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BonMallari
05-01-2012, 04:19 PM
just when you thought they would go away.....I just dont understand why they want anarchy and think that they can change the capitalistic society to a socialist/communist type of system...I hear these whack jobs chanting they want free this or free that, where in the heck do they think that stuff comes from....also fed up with the media giving them air time and sometimes glorifying them, but paints the Tea Party protests as something vile....something is really wrong here...

Guess I just protest a different way by not patronizing a business or by voting at the ballot box, carrying a sign doesnt do squat...heck the homeless guys carrying a sign make more than these protesters

Gerry Clinchy
05-02-2012, 12:11 AM
Wonder what's the thing about those May Day riots in Seattle?

JDogger
05-02-2012, 12:27 AM
just when you thought they would go away.....I just dont understand why they want anarchy and think that they can change the capitalistic society to a socialist/communist type of system...I hear these whack jobs chanting they want free this or free that, where in the heck do they think that stuff comes from....also fed up with the media giving them air time and sometimes glorifying them, but paints the Tea Party protests as something vile....something is really wrong here...

Guess I just protest a different way by not patronizing a business or by voting at the ballot box, carrying a sign doesnt do squat...heck the homeless guys carrying a sign make more than these protesters

I wouldn't spend to much time concerned with OWS or the TP. Come the fall voting will happen, and regardless of the outcome the result won't amount to more than a very small hill of beans...JD :(

Matt McKenzie
05-02-2012, 06:43 AM
I wouldn't spend to much time concerned with OWS or the TP. Come the fall voting will happen, and regardless of the outcome the result won't amount to more than a very small hill of beans...JD :(

The only similarities between OWS and the Tea Party is they both involve humans in groups. Just sayin.

duckheads
05-02-2012, 10:42 AM
Five arrested in alleged Cleveland plot to blow up bridge

http://s1.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20120501&t=2&i=601596749&w=250&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=CBRE8401A5N00
Tue, May 1 2012
By Jeremy Pelofsky (http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=jeremy.pelofsky&) and Kim Palmer
WASHINGTON/CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Authorities arrested five self-described anarchists in the Cleveland area for allegedly plotting to blow up a four-lane highway bridge, but they were caught by an FBI undercover sting and had no ties to foreign terrorism, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
The suspects, ranging in ages from 20 to 37, placed what they believed were bombs on the bridge last night and tried to detonate them by calling and sending text messages to cell phones attached to the explosives, authorities said. The suspects were quickly arrested by the FBI and have been charged with conspiracy and attempting to use explosive materials.
The FBI said the five arrested suspects, identified as Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens and Joshua Stafford, were under continuous watch as part of an undercover operation and that the explosives, supplied by an undercover FBI agent, were inert.
"I want to stress ... at no time during this investigation was the public in danger," FBI agent Stephen Anthony told reporters in Cleveland. The bridge is about 15 miles south of Cleveland in an area popular with hikers and joggers.
The group had no ties to foreign militant organizations and the plot was not connected to the anniversary of the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a raid by U.S. forces a year ago in Pakistan, said a U.S. Justice Department official who declined to be further identified.
The five men appeared in federal court on Tuesday where Magistrate Judge Greg White assigned them attorneys, informed them of the charges and asked if they understood their rights. If convicted of the charges, they could face up to 40 years in prison.
The father of Stevens, visibly upset, shouted as the proceeding concluded, "We love you Connor."
The case began to develop when the FBI learned that some self-described anarchists planned to attend an October 21, 2011, Occupy Cleveland protest, according to court documents and members of the organization.
An FBI informant saw four of the men going through the crowd expressing displeasure at demonstrators' unwillingness to engage in violent acts. The men wore masks and carried walkie-talkies, according to the FBI affidavit filed with the court.
Authorities have kept a close eye on the Occupy protests across the country that have sought to draw attention to economic inequities in the United States. Civil liberties groups have argued the surveillance violated constitutional rights to free speech.
ALLEGED PLOTTERS LINKED TO OCCUPY MOVEMENT
The Occupy Cleveland group acknowledged in a statement posted on Facebook that the men arrested were associated with the movement. "They were in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland," the organization said, adding the group was committed to non-violent protest.
"These were self-described anarchists who formed their own group," said one U.S. law enforcement official. "During the investigation, several of them repeatedly complained that the Occupy movement was too peaceful and would not endorse their violent activities."
Over the next several months, the five men considered a variety of targets for attacks, including this month's Group of 8 leaders' meeting, originally scheduled for Chicago, and this summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, according to the FBI affidavit.
Wright allegedly told the FBI informant that he and others recruited had discussed violent attacks "to send a message to corporations and the United States government," the FBI affidavit said.
The suspects also considered igniting smoke grenades off one bridge while they tried to knock large bank signs off the top of big office buildings in downtown Cleveland and even setting off a car bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank there, the court papers said.
Late last month, the group settled on trying to blow up the four-lane Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge that crosses the Cuyahoga Valley National Park by placing explosives on some of the columns in hopes of the entire bridge collapsing, the court papers added.
Wright told a confidential source working with the FBI that "as long as stuff 'gets f--ked up' he'll be happy with the action," the FBI said in its affidavit filed with the court.
At one point, Wright expressed concern that the undercover FBI agent who sold them what they believed to be powerful C-4 explosives for $900 was a police officer, the affidavit added.
The undercover operation is the latest sting conducted by the FBI and Justice Department in an effort to head off attacks by alleged domestic and foreign militants.
The FBI has used undercover agents to thwart alleged plots like that of four Georgia men accused of wanted to make the deadly toxin ricin and attack government officials, as well as foreign-born individuals who allegedly tried to detonate bombs at an Oregon holiday celebration in 2010 and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington last February.
(Editing by Bill Trott (http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=bill.trott&) and Peter Coone (http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=peter.cooney&)

Marvin S
05-02-2012, 10:56 PM
Wonder what's the thing about those May Day riots in Seattle?

It has to do with Management :) or lack thereof. The lessons of WTO were not learned, so the city slides down a slippery slope. The news had 3 of them arrested, 2 released on their own recognizance. Apparently no one thinks it too serious. I would not want to be a downtown businessperson! If there is anything good I will pass it on :).