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Whatever the Threat (Anti-Anarchist Scare Story)

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  • Dan Clore
    News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo Not that the terrorism potential is being overlooked. But the Secret Service and
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 21, 2008
      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

      Not that the terrorism potential is being overlooked. But the Secret
      Service and FBI are giving special attention to the possibility of
      action by other extremists -- radicals from the left or right,
      anarchists, lone wolf crazies -- who might be attracted to the
      conventions because of the significance and high visibility.

      [...]

      Going into the conventions, Dickson said the bureau is looking at
      intelligence about anarchist groups to prevent violent disruptions and
      attacks. He would not name the groups.

      [...]

      http://tinyurl.com/62tsnu
      Newsday.com
      Whatever the threat, Secret Service takes on massive security effort at
      political conventions
      By EILEEN SULLIVAN
      Associated Press Writer
      6:43 PM EDT, August 20, 2008

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every day the Secret Service thinks: Today could be
      THE day.

      That's the sober mind-set going into the presidential conventions --
      both of which present special security challenges for this legendary
      agency in the throes of the longest political campaign in history.

      This will be the second set of conventions since the Sept. 11, 2001
      terrorist attacks. But, perhaps surprisingly to outsiders, al-Qaida is
      not the leading concern.

      Not that the terrorism potential is being overlooked. But the Secret
      Service and FBI are giving special attention to the possibility of
      action by other extremists -- radicals from the left or right,
      anarchists, lone wolf crazies -- who might be attracted to the
      conventions because of the significance and high visibility.

      This year, the significance of Obama's race is not lost on anyone either.

      There has been only low-level chatter on white supremacist blogs and
      nothing aimed at the convention, according to Mark Potok, who regularly
      monitors these blogs for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery,
      Ala. And the Secret Service and FBI say they do not have any specific
      threats with racist overtones.

      Still, says Potok, "I think that officials have every right to be worried."

      In advance of the conventions, November's election and the new
      president's inauguration, the FBI set up a special cell that brings
      together officials from other federal agencies to look at all potential
      threats, said Ed Dickson, FBI's acting deputy assistant director for
      counterterrorism.

      Going into the conventions, Dickson said the bureau is looking at
      intelligence about anarchist groups to prevent violent disruptions and
      attacks. He would not name the groups.

      Dickson would not comment on potential disruptions from radical Islamic
      groups, but said, "We're always concerned about al-Qaida and like-minded
      groups."

      According to an April federal intelligence assessment, hardened
      structures, like the convention stadiums, are unlikely targets for
      al-Qaida. The assessment said security officers and barriers are a
      deterrent as far as al-Qaida is concerned.

      The Secret Service budgeted more than $15 million for both conventions,
      but it will cost a couple of million more because of Democratic
      candidate Barack Obama's decision to accept his party's nomination at an
      open-air stadium in Denver. Each convention city was also given $50
      million from the federal government for security efforts.

      Security at the Denver and St. Paul, Minn., sites ranges from routine
      magnetometers -- the kind you would find at airports -- to
      countersnipers, undercover officers and air patrols. The Secret Service
      also has assigned trained officials to identify and prevent cyber
      security risks. And the service, as it does at every convention, has
      mapped out escape routes for the candidates and president.

      "As you look at these type of events, they are a very attractive
      target," Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said.

      Many of the agency's roughly 4,400 agents and officers will be working
      the conventions. There will be help, too, from thousands of other
      federal, state and local officials -- including police, airport
      screeners, nuclear weapons experts and intelligence analysts.

      Tens of thousands of delegates, reporters, protesters and other
      interested folks will flock to Denver Aug. 25-28 and St. Paul Sept. 1-4.
      These conventions are attractive platforms for terrorists and other
      groups that want to cause disruptions.

      The timing poses a unique challenge for the Secret Service as well.
      Coming off protection details in China where U.S. dignitaries traveled
      for the Olympics, the agents and officers go straight to Denver.

      "It's a tremendous pull of resources," said Nick Trotta, assistant
      director of the Secret Service's Protective Division.

      It costs the Secret Service about $45,000 a day to protect each
      candidate. The agency has already asked for more money to cover
      unexpected costs -- an extra $9.5 million on top of the $85.25 million
      that was budgeted for the 2008 campaign. Obama received Secret Service
      protection almost a year earlier than officials expected and has had a
      detail since May 2007. And as soon as each candidate announces his vice
      presidential pick, new protective details are deployed for the
      second-in-command hopefuls.

      "We just always have to assume that there's someone out there, you know,
      looking to come after us, looking to come after the people we protect,"
      Sullivan said. "Today could be the day, and you need to be ready."

      ___

      Associated Press Writers P. Solomon Banda and Amy Forliti contributed to
      this report from Denver and Minneapolis.

      --
      Dan Clore

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      Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
      in charge on this island?
      Professor: Why, no one.
      Skipper: No one?
      Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
      -- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"
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