Oops: Occupiers Admit on Video That Ohio Terror Suspect Signed Lease for â€˜Occupy Clevelandâ€™ Warehouse
At the time, we showed you that at least two of the members said they worked at â€œOccupy Clevelandâ€ on their Facebook pages, though many other media outlets were seemingly unsure if there was any connection between the â€œOccupyâ€ movement, and the criminal plot. But now the Occupiers have been caught on tape admitting one of the suspected plotters was such an active member that his name was on the lease for the groupâ€™s warehouse.
Last week, even if the connection was mentioned it was usually only to remark that the men were radicals loosely affiliated with the movement. In fact, an articlein todayâ€™s Washington Post still makes no mention of the link, despite mounting evidence to the fact.
But in what represents one of the most concrete links thus far, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that one of the suspects, Anthony (Tony) Hayne, signed the leasewhere roughly a dozen of Occupy Clevelandâ€™s members live. Whatâ€™s it based on? Well, the Occupiers recorded themselves admitting it during a â€œgeneral assemblyâ€:
In a one-hour recording of a Friday evening general assembly meeting of the group posted on its website http://occupycleveland.com/live-stream/, occupy leaders expressed concern about Anthony Hayneâ€™s name being on the lease, which strengthens his link to the group.
â€œWe have a person facing terrorism charges on the lease of our warehouse,â€ said one of the leaders. â€œIf this gets into the media, it would be a disaster.â€
At the time of his arrest, Hayne was already wanted for violating his probation, having stolen $2,000 from a restaurant last year. With a criminal record stretching back to 2000, he also served a year in prison in 2007 for beating his wife.