The last national press reports on the five men arrested Monday for plotting to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge reassured everyone that none involved were in responsible roles in the Occupy movement. On Thursday, the Associated Press’s Thomas J. Sheeran wrote that Occupy Cleveland spokespersons “said the men were associated with the group but didn’t represent Occupy Cleveland or its non-violent philosophy.” An earlier AP report paraphrased a claim that they “had been associated with the anticorporate Occupy Cleveland movement but don’t share its nonviolent views.” Reuters carried this quote: “They were in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland.”
Well, last night, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Michael Sangiacomo reported that at least one of the five was once in a sufficiently responsible position within the Occupy group to represent it while signing a lease for space the group used. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the wire services just noted and others will do with what follows:
Suspect in bridge bombing plot signed lease on Occupy Cleveland warehouse
One of the five self-described anarchists arrested last week for attempting to blow up a local bridge signed the lease for a West Side warehouse where about a dozen members of the Occupy Cleveland group live.
In a one-hour recording of a Friday evening general assembly meeting of the group posted on its website http://occupycleveland.com/live-stream/, occupy leaders expressed concern about Anthony Hayne’s name being on the lease, which strengthens his link to the group.
“We have a person facing terrorism charges on the lease of our warehouse,” said one of the leaders. “If this gets into the media, it would be a disaster.”