The last of five defendants sentenced in a failed anti-Wall Street plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio has appealed his conviction and 10-year sentence.
CLEVELAND - Marking the one year anniversary of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a new report details America's successes against potential terrorist attacks.
America's intelligence agencies have been busy keeping the country safe. Their successes are well-documented. A new report released this week by The Heritage Foundation provides a detailed account of each foiled plot.
Since the horrific and tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, 51 terror plots have been stopped, including Cleveland's foiled bridge attack. Those 51 are just the attacks released to the public by The Homeland Security Department, CIA and FBI. From those 51 failed attacks, five were planned in Ohio.
* April 30, 2012: Planned attack on the Route 82 bridge in Brecksville. Five suspects -- - Douglas Wright, 26; Brandon Baxter, 20; Anthony Hayne, 35; Connor Stevens, 20 and Joshua Stafford, 23 -- were arrested and charged in Federal Court with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive material to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.
* June, 2008: Christopher Paul, a U.S. citizen from Columbus was arrested and charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Paul joined al-Qaida in the 1990s and was involved in plots to target Americans in the U.S. and overseas.
* February, 2006: Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Zand Wassim Mazloum were arrested in Toledo for conspiring to kill outside the U.S., including American troops serving in Iraq.
* November, 2003: Nurandin M. Abdi, a Somali citizen living in Columbus, was arrested and charged with plotting to bomb a Columbus-area shopping mall.
* May, 2003: Iyman Ferris, a naturalized American citizen was living in Colubus when he was arrested for conspiring to use blowtorches to collapse the Brooklyn, NY Bridge.
What this report reveals is that terrorists, both inside the United States, and overseas, continue to plot and plan to harm American citizens.
The Heritage Foundation's report concludes that out of the 51 foiled attacks, 43 of those can be categorized as "home grown" plots, meaning the suspects are either U.S. citizens, or foreign nations who came to America, live here legally, and in many cases, become naturalized citizens.
To read the complete report from The Heritage Foundation, click on this link: http://on.wews.com/IDuPVW
Brecksville bridge bomb plot
One of the five men found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to destroy a northeast Ohio bridge received his sentence Monday.
The last of five defendants in a failed anti-Wall Street plot to bomb a highway bridge near Cleveland faces sentencing after losing another bid for leniency.
Video released on Friday shows a group of men attempting to blow up the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge last year.
The fifth suspect in the Brecksville bomb plot was found guilty on two counts of using weapons of mass destruction and one count of explosions materials.
The last of five suspects in a failed Ohio plot to bomb a highway bridge has taken the stand in his defense.
A prosecutor says an Ohio bridge bomb-plotting suspect planned to use a phone to detonate what he thought were real explosives.
The jury has been chosen in the case of Joshua Stafford, the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio is headed to trial and the defendant will represent himself.
A federal judge will allow the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio to represent himself at trial.