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FBI Arrests Five Anarchists Attempting to Blow Up Ohio Bridge

The FBI arrested five men last night who were plotting, in conjunction with today’s Occupy/”May Day” protests, to blow up a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland (an odd target, surely, for those crusading against the 1 percent).

NR’s Charles C. W. Cooke spent this morning at May Day protests in Manhattan, and came back shocked and bemused by the sheer radicalism of the ideas on offer (he’ll be reporting on it in this space presently). But upon his arrival back at NRHQ, he reassured us, “it’s not as if they’re setting off bombs or anything.” Well. . .

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the details:

The FBI arrested five men Monday evening, saying they had planted what they believed were explosive devices under the Ohio 82 bridge over Cuyahoga Valley National Park as part of a May Day protest today.

The five men were “self-proclaimed anarchists,” who intended to detonate two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) under the bridge in Sagamore Hills, but had purchased the inert devices from undercover FBI agents, officials said.

Arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials were: Douglas Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35.

All three are “self-proclaimed anarchists who formed a small group and considered a series of evolving plots over several months,” according to the complaint filed today by the FBI.

Wright had also talked about “getting a car that they can drive into the Federal Reserve Bank” in Cleveland to blow it up . . . The arrests Monday evening show that “the threat we face is a diverse one and terrorist can come from many hues and many homelands,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

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