Five Arrested in plot to bomb Cleveland area bridge | Government Security News
There are things to learn from this "Anarchist" bomb plot. One is that we need to take a deep breath; most people that are part of the Occupy movement are not the terrorist type. In fact I think most Occupiers would have booted these folks out. But it also points to the fact the Occupiers should be the ones to report folks like these to the police; just kicking them out will not defuse the situation, and actually may provoke them into action. Folks like these just hurt the cause that Occupy is trying to support.
I remember sitting on the set at CNN with the Former FBI Director Webster, the day after McVey's bombing of the Federal Building. We both discussed the fact that McVey had been kicked out of a number of Militia Groups prior to his escalation plotting a bomb attack. When approached by myself and others after the fact, the groups all stated they never would have supported a bombing, most definitely not where innocent children could have been hurt. But none had even thought of contacting the police, which is where the problem arises.
Two, this is not the first time Anarchist types have become violent. McVey was a type of anarchist, but even before him anarchists have bombed Wall Street, the Capital, Pentagon, and various corporate offices around the world. In most cases we find a person with an existing criminal record joining a mildly militant offshoot, who convinces the group to move from talk to action. The authorities have to be careful when infiltrating these groups, and not become the catalyst that moves the group from talkers to action takers. This would be entrapment, which is probably what the arrested suspects will claim as a defense.
Three, most of the time the majority of the players like McVey will not have a criminal record, so will pass most background checks, like the folks joining the Pre-check Program the TSA is setting up. As such, they pose a huge risk, and could easily become an insider threat problem. This problem will be covered more in depth in future writings.
Four, Anarchists types (which many would consider the Occupiers to be a type of anarchist), are normally not considered a dangerous problem, and in fact some schools actively promote student activity in these movements. As such many Occupiers may know of these little off shoot groups, but not say anything, mainly because they feel they would not act out in that way, so why would these folks. This gives the group a hiding place to work on their plans, and escape back into in the future.
Five, unlike the Islamic based groups we are more familiar with, the Cleveland anarchists did not want to hurt innocents, so may make threat calls to evacuate buildings or in this case, were contemplating putting safety cones on the bridge entrances, to reduce the chance of death, in the end they did not warn anyone, but killing does not further their cause, so may give warnings. So now is the time to dust off those Bomb Threat Plans, and Bomb Threat Phone calls forms.
Six, there are lots of online places to learn how to make and used bombs. Back in the 60's, 70's & 80's a book called the Anarchist Cookbook, was available at book stores, in fact the last one I found was misplaced in the actual cook book section of the store. People need to be aware of folks that are visiting these sites, or buying books like these. This maybe the only warning we will get.
So in closing, do not overreact to talk from folks in the Occupy movement, or similar groups, but keep an eye out for behavior that goes beyond the talk, and starts to take action on their talk. Yes, the Feds are trying to infiltrate these groups, but can not get into all of them, and after this arrest it will get harder for the police to make inroads into the groups. This leaves the groups themselves to police themselves, or people close to them like family members to keep an eye on suspect behavior.