Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The FBI's Cleveland Bridge Bomb Plot Informant
The Associated Press reports:
An attorney representing one of five defendants in an alleged conspiracy to blow up an Ohio bridge questioned the role of an undercover informant, saying the ex-con hired by the FBI appeared to have played an active role in the plot.
Their arrests that night marked the latest case in which FBI agents or informants planned fake terrorism plots alongside targeted suspects. Cleveland defense lawyer John Pyle also said Wednesday that the case could be one of "the tail wagging the dog." He said his client, Brandon Baxter, will plead not guilty in the case, which is set for a preliminary hearing next week.
Much of a 22-page FBI affidavit outlining the charges was based on the work of an undercover operative who has drug, robbery and bad check convictions.
"We need to get the discovery and put the case under a microscope," Pyle said. "But just on the basis on the filing in the court, there's some indicators that this informant was playing a really active role."
Federal authorities described the men as anarchists who are angry with corporate America and the government and unknowingly worked with an FBI informant for months as they crafted and carried out their plan. [...]
Their arrests that night marked the latest case in which FBI agents or informants planned fake terrorism plots alongside targeted suspects...