A group of five self-proclaimed "anarchists" were arrested today after plotting to bomb a Ohio bridge that links two wealthy Cleveland suburbs because they were "angry with corporate America and the government." They had been unknowingly working with an FBI informant for months who supplied them with fake bombs as part of a sting operation, a tactic that federal investigators have been using recently to catch alleged terrorists.
According to AP:
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," [U.S. Attorney Steven] Dettelbach said.
The men were charged with conspiracy and trying to bomb property used in interstate commerce. All five appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court, where Magistrate Judge Greg White ordered them jailed without bond pending a hearing Monday.
The men were charged with conspiracy and trying to bomb property used in interstate commerce, and have been ordered to be jailed without bond. The charges carry a penalty of more than 20 years in prison.