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May 23, 2012 0

Anarchist Arrests Mark NATO Summit

Five indi­vid­u­als have been arrested by Chicago police in three sep­a­rate bomb-related cases dur­ing the lead-up to the recent NATO Summit.

Three men were arrested in a raid last Wednes­day in con­nec­tion to an alleged plot to attack Pres­i­dent Obama’s cam­paign head­quar­ters and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home, as well as police and finan­cial insti­tu­tions. The men were in pos­ses­sion of Molo­tov cock­tails and instruc­tions for mak­ing pipe bombs, accord­ing to court documents.

The sus­pects, who have been iden­ti­fied as Brian Church, 22 from Florida, Jared Chase, 27 from New Hamp­shire, and Brent Bet­terly, 24 from Mass­a­chu­setts, are all self-described anar­chists. The three trav­eled to Chicago together from Florida, where they were report­edly involved with the Occupy Movement.

Last month, five self-described anar­chists with ties to the Occupy Move­ment were arrested in Ohio after allegedly attempt­ing to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge “to send a mes­sage to cor­po­ra­tions and the United States government.”

Sebas­t­ian Senakiewicz, a 24-year-old self-described anar­chist, was also arrested in Chicago for mak­ing a false ter­ror­is­tic threat. Pros­e­cu­tors said Senakiewicz was unsat­is­fied with the relative-calm lead­ing up to the NATO Sum­mit and allegedly bragged he could blow up a down­town bridge. He report­edly claimed he had access to a vehi­cle packed with explo­sives and weapons.

In fifth man, Mark Nei­weem, 28, was charged with attempted pos­ses­sion of explo­sives. While charg­ing doc­u­ments do not men­tion tar­gets or his motives, the charges assert that he asked other pro­test­ers for mate­ri­als to con­struct a pipe bomb.

Nei­weem is report­edly a mem­ber of the Anar­chist Black Cross (ABC) and fre­quented their online chat rooms. ABC is a national col­lec­tive that aims to sup­port and defend polit­i­cal pris­on­ers and has indi­cated sup­port for class war (abol­ish­ing cap­i­tal­ism). Some ABC “col­lec­tives” merged into a fed­er­a­tion advo­cat­ing armed self-defense through its Tac­ti­cal Defense Cau­cus, which it hoped would orga­nize, recruit and train anar­chists in the tac­ti­cal use of firearms. In his tes­ti­mony before the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Intel­li­gence in Feb­ru­ary of 2005, Robert Mueller, Direc­tor of the FBI, iden­ti­fied the fed­er­a­tion as a poten­tial threat to national security.

Other anar­chists clashed with police at the end of an oth­er­wise peace­ful anti-war protest Sun­day, lead­ing to dozens more arrests.

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May 4, 2012 3

A Hater Until The End: The Last Messages of J.T. Ready

White suprema­cist and anti-immigration extrem­ist J. T. Ready took his life in hor­rific and tragic fash­ion on Wednes­day, killing four oth­ers, includ­ing an infant, before shoot­ing him­self in the Phoenix, Ari­zona, sub­urb of Gilbert. Though the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing, police believe that Ready ini­ti­ated the mur­der­ous spree of domes­tic violence. 

The Anti-Defamation League has uncov­ered Ready’s final on-line mes­sages, reveal­ing that, even in the final hours before he took his own life and the lives of those clos­est to him, he was busy spew­ing hatred and anti-Semitism. Early in the morn­ing of Wednes­day, May 2, the day of the mas­sacre, Ready posted a steady stream of mes­sages to the video host­ing site YouTube as well as to the white suprema­cist mes­sage forum Stormfront.

These mes­sages from Ready drip with heavy-handed racism and anti-Semitism. “Hitler was right,” Ready responded (post­ing under his screen name of USBor­der­Guard) on YouTube to a com­ment from a British user. “And if you are too stu­pid to see that then you deserve to get pushed off your island into the sea by a bunch of for­eign­ers. Jews like Jack Straw have sold you down the river[,] mate.”

In another post, he opined, “Too bad trai­tors from within are sell­ing the UK down the drain and let­ting Pakis in at home to destroy the British race once and for good. I hope the sol­diers revolt and take back their island from the scum.”

In response to a video of jour­nal­ist Mike Wal­lace inter­view­ing Mor­gan Free­man about Black His­tory Month, Ready asserted that “Jews are not White. They hate White peo­ple. [T]hey geno­cide Whites from the planet.” He also repeated this opin­ion in another post in response to a dif­fer­ent video: “The Jew par­a­sites want to geno­cide Whites from the planet in order to enslave the rest of the races. All races should unite against this evil.”

