UPDATE: If Black Bloc is in control it IS going to get ugly…
Federal authorities are urging law enforcement agencies across the country to watch out for signs that extremists might be planning to wreak havoc at the upcoming political conventions — by blocking roads, shutting down transit systems and even employing what were described as acid-filled eggs.
The warning came in a joint FBI-Department of Homeland Security bulletin issued Wednesday.
The bulletin specifically warned about a group of anarchists from New York City who could be planning to travel to the convention sites to disrupt the events by blockading bridges.
The joint bulletin, titled “Potential For Violent or Criminal Action By Anarchist Extremists During The 2012 National Political Conventