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Originally posted by Sahabi
reply to post by sonnny1
These guys originally wanted to knock down some business signs. The FBI gets involved, supplies a fake bomb, and all of a sudden knocking downs signs turns into blowing up a bridge?
The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were inoperable and controlled by an undercover FBI employee, according to sources close to the investigation.
Read more: www.foxnews.com...
According to an affidavit filed by FBI agent Ryan Taylor, the group was infiltrated by a paid informant. Over the course of several months, its members discussed in recorded conversations a number of potential targets, including Federal Reserve banks, a train, a federal counterterrorism center and a neo-Nazi or Ku Klux Klan office, the affidavit said. One of the suspects allegedly envisioned using smoke grenades as a distraction to topple financial-institution signs on high-rise buildings in downtown Cleveland.
Authorities say the group eventually agreed to pay $50 apiece for eight one-pound bricks of what they thought were plastic explosives from the undercover agent. They allegedly planned to attack the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, which passes over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the affidavit said.
NYTimes Realizes That The FBI Keeps Celebrating Breaking Up Its Own Terrorist Plots
from the not-quite-as-impressive dept
Over the last few years, we've noticed that nearly every victory the FBI celebrates against terrorism is actually about stopping its own terrorist plots that it feeds to hapless individuals, often nudging them and pushing them down the road to "become" terrorists, despite commonly displaying little to no aptitude for actual terrorism...
...As the article makes clear, claims of entrapment rarely work in these cases, but it certainly raises questions about whether the FBI is actually protecting us from real plots or spending time creating publicity stunts that leave some people in jail...
...There's no doubt that there are real plots being attempted. But wouldn't the FBI be better off focusing on those, rather than play acting all the time?
The suspects were identified as Joshua S. Stafford, 23, and Anthony Hayne, 35, both of Cleveland; Brandon L. Baxter, 20, of nearby Lakewood; Connor Stevens, 20, of suburban Berea; and Douglas L. Wright, 26; of Indianapolis. The charges carry possible penalties of more than 20 years in prison.
The men planted the fake explosives at the base of the bridge, armed them, went to a remote spot and "entered the codes that they thought would blow up the bridge with innocent people traveling over it," Dettelbach said.
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
Instead we have some punk vandal turned into a "anarchist"/terrorist and now prisoner for life, a town now in fear (extended to America), and the agency funding for their next pull out plot.