Ready also posted to the hate site Storm­front at this time, though after the shoot­ing spree that site’s mod­er­a­tors deleted his account. How­ever, through Google caches or in responses from other posters who sub­se­quently quoted Ready’s mes­sages, his final com­ments on Storm­front could still be unearthed.

Not sur­pris­ingly, these posts also revealed his obses­sion with anti-Semitism. In them, Ready responded to news that five anar­chists had been arrested in Cleve­land for allegedly attempt­ing to destroy a bridge. Ready seemed con­vinced that Jews were involved, either as per­pe­tra­tors or as plot­ters in the gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing a set-up. “Have [the anar­chists] not yet fig­ured out,” he asked, “that they are both just tools in the same glob­al­ist tyranny toolbox?”

To another poster, who expressed doubt as to whether or not the anar­chist sus­pects were Jew­ish, he responded: “Learn what a Jew looks like[,] then you won’t be so Jew­blind. Call­ing a Jew a ‘hip­ster,’ [C]hristian, athe­ist, Bud­dhist, com­mu­nist, cap­i­tal­ist, lib­eral, con­ser­v­a­tive, trai­tor, patriot, crim­i­nal, saint, demo­c­rat, repub­li­can, or any­thing else…still does not change the racial fact that a JEW is a JEW!”

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May 1, 2012 0

Five Apparent Anarchists Arrested In Plot To Bomb Cleveland Bridge

Update — June 13, 2013: Joshua Stafford was con­victed of con­spir­ing to use a weapon of mass destruc­tion on June 13. He faces up to life-in-prison. The other four sus­pects have all pleaded guilty and were sen­tenced to between six and ten years in prison. 

Five Ohio men were arrested Mon­day night after allegedly attempt­ing to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge “to send a mes­sage to cor­po­ra­tions and the United States government.”

The five men, Dou­glas Wright, Bran­don Bax­ter, Anthony Hayne, Con­nor Stevens, and Joshua Stafford, had been con­sid­er­ing acts of vio­lence for months, accord­ing to fed­eral agents. Two of the men placed what they believed to be explo­sive devices at the bridge and tried to remotely det­o­nate it. The devices, how­ever, were inert and pro­vided by the FBI as part of a sting operation.

Wright, Bax­ter, and Hayne have been charged with con­spir­acy and attempted use of explo­sives; charges against Stevens and Stafford are pending.

All five men were appar­ently involved in Occupy Cleve­land protests and have been char­ac­ter­ized by law enforce­ment or self-identify as anar­chists. Hayne, Stafford, and Bax­ter list the move­ment as their “employer” on their Face­book pages.

In recorded con­ver­sa­tion with the FBI, Bax­ter dis­cussed the impact of blow­ing up a bridge. “Tak­ing out a bridge in the busi­ness dis­trict would cost the…corporate big wigs a lot of money,” he said. Wright believed that the Occupy Move­ment had been coopted by “cor­po­rate Amer­i­can and law enforce­ment” and that there­fore they needed new recruits from out­side the movement.

The media coor­di­na­tor for Occupy Cleve­land denied any knowl­edge of the planned attack, but acknowl­edged that some mem­bers of the move­ment are acquainted with the suspects.

Baxter’s anti-capitalist views were voiced in inter­view last month dur­ing a protest in Cleve­land against home fore­clo­sures. “…I feel the pow­ers that be, who­ever they might be — on all lev­els of gov­ern­ment and those who hold cor­po­rate power — are not lis­ten­ing because not enough peo­ple are actu­ally tak­ing a stance…”

The five men allegedly con­sid­ered other tar­gets for attack, includ­ing the local Fed­eral Reserve Bank and law enforce­ment Fusion Cen­ter, before set­tling on the bridge. Bax­ter inquired into tar­get­ing the Klan or other neo-Nazi groups in Ohio, but was dis­suaded when he was told they were not in Cleve­land. He claimed to have pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in a protest against the Klan in Oak­land, California.

The planned attack was allegedly timed to coin­cide with May Day, a cel­e­bra­tion of Inter­na­tional Work­ers Day that has been seized upon by anar­chist and anti-capitalist groups around the world. May Day events around the world have often fea­tured prop­erty destruc­tion and arrests.

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