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AP Ignores GOP Targeting, Buries OWS Ties

From the always reliable Associated Press:

FBI watched as 5 men planned Ohio bridge bomb plot

May 2, 2012

CLEVELAND (AP) — After unknowingly working with an FBI informant for months, five men have been charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge linking two wealthy Cleveland suburbs.

Notice how the AP ignores the fact that these ‘anarchists’ were also planning to attack the Republican convention in Tampa, which is even in the FBI’s complaint.

Federal authorities Tuesday described the men as anarchists who are angry with corporate America and the government. They say the alleged plotters researched explosives and obtained what they thought was C-4 explosives. The material, in fact, was harmless and the public was never at risk because the men got it from the informant, officials said.

Their arrests Monday night marked the latest case in which FBI agents planned fake terrorism plots alongside targeted suspects, an indication it continues to be a top strategy for the government in preventing terrorism

"They talked about making a statement against corporate America and the government as some of the motivations for their actions," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said in announcing the arrests with the head of the FBI in Cleveland, Stephen Anthony…

He and another suspect, Douglas L. Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, favored targeting a bridge because it would limit "the number of casualties and the potential for killing possible supporters," court documents said

You see? They are really nice guys.

Similar arrests in the last few years — including in Massachusetts, Oregon, New York and Texas — offer a glimpse into sting operations by undercover FBI agents trying to catch possible terrorists in the act.

Defense attorneys in those cases have accused federal authorities of conducting overblown operations that entrapped their clients

At Tuesday’s hearing, the men, with wrist manacles chained to the waist, sat in the jury box with their attorneys and acknowledged receiving copies of the complaint against them and an understanding of their rights.

At the end of the hearing, Stevens’ father, James, shouted, "Love you, Connor." The father left court without commenting…

You see? Even their fathers loves them.

Finally, 17 paragraphs into the full article we learn:

The men had been associated with the anti-corporate Occupy Cleveland movement but don’t share its non-violent views, organizer Debbie Kline said.

"They were in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland," Kline said in an email canceling the group’s May Day protest Tuesday at a GE Lighting plant in view of the arrests of the "autonomous group" of five.

The alleged plotters were frustrated that other anti-corporate protesters opposed violence, according to Dettelbach, citing the criminal complaint filed in the case.

"It talks about the anger and frustration that these five individuals felt that other people would not support their violent aims," Dettelbach said

Notice how much time the AP spends trying to convince us that these guys had nothing to do with Occupy’s peaceful protests.

Also notice that the subtext of the entire AP article is that these poor slobs were set-up, ‘entrapped’ by an FBI sting. Do you think that would be the AP’s tune if these anarchists had turned out to be right wingers?

Meanwhile, CNN is currently running an article with the headline: "Where do anarchists fall on political spectrum?" They slapped together some random comments from the internet which they seem to think proves that anarchists are just as popular on the right as they are on the left. With the clear implication being that it doesn’t matter at all that these guys were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

What an amazing coincidence, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “AP Ignores GOP Targeting, Buries OWS Ties”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In order to make a bomb, one must possess rudimentary technical skills such as the kind that OWS’ers do not. Basic electronics, taught in high school, how to use a screwdriver, etc.

    So the expression could be, “So useless, even a muslim could out-do them in a pinch”.

    And this may be the ultimate goal.

    “Come and spend money on this university so that when you graduate, you won’t know how to do anything but protest your own ignorance”.


    How scamming people has become the new government industry.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Whoops…this is supposed to go in a different topic. The one about OWS’ers plotting to bomb the convention.


  2. yadayada says:

    actually, building an bomb isn’t very difficult if you use a mechanical triggering device. field expedient triggers are very simple and effective.

    as for entrapment – this is as realistic a claim as, “I wouldn’t have stolen that car if the keys weren’t in the ignition.”

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      A mechanical triggering device is still probably beyond the skill-set of your average (or even “above average”) occupier.

      These were the people who in high school came to math class without a pencil. Every day.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Mechanically detonate C-4? Still gooing to need a small amount of unstable boom-boom to get it to work. C-4 will take a beating and burns quite nicely in afield stove for warming water or cooking. Homemade RDX, a 9 volt battery and a plastic pen would be best, but I am sure that once these idiots read the (incredibly innacurate and dangerous) methods in the Anarchist cookbook they would have not only failed to make a detonator, but probably killed themselves in the process.

  3. AcornsRNutz says:

    I like the mention in the article that the “C-4” was inerty (hell blue play-doh would have fooled these idiots). Prior to F&F you wouldn’t have needed to state something that obvious.

  4. yadayada says:

    I wrote mechanical trigger. still need a detonator.
    any simple blasting cap will work with a battery.
    or rimfire cartridge with bullet removed could possibly be used as mechanical device.
    or simple mixture of lead styphnate, antimony sulfide, barium nitrate, or other household chemicals.
    again though, would be nicer to see them blow themselves up trying to make the stuff.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      On that we can all agree. To make an attempt to bring this wild swing back to the topic, it goes to show what kind of trouble these goons would be in if things turned really ugly. I doubt these wannabe anarchist could keep up with this conversation, and for that we should all be simultanesouly thankful and cautiously observant of anyone surfacing in their ranks who could be genuine threat. It only takes one Bill Ayers to blow something up.

