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Pure coincidence? The aforementioned media spokesman for OWS Cleveland, who admitted the men attended group events, insisted that they “weren’t affiliated with or representing the group.” Yet it is being reported by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that Brandon Baxter “had for months attended Occupy Cleveland protests, actions and [had been] sitting at the group’s tent on Public Square,” and that he was also arrested with other movement members. Breitbart.com is reporting that Anthony Hayne “was organizing the information session” for the October 21st Cleveland protest. And three men named, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne and Joshua Stafford, appear to have Facebook accounts listing #OccupyCleveland as their occupation or place of employment. Facebook photographs picturing two of the men look exactly like those of the plotters posted by the FBI, although whether or not those Facebook accounts belong to the suspects remains unconfirmed.
Perhaps most tellingly, the Cleveland OWS May Day rally was cancelled following news of the arrest. OWS Cleveland released a statement claiming the cancellation was due to “the alleged actions of the autonomous group arrested [Monday] night,” adding that “Occupy Cleveland has … affirmed principles of non-violence since its inception on October 6, 2011.”
Yet the cancellation raises an obvious question: if the would-be bombers had no real association with OWS Cleveland, then why cancel the protest?
Debbie Kline of Jobs with Justice claimed it would have been in “bad taste” to go on with OWS Cleveland’s plans to “occupy” the GE Lighting building. She then inadvertently offered the ultimate rationale for dismissing all of the despicable behavior that’s been associated with the OWS movement. “When you’re in a movement, you can’t kick people out when they are volunteers,” she contended. “These five were acting on their own, they didn’t have any part of the greater movement. There are ‘fringey’ people all over the place,” she added.
It’s a rather large “fringe.” From the movement’s beginning in New York City on September 24, 2011, through April 26, 2012, there have been 6,990 documented arrests in 114 cities across the nation directly associated with the OWS movement. Yesterday, protests yet again turned violent in Oakland and Seattle. In San Francisco, cars and property were vandalized Monday night.
And now in Cleveland, a domestic terror plot was hatched, aimed at inflicting al-Qaeda-like casualties Americans.
OWS can attempt to disavow connection with such a plot, but thousands of arrests in hundreds of cities, coupled with instances of anti-semitism, sexual assaults (including rape), vandalism, and even murder can hardly be attributed solely to “fringe” or “rogue” elements “hijacking” an otherwise peaceful movement. The OWS movement’s reason for existence is to disrupt the normal course of everyday life at every opportunity and to turn “one percent” of Americans into literal enemies of the nation. The notion that they can accomplish such objectives, especially the latter one, “non-violently” is ludicrous. The bomb plotters did nothing more than engage in ideological one-upmanship. They followed the logical progression of a movement dedicated, despite all their faux high-mindedness, to one over-riding idea: Us against them.
It is a template tailor-made for the kind of trajectory that leads directly from bombast to bombings.
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