(From MSNBC) “Douglas L. Wright, 26, Brandon L. Baxter, 20, and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on April 30 on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23. Charges are pending against them.
“‘The five were “controlled by an undercover FBI employee,’ and agents had them under extensive surveillance for a long period of time. The explosives they allegedly purchased were inoperable.
“‘There was never any danger,’ one federal official said.”
(From Fox) “It is unknown if the bridge incident was connected to Occupy Wall Street’s plans for nationwide protests Tuesday.”
If perhaps, like myself, you are afflicted by the unfortunate addiction to the daily regressive rantings of the Newsbusters.org writing staff, you would I am sure have cringed in gross disbelief in staff writer Matthew Sheffield’s ridiculous and baseless assertion that yesterday’s bridge-bombing plot was actually connected to the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring in unison across the country and, more specifically, Cleveland.
Like many of his right-wing brethren, Sheffield leaps willfully in a thinly-veiled attempt to not only suggest that the five suspects taken into custody by the FBI were perhaps connected to the OWS movement, but are, undeniably, active leaders of the grassroots and widely non-violent protest.
Within the very first line of his post, he sets the stage:
“The leaders of the plot to bomb an Ohio highway bridge are members of the ‘Occupy’ movement,” he writes, “ but you won’t find that information in much of the mainstream media coverage of the story.”
Appalled by the “mainstream” media’s reluctance to cover a story that has no merit, Sheffield laments the would-be bombers’ connections to OWS yet offers absolutely no proof whatsoever to his condemnation, save for a brief link-out to a Breitbart.com story of the same nature and – as typical of most things pushed by the Breitbart moniker – a distinct slant on reality.
But even that withstanding, the Breitbart piece alone portrays the band of anarchists’ sheer displeasure with the Occupy Movement’s lack of violence and ultimate separation; where author Dan Riehl quotes an unnamed source in which the members ridiculed Occupy for not being on par with their violent, anarchistic world views.
As such, the rag-tag bunch of misfits decided to lash out on their own and – due to their own stupidity – were flagged by authorities months ago.
So why does Sheffield not focus on this? Oh, that’s right – it would not fit well within the narrative of his knee-jerk post.
Instead of examining the chronology of an event – or in this case, non-event – Sheffield instead purposefully attempts to attach blame to a peaceful, citizen-led, nation-wide movement for the actions of a small group of anarchy-obsessed “separatists” who had long-since denounced Occupy’s apparently all-too-humble cause.