  5. Astravogel says:

    Old Russian saying: “When three men sit
    down to plot a revolution, two are police and
    one is a fool.”

  6. untrainable says:

    If you take a look at these guys over on the other thread, it looks as if the 5 of them together couldn’t spell C4, much less set it off. But the vigor with which the media seems to be covering their associations makes my skin crawl.

    It is beyond me how the puppet media fail to see that if the occupiers, or the anarchists, or the communists, or the marxists, or the fundamentalist muslims achieve their goals (which are suprisingly similar, at least in the beginning) that they will be among the first to be put down. How can they be so oblivious to history?

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      ut, thou hast answered thine own question. In their lack of education, you implied that they are probably magnificently bereft of any knowledge of history as well. Therefore, they are condemned to repeat it.

    • untrainable says:

      Rusty, I was thinking that the 5 anarchist weasels are, let’s be kind and say under-educated (bereft of knowledge). But the media weasels are supposed to be incredibly well educated (Oooooo, I have a degree in journalism, with a minor in underwater basket weaving and subterranean balloon navigation). At least that is what they hit us over the head with. They are supposed to be so much smarter than you or I or anyone who disagrees with the drivel that pours out of their pie holes daily. Then again, you may be right. They all went to the same schools. And they were educated by the same socialist and marxist professors. Here comes Lincoln again.

      The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next – Abraham Lincoln

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I was unaware of that quote by Lincoln. How odd that I have been thinking this very same thing since my own days in high school. I must’ve heard it somewhere and somehow selfishly adopted it as my own.

      As for journalists, we had a joke amongst us in ROTC while in college. “I’m gonna go hit a party somewhere and meet up with some journalism major and tell her I’m a spokesman for green-peace”

      What about in the morning?

      “I’ll tell her that my dad is an oil company executive”

      No, truly, journalism students are just about the most useless wastes of flesh you can find. I once stopped on the way home because I saw a fellow student pulled over on the side of the road with a flat tire. He was on his cellphone waiting for help. I looked at the tire, and said, “Isn’t the spare in the back?” He replied, “I dunno…I looked back there but didn’t find it”. It was a VW Rabbit and the spare sat in a cutout underneath the cargo area. I said, “Did you look underneath?” and he walked to the back of the car and looked under the car. “Nope, no spare here”. I did a “look at the camera knowingly” thing inside my head, wished him well and got back in my car and drove off.

      Journalism major.

      I was once out sailing my RC model sailboat when the lake was very low some years ago and a journalist stopped by, who was writing a story about the low lake levels. She was fascinated by the model. “What makes it go?”, she asked. I said, “A breeze, just like the full-size thing…it’s wind-powered”. She couldn’t believe it. She insisted that there had to be something else. When I pulled it from the water, she saw the small propeller. “I KNEW IT!”, She exclaimed. I said, “No, that’s not hooked up….I used to use it when the wind quit and it turns out that it would overheat, so I disconnected it, it doesn’t run..but I have to leave the shaft in there because it will leak otherwise.”

      She didn’t believe me. So…I unscrewed the prop, put the model back in the water, and sailed it around some.

      She looked at me like I was doing voodoo. She couldn’t fathom that the physics apply in small scale as they do with full-scale. I asked her, “You’ve seen radio control airplanes, haven’t you?” and she said, “Yes, but they have motors on them”.

      I realized it was a lost cause. I said, “You know, you’re right…You caught me, I’m actually using the magnetic field of the earth to move the boat around. This radio in my hands transmits a frequency that causes the magnetic field to shift ever so slightly so that the boat’s internal magnetics respond to those shifts”. Then I looked at her and could see she was now getting angry.

      I then said, “Lady…if you had spent any time trying to learn science, this wouldn’t be such a mystery to you. I’m done talking to you now. Have a nice day.”

      I’m sure she went back to her paper and told everyone what a d*** I was. But that’s fine. I considered her to be just slightly more useful than firewood.

    • canary says:

      This is most likely Lincolns original words for the quote to lead understanging of it. Full speech link below.
      The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions:
      Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois
      January 27, 1838

      How then shall we perform it?–At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

      At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide….


      He doubts any country could force us to let them drink from our

      To me Lincoln was discussing it would be if another country came to the USA and forced us to let them drink our water it would be our own faults. Or he means it would be unlikely any country be a match to fight us, and the danger would be America not following it’s own laws that would bring destruction.

      Golly, I wonder if Lincoln ever envisioned that America would let foreigners come to America and change our laws to meet their own culture and religious like the muslims have.

      I wonder if Lincoln ever imagined an unknown man with African & Muslim culture and heritage would be running the country.

      I think Lincoln would have despised Islam and Muslimhood for being the most tyrant, enslaving, oppressive, torturing their own and others on this earth. That we would be their partners and buddies.

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