly targeted President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home, and some financial institutions.
Prosecutors said one of the men asked if his friends were ready to see a police officer on fire as he made Molotov cocktails.