DC Trawler

Repeat: The Cleveland 5, the geniuses who tried to blow up a bridge for the 99%, are all Occupiers

The Feds knew just where to look, according to The Smoking Gun:

The federal probe that resulted last night in the arrest of five purported anarchists for allegedly plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge began last year at an Occupy Wall Street rally in Cleveland that was infiltrated by an informant who was directed to attend the event by his FBI handlers.

It was at the October 21 OWS event that the informant first met Douglas ["Cyco"] Wright, 26, who reportedly confided details of his group’s planned attacks “against corporate America and the financial system,” according to court filings…

Wright eventually served as the informant’s bridge to the four other men busted in the bombing plot–despite the fact that the quartet was “unsure” about the snitch for whom Wright vouched. Of the five men arrested, four were involved in the Occupy Cleveland movement, according to their Facebook profiles, a news story, and a federal criminal complaint.

The fifth one is too. They’re all Occupiers. There is no escaping that fact.

ABC News reports, without ever once using the word “Occupy”:

A gang of anarchists arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up a Cleveland, Ohio bridge also talked about attacking an upcoming NATO summit in Chicago and this summer’s Republican National Convention in Florida, according to authorities.

Douglas Wright, 26, Brandon Baxter, 20, and Anthony Hayne, 35, all self-described anarchists, have been charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. Two other men Conner Stevens, 20 and Joshua Stafford, 23 were also arrested and may face similar charges…

Brandon Baxter allegedly told the informant that destroying a bridge would cause great financial harm.

“Taking out a Bridge in the business district would cost the … corporate big wigs a lot of money,” Baxter allegedly said.

Wright and Baxter also discussed trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, as well as attacking a new casino in the city, a NATO summit in Chicago and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, according to the complaint.

Just because they’re stupid doesn’t mean they can’t hurt people. These guys wanted to.

And how did Brandon “Skabby” Baxter spend his time when he wasn’t plotting to murder people? He was organizing an Occupy rally. Last weekend.

“Love.”

Meanwhile, Occupy Cleveland has put out a statement. That’s nice.

The media will continue to downplay the Occupy connection to this attempted act of terrorism. Don’t let them. They don’t get to do that anymore. Not just because it’s intrinsically wrong, but because they’ve spent years painting the Tea Party as the real criminals.

And because our moral, ethical, and intellectual superiors in the media don’t get to decide what is and isn’t a news story anymore.

Talk back. Make them tell the truth, even though it doesn’t serve their agenda.

P.S. Homeland Security official tweets socialist applause: ‘Happy May Day!’ Now tell us some more about how violent those right-wingers are, Janet…