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ADL Praises FBI For Arrests In Terrorist Plot To Blow Up Cleveland Bridge

Cleveland, OH, May 1, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force for the arrest of five anarchists who allegedly were plotting to blow up a high-level bridge near Cleveland, Ohio.

Five alleged anarchists were arrested by the FBI on April 30 on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. According to the FBI, the suspects had been under surveillance for some time and were arrested as part of a sting operation.

Nina Sundell, ADL Cleveland Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We applaud the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their investigation leading to the arrests of five individuals in an alleged terrorist plot involving major Cleveland-area landmarks. If this plot and others allegedly hatched by the suspects had succeeded, many Clevelanders would have been put at serious risk.


This would-be attack is a reminder of the ongoing threat of terrorism from many different sources, and we are thankful law enforcement continues to investigate all possible threats to national security involving both domestic and international terrorists. The arrests are a credit to local, state and national law enforcement efforts to work together to identify and thwart terrorists on our soil.

ADL works closely with law enforcement at the local and national levels, providing resources and training on extremism, hate groups and terrorist threats. ADL's Center on Extremism monitors and exposes the activities of extremist groups and domestic terrorists.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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