According to an affidavit unsealed on Tuesday, five Cleveland men—at least three whom are self-described anarchists—were recently arrested for plotting to blow up a bridge as part of the May Day protests, according to the Daily Mail. A member of Occupy Cleveland revealed that some of the men had ties to the group as well, but their media coordinator denied any knowledge of the planned attacks.
The men, whose ages range from 20 to 35, allegedly targeted a bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, about 15 miles outside of Cleveland, and they reportedly considered using a car bomb to attack the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Cleveland.
"The individuals charged in this plot were intent on using violence to express their ideological views," FBI Special Agent Stephen D. Anthony said in a statement. The men were arrested by the FBI on charges of conspiracy and trying to use explosives to damage property affecting interstate commerce, and they will appear in Federal court on Tuesday afternoon.
FLASHBACK: Remember when anarchists from the same vein made molotov cocktails and planned to burn police and Republicans with them at the 2008 RNC convention? In that incident, the same types of anarchists were willing to use any means necessary to prevent Republicans from exercising their First amendment rights and to prevent them from nominating their presidential ticket. Remember the "RNC Welcoming Committee?"
In the April issue of Townhall Magazine, we featured the powerful story of Brandon Darby ("Radical Awakening: From America Hater to Hero" by Matthew Vadum), the former hard-core radical who saw the light and helped prevent a left-wing terrorist attack on the 2008 GOP convention that had been plotted by his former progressive revolutionary cohorts.
What's that? You didn't know about the attempt by left-wingers to launch an attack on the Republican Convention in Minneapolis? I'll be darned.
Darby worked with he FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and infiltrated the liberal Austin Affinity Group. This organization, as we revealed in the magazine, "had joined with a larger coalition of progressive organizations that facetiously called itself the 'RNC Welcoming Committee,'" which "hoped to lay siege to the GOP convention that nominated the presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin."
The FBI sent Darby to meet with anarchists who were developing their plan at a bookstore in Austin.
"It was a group of people whose explicit purpose was to organize a group of ‘black bloc' anarchists to shut the Republican convention down by any means necessary," he explained. "They showed videos of people throwing Molotov cocktails, and they were giving people ideas." ...
During a search of a residence, police found gas masks, slingshots, helmets, knee pads and eight Molotov cocktails consisting of bottles filled with gasoline with attached wicks made from tampons.
"They mixed gasoline with oil so it would stick to clothing and skin and burn longer," Darby told me.
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