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Anarchists Planned Bombing of Cleveland-Area Bridge, 2 LE Centers

May 01, 2012  | 

FBI agents arrested five members of an anarchist group Monday who planned to bomb an Ohio bridge and had identified other targets including a justice center, fusion center, second bridge, Federal Reserve Bank, and Ku Klux Klan location.

The men were arrested by the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force. An undercover informant had infiltrated the group, according to the FBI.

"The individuals charged in this plot were intent on using violence to express their ideological views," said Stephen Anthony, the FBI's special agent in charge in Cleveland. "The Joint Terrorism Task Force will continue to be vigilant in its efforts to detect and disrupt any terrorism threat, domestic or international."

Douglas Wright, 26; Brandon Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35, have been charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. Charges are pending against Connor Stevens, 20, and Joshua Stafford, 23.

It's believed the suspects initially planned to use smoke grenades to distract law enforcement so they could topple financial institution signs atop high rise buildings in downtown Cleveland, according to the complaint.

The defendants are also charged with conspiring to place improvised explosive devices with C-4 explosives that would be remotely detonated.

The defendants discussed various bridges and physical targets around the Cleveland metropolitan area over several months, according to an affidavit, and they eventually picked the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge as the designated target. This bridge crosses from Brecksville to Sagamore Hills over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

According to an affidavit, the men also discussed bombing the Justice Center, Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center in Cuyahoga County, Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, an Interstate 480 bridge known as the Valley View bridge, and an unidentified Ku Klux Klan location, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Wright, Baxter, Hayne, Stevens, and Stafford appear today before a federal magistrate in U.S. District court in Cleveland.

Comments (6)

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Frank @ 5/1/2012 7:40 PM

The Gene Pool strikes again! I'm beginning to wonder if the FBI is in the bomb making and selling business their always involved in these plots. Great Job guys!

Lead Farmer @ 5/1/2012 8:18 PM

I wonder if the Ef Bee Eye even thought to find out if these idiots were even capable of bombing anything or were they just a bunch of Occupiers grandstanding? If so, where did they get the C4?

Bradley @ 5/1/2012 8:42 PM

There's a Klan location in Cleveland? Gee, you mean there are racists in the North?

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2012 3:27 PM

I read the entire indictment and I still can't figure out the "terrorists" motivation. The main conspirators lacked education and any defined plan of attack. Some did have previous criminal backgrounds but were not seeking to send any kind of a political message with their activities. As best I can understand they just wanted to cause mischief with the appearance of a cause. Their lack of education did prevent them from utilizing available resources. The informant seemed to guide the idealology and the informant provided the means to complete an attack although the explosives supplied were inert C-4 bricks. If not for the informant the conspirators were not smart enough to actually construct an explosive device. Thankfully the informant was on the FBI payroll and he did a terrific job but these 'terrorists" were much ado about nothing without the informant.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2012 3:46 PM

For Bradley, The Klan is very prominent in the north especially in Ill, Ind and Ohio. I am aware of peace officers in Indiana that are Klan Members and will actually put in for time off and state the reason for the time off is to attend Klan rallies. Hate sadly knows no boundries and is everywhere.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2012 4:03 PM

Lead Farmer: in the indictment these guys wanted to disrupt the occupy wallstreet movement as well as the Klan which they had already harassed by throwing rockes at Klansmen at a Klan rally. They were just about causing mischief and they had no "cause". They wanted to bomb birth control clinics, bridges, the Klan HQ in Cleveland and they wanted to disrupt the occupy wallstreet movement. These guys were just not very smart. They did not want to be seen as violent and they had planned to block the bridge off from traffic when they destroyed it. They appeard not to actually want to hurt anybody they just wanted to cause spectacular annoyance. They sold illegal drugs to finance their revolution. It appeared they were just bored and unemployed looking for something exciting to do. Young, dumb and you know the rest.

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