Five men were arrested last night on domestic terror charges for the Cleveland bridge plot. These May Day Occupy anarchists may not be Al Qaeda, but they planned to blow up the Ohio 82 bridge which spans the Cuyahoga River. The five men were Anthony Hayne, Brandon Baxter, Douglas Wright, Connor Stevens and Joshua Stafford. According to the Department of Justice, the FBI took them into custody Monday night after they purchase inert bomb-making items from an undercover FBI agent as part of a sting operation. While the five men may not be directly linked to the Occupy movement, they were known to have attended Occupy Cleveland events and were unhappy with the lack of action being taken by the group.
The plot itself seems to be to purchase eight, one-pound bricks of plastic explosive, then fashion a detonation device which would involve a text message activating the explosives. The Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge has some 13,000 commuters traveling over it daily during the week. Reports are that this group of anarchists were planning other attacks set for today, including using smoke bombs in a downtown Cleveland building to serve as a distraction for the bridge attack.
Such activities were not limited to just the Cleveland bridge plot. In New York City, May Day Occupy anarchists sent several letters containing white powder and a message warning them that the reader has only ten seconds to flee. The powder turned out to be only corn starch. Demonstrations and some violence have occurred across America at several Occupy protest marches. But generally, the size of the crowds at such marches was small. The five men now held in jail in Ohio by the Department of Justice were all in their 20s and not affiliated with Al Qaeda.