If you were wondering how, exactly, the FBI stopped five anarchists allegedly set on blowing up a bridge in Cleveland, now you have an answer: the Feds infiltrated Occupy Wall Street.
(Related: Get more details and see more pictures of the group)
The website The Smoking Gun got a hold of the U.S. District Court records, which show that the FBI had an informant who infiltrated the Occupy Cleveland movement:
It was at the October 21 OWS event that the informant first met Douglas Wright, 26, who reportedly confided details of his group’s planned attacks “against corporate America and the financial system,” according to court filings.
Pictured above, Wright eventually served as the informant’s bridge to the four other men busted in the bombing plot--despite the fact that the quartet was “unsure” about the snitch for whom Wright vouched. Of the five men arrested, four were involved in the Occupy Cleveland movement, according to their Facebook profiles, a news story, and a federal criminal complaint.
The documents also reveal more extensively the group's thinking, including some of the ideas they didn't implement (like one from a Batman episode):
* As the alleged plotters batted around assorted attack ideas--like bombing a “Nazi/Klan headquarters” or blowing up a Federal Reserve bank--Wright joked that he would wear a suicide vest and blow himself up, “but advised he would have to be very drunk.”
* Wright suggested using Google Maps to figure out the area near the Cleveland-area bridge “where the bombs will be dropped and the get-away route."
* Baxter also “suggested getting tacks that they could throw out of the back of the car if they get in a chase.” This getaway tactic was last successfully used in a Batman episode from 1967.
You can read more about the group's plans over at The Smoking Gun.