While the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC), along with the recent G8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia were declared “National Special Security Events” back in May as a result of the possibility of terrorist attacks, a new government alert cites “unconfirmed information” that “terrorists” have specific plans to target the media using “explosive or incendiary devices” as a way of disrupting the DNC. While the story is being covered outside of Boston as a possible “terrorist” threat, in Boston it is being reported that the attacks may come from “a radical domestic group” that wants to disrupt the convention.
Despite an unprecedented level of security at the DNC—a large network of surveillance cameras, a huge security operation coordinated with federal agencies, and a plan to restrict protests to certain areas of Boston, the new alert is possibily part of a pre-emptive campaign targeting activists planning protests outside at the DNC. This week in Boston FBI agents have visited the home of an anti-DNC organizer, the second such visit in recent weeks. Meanwhile, in the central United States, the FBI has been visiting various anarchists and asking questions about upcoming demonstrations at the DNC and RNC. So far, one arrest has been made in Denver (for outstanding tickets) after the FBI raided two the homes, while visits have occurred in Lawrence, KS, Colombia, MO, and Kirksville, MO.