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United Freedom Front

aka Ohio Seven, Sam Melville/Jonathan Jackson Unit (SMJJU)

In 1987, the United Freedom Front (UFF), a clandestine, militant anti-imperialist group, faced one of the longest seditious conspiracy trials in U.S. history. While all members were acquitted of the conspiracy charges, most were sent to prison on related charges, including bombing corporate buildings and military installations between 1982 and 1984 and the death of a New Jersey state trooper.

The UFF carried out more than 10 bombings in the New York metropolitan area during the early 1980s. In May 1983, explosions rocked military reserve centers in Nassau County and Queens. These bombings came a few months after the UFF attacked an IBM office in Harrison, New York; the South African embassy office in Elmont, Long Island; and a federal building on Staten Island that housed the FBI and an Army-Navy recruiting office.

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