A federal appellate court Friday upheld the sentences of four men who plotted to blow up the Ohio 82 bridge that spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge David Dowd Jr. acted correctly in doling out prison terms for Douglas Wright, Anthony Hayne, Brandon Baxter and Connor Stevens. The men had pleaded guilty in federal court in Akron to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and other weapons charges.
At issue here was whether conspiring and attempting to murder several hundred or thousand American civilians – or, as the defense describes these people, activities done by ‘misguided pranksters’ – should have been considered a terrorist action worthy of jail time. The defendants are very lucky that the eventual decision was made by a court, and not, say, anybody who regularly drives on the bridge in question. If it had been the latter, then the defendants might have ended up being a permanent feature of the bridge…
6th Cir. upholds convictions of the Ohio Occupy bomb plotters. http://t.co/5JNfcnSOSP
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 31, 2014
PS: In case it isn’t obvious: I am perfectly fine with the FBI trolling a net through protest movements and netting all of the people who are up to go out and murder American citizens. Because if the FBI doesn’t track down these people, somebody else might.