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Shep Smith On NATO Summit Arrests: Federal Government 'Is Trampling On Our Liberty' (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated: 05/21/2012 5:34 pm

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Shep Smith condemned the FBI over the arrest of several activists during the NATO summit on Monday, alleging that the justice system is "trampling on our liberty."

Five men have been accused of planning to bomb President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets. Defense lawyers for some of the suspects, however, charged that it was undercover officers who brought the explosives to the apartment where the men were arrested.

Smith was discussing the case with analyst Judge Robert Napolitano on Monday. "That's entrapment, isn't it?" he asked, referring to the activists' allegations.

Napolitano described the practice as the normal course for the FBI. He said the only difference was that federal agents left the case, and that the suspects were being charged just to scare other protesters.

"But the Chicago folks want to make a case out of it, because they want to make an example out of these kids to deter other people from expressing their political opinions in the streets," Napolitano said.

"You've got to be kidding me," Smith said. Later, he asked, "How do we have stories like this, two or three times a week, and no one in the nation seems to care?"

“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 assembling a bomb and then he eventually pleads guilty, somehow we are kept safe by that happening,” Napolitano said.

“That’s a load of it!” Smith cried. “Somehow we are made to feel like maybe they're doing something for us, and what they’re really doing is trampling on our liberty.”

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  • Alex Kennedy, left, from Geneva, Ill., and Dillon Roberts, from Bartlett, Ill., kiss after a demonstration and march to President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Monday, May 21, 2012, the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • A Chicago police officer videotapes a verbal lashing from a protester outside the President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012, on the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

  • Protesters march to Boeing corporate offices for a demonstration as a part of the NATO summit Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. Demonstrators prepared Monday to launch another round of protests in the final hours of the NATO summit, a suburban community that could become the site of a detention facility to hold illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Protesters sit on Michigan Avenue and give the peace sign during a march to President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Monday, May 21, 2012, the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • A protester signals during a march to Boeing corporate offices for a demonstration as a part of the NATO summit Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. Demonstrators prepared Monday to launch another round of protests in the final hours of the NATO summit, a suburban community that could become the site of a detention facility to hold illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • A protester wearing mask of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shoots out silly string during a demonstration outside Boeing corporate offices Monday, May 21 2012, in Chicago, on the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Protesters shoot silly strings and blow bubbles while demonstrating in front of Boeing corporate offices as a part of the NATO summit Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Protesters demonstrate outside Boeing's corporate offices Monday, May 21 2012, in Chicago, on the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Barack Obama,

  • Barack Obama,

    President Barack Obama walks off stage at the end of his news conference at the closing of the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama arrives at a news conference at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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    President Barack Obama smiles during his news conference at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Kim Sung-hwan

    South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, right, talks with others attending the NATO Partners meeting during the NATO Summit, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Dalia Grybauskaite

    President Barack Obama arrives for the NATO Partners meeting during the NATO Summit, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Chicago. At left is Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Protesters chant during a demonstration in front of Boeing corporate offices as a part of the NATO summit Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy address the news media during a protest march to Boeing corporate offices for a demonstration as a part of the NATO summit Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • The NATO leaders gather for a group picture upon their arrival for dinner at Soldier Field in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012. Front row from left are Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, President Barack Obama, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa. Second row from left are Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Back row from left are Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, Latvian President Andris Berzins, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Romanian President Traian Basescu, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, and Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmu

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  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alexander Vershbow

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, speaks at a meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers during the NATO Summit, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Barack Obama, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Mikhail Saakashvili, David Cameron,

    President Barack Obama takes his seat with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, right, at the Partners Meeting at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. At left is British Prime Minister David Cameron talking to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Valerie Trierweiler

    French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is welcome by pupils as she arrives to visit a French school in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Feferberg, Pool)

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  • Protesters fly paper airplanes during a demonstration outside Boeing corporate offices Monday, May 21 2012, in Chicago, on the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Protesters participate in a "die-in" as part of a demonstration outside Boeing's headquarters Monday, May 21 2012, in Chicago, on the final day of the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Protesters stage a die-in

    Protesters stage a die-in in front of Boeing corporate offices as a part of the NATO summit, Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Robert Graves)

  • Protesters gather at Union Park, in Chicago before marching to Boeing for a demonstration as a part of the NATO summit Monday, May 21, 2012 in Chicago. Demonstrators prepared Monday to launch another round of protests in the final hours of the NATO summit, a suburban community that could become the site of a detention facility to hold illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • A protester uses her phone during a die-in at Boeing

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  • A protester stands before Chicago Police at the Art Institute where First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting a dinner for the spouses of NATO dignitaries during this weekend's summit in Chicago Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Protesters gather in the rain at the Art Institute where First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting a dinner for the spouses of NATO dignitaries during this weekend's summit in Chicago Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • A protester gestures in the rain at the Art Institute where First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting a dinner for the spouses of NATO dignitaries during this weekend's summit in Chicago Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Police stand infront of the Chicago Art Museam during protests against the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20, 2012. Scuffles broke out at a Chicago protest which turned ugly when a few hundred anti-NATO demonstrators demanding an end to destructive wars refused police calls to clear the streets. An AFP correspondent saw about a dozen protestors roughly hauled away as they tried to muscle through a police cordon around a convention center where NATO leaders have gathered for a two-day summit. (Cengiz Yar Jr./AFP/GettyImages)

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