FBI breaks up their own setup job as usual this time to blow up Cleveland Bridge
FBI breaks up ‘anarchist plot to attack Cleveland bridge’
The FBI has disrupted an alleged plot by American anarchists to destroy a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to court papers, the gang was led by Douglas Wright, a long-standing anarchist Photo: REUTERS
7:09PM BST 01 May 2012
Five men were arrested on Monday night as part of a sting operation by federal agents.
Authorities said the public was never in any danger and that the group’s explosives were in fact dud ordinance supplied to them by the FBI.
The five suspects, aged between 20 to 35, were home-grown extremists and not tied to any foreign terror group, officials said. The plot had no link to the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden.
They allegedly plotted to use C-4 explosives to destroy the four-lane Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge that crosses over a national park, according to court papers.
The group had initially considered other targets across Cleveland, including using smoke grenades to distract police before blowing up signs off of bank buildings and striking a command centre used by federal, state and local authorities.
According to court papers, the gang was led by Douglas Wright, 26, a long-standing anarchist who claimed to have lost teeth and broken his nose during previous street fights with police.
Wright apparently railed against other anti-capitalist demonstrators, accusing them of working with “corporate America and law enforcement” and looked to establish a more militant splinter group, recruited partly from homeless shelters.
Using the Anarchist Cookbook – a well-known internet manual with “recipes” for bomb making – Wright allegedly spent months devising a way to attack the bridge.
He allegedly agreed to pay $900 for eight bricks of explosives as well as bullet-proof vests, cans of tear gas and Israeli-made gas masks in preparation for the attack.
Wright and his alleged accomplices – Brandon Baxter, 20; Anthony Hayne, 35; Connor Stevens, 20; and Joshua Stafford, 23 – are expected in federal court later today.