Breaking: Anarchist ring busted by feds, plotted bombings in Cleveland

Today is May Day, the traditional Communist holiday celebrating the proletariat, and the Occupy movement has busied itself with protests all over the country to mark the occasion.  In Cleveland, a few of them tried going a little farther than throwing paint at police stationsThe FBI announced today that they arrested five “anarchists” last night after breaking up a conspiracy to blow up a Cuyahoga bridge and four other targets today:

The FBI arrested five men Monday evening, saying they had planted what were believed to be 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.

That wasn’t the only action they planned:

According to an affidavit, various members of the group — three of which had been charged early today and two others were were being charged — had also talked about attacking or detonating explosives at the following:

  • The Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland
  • The Justice Center in Cleveland
  • A Cuyahoga County Homeland Security operation called the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center.
  • An unidentified Ku Klux Klan location in Ohio
  • An Interstate 480 bridge known as the Valley View bridge.

Members of the group also talked about putting smoke grenades on the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Detroit-Superior Bridge) in Cleveland as a diversion while they “knocked the bank signs off the tops of the larger buildings in downtown Cleveland,” the affidavit states.

They also proposed  “to detonate explosives on … the Cuyahoga River in order to sink a cargo ship,” the document says.

Over at Breitbart, Dan Riehl says the names of the suspects should be familiar.  At least two of them are known as Occupy organizers:

One of the leaders of the Occupy Cleveland movement, Brandon Baxter, is one of those arrested for today’s terrorist plot to bomb a bridge in Cleveland. Occupier Brandon Baxter appears to have gotten the guidance he sought.

OCCUPIED — Occupy Cleveland organizer Brandon Baxter gets some shade in the Occupy Cleveland tent in downtown Cleveland on March 21, 2012. Baxter, one of the few remaining members of Occupy Cleveland’s physical presence downtown, said the group has seen a sharp decline in numbers since last October because of increasing disorganization. “We need guidance,” he said.

Another of today’s suspects is Anthony Hayne, named previously in a report on Occupy Cleveland.

“I just want to be very clear: we are not occupying Lakewood,” said Anthony Hayne, who is organizing the information session. Hayne, a Lakewood resident since 2001, said there will be about six or seven members of Occupy Cleveland, which stems from the Occupy Wall Street movement, at the table Saturday.

A Brandon Baxter got mentioned in a March report on an arrest at an Occupy protest in Cleveland, too:

Brandon Baxter of Lakewood said he had no regrets for making sure people heard the message.

“I took the risk of getting arrested because I feel the powers that be, whoever they might be — on all levels of government and those who hold corporate power — are not listening because not enough people are actually taking a stance” against foreclosures, he said. “I was hoping that this would be a great way to get Cleveland more involved by showing the potential that a small group of dedicated people can have in making an impact. Even though we are not in any government position or in Congress, we do have the power.”

Assuming this is the same Brandon Baxter, he got a fine of $100 for his involvement in that incident.  Something tells me this one will cost him a lot more.  We’ll add more as the story develops.

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David Strom 8:41 PM on January 30, 2023