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Last week, even if the connection was mentioned it was usually only to remark that the men were radicals loosely affiliated with the movement. In fact, an article in today’s Washington Post still makes no mention of the link, despite mounting evidence to the fact.
But in what represents one of the most concrete links thus far, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that one of the suspects, Anthony (Tony) Hayne, signed the lease where roughly a dozen of Occupy Cleveland’s members live. What’s it based on? Well, the Occupiers recorded themselves admitting it during a “general assembly”:
In a one-hour recording of a Friday evening general assembly meeting of the group posted on its website occupycleveland.com... occupy leaders expressed concern about Anthony Hayne’s name being on the lease, which strengthens his link to the group.
We have a person facing terrorism charges on the lease of our warehouse,” said one of the leaders. “If this gets into the media, it would be a disaster.”
At the time of his arrest, Hayne was already wanted for violating his probation, having stolen $2,000 from a restaurant last year. With a criminal record stretching back to 2000, he also served a year in prison in 2007 for beating his wife.
“After the Ohio attacks,” ABC writes, “the men would focus on waging similar assaults in Chicago during the upcoming NATO summit, according to FBI Special Agent Ryan Taylor…the five anarchists wanted body armor, helmets and gas masks to wear in Chicago, which was ‘the main place they were worried about having the protective gear because there is no telling what they might have to use there.’” [Emphasis added]
Suspect Douglas Wright is quoted by the FBI as predicting that a “s–t load” of anarchists would go to Chicago after leaving the Cleveland area “a pile of rubble and ashes,“ as anarchists in every major city throughout the country will ultimately be ”rioting and destroying each city.” [Emphasis added]
“The defendants took specific and defined actions to further a terrorist plot,” U.S. Attorney Dettelbach commented. “The defendants stand charged based not upon any words or beliefs they might espouse, but based upon their own plans and actions.”
Originally posted by jlm912
reply to post by jibeho
I suppose you could very well call them "leaders" when it comes to contribution, but I don't believe that should be confused with "directing" the movement. Albeit their influence may well be plenty, it's unlikely that they're orchestrators... Not proper to twist semantics like that.
CLEVELAND - Dozens of members of Occupy Cleveland showed up at a Cleveland courthouse to support the five people charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge.
In all, about 50 members of the Occupy Cleveland group went into courthouse. After the arrests were made, Occupy Cleveland said the five suspects were associated with the group, but they were “in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland.”