Democracy Now: 5 Cleveland Activists Arrested for Informant-Abetted Bombing Plot


The FBI has arrested five self-described anarchists for allegedly seeking to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge. FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony said the suspects were detained after planting and detonating what they thought were active bombs. It turned out the bombs were fakes supplied by FBI informants.

Stephen Anthony: “They ultimately negotiated with FBI undercover agents and purchased two inert — I say inert — improvised explosive devices, IEDs, which were presented as C4-based, remote-activated IEDs. Last night, the co-conspirators placed the two inert IEDs at the base of a concrete support pillar for this Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge and attempted to remotely detonate the devices from a location that they deemed safe and one that would possibly give them an alibi. All five co-conspirators were taken into custody last night by the FBI and JTTF shortly after they attempted to remotely detonate these inert devices.”

The role of FBI informants in supplying the fake bombs mirrors that of previous cases where government entrapment has been alleged. Some of the suspects reportedly had ties to Occupy Cleveland and were said to have been disgruntled with the group’s nonviolent tactics. After the charges were announced, the group Occupy Cleveland canceled its planned May Day march.

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~ by wheresthemic on May 3, 2012.

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