The peaceful Left, part 2
Just a wonderful day to remind ourselves that the Left has long had a violent streak, and it’s not taking a break for the major parties’ national conventions:
Law enforcement agencies are bracing for the possibility of violent protests at the 2012 national political conventions.
The FBI and Department of Homeland security say they have “high confidence” extremists are preparing to disrupt both the Republican National Convention, which is slated to open in Tampa this Monday, and the Democratic National Convention, which gets under way the following week in Charlotte, according to a joint intelligence bulletin issued Tuesday by the agencies.
“The most serious threat to persons and property during the conventions continues to emanate from anarchist extremists willing to use improvised incendiary devices (IIDs) or improvised explosive devices (IEDs),” the agencies wrote.
According to the bulletin, “anarchist extremists may travel from states outside of Florida and North Carolina to engage in criminal activity during the conventions.”
The FBI says it learned in March that anarchists from New York may attempt to shut down Tampa-area bridges during the GOP gathering.
Though demonstrators may be unable to pierce security at the conventions themselves, the agencies say they could target nearby businesses and transportation networks.
Oh good, they’re going to be planting bombs in nearby businesses. That’ll be much more effective than boycotting them.