Monday, August 16, 2004

FBI track potential troublemakers at Republican convention

Federal agents and New York City police are keeping tabs on radical activists and others they believe might try to cause trouble at the Republican National Convention.

The police and federal agents are making unannounced visits to people's homes, conducting interviews and monitoring Web sites and meetings.

The law enforcement effort has been overshadowed by far-reaching counter-terrorism measures planned for the convention. Officials won't discuss it, other than to insist that investigators always act within the boundaries of the law.

A spokeswoman for the Secret Service says they expect to respond to an increase in possible domestic threats against President Bush and other dignitaries as the convention at Madison Square Garden nears. The Secret Service is also playing a lead role in planning convention security.

But law enforcement sources say that in recent weeks, federal agents have begun interviewing people in the New York City area they believe might know about plots to cause mayhem at the convention.

The intelligence unit of the New York Police Department has been closely monitoring Web sites run by self-described anarchists. It also has sought to infiltrate protest groups with young, scruffy-looking officers posing as activists.
Screwing around with the local law enforcement is one thing, but if the FBI gets involved in your shenagans be prepared to get one in the dumper with not even as much as a kiss.

To the Klintoonista Riders on the Short Bus of Lifeā„¢- Thanks to Nicedoggie.net for that one.

Maybe it might be in your best interest to move your protesting to.. um.. Vermont.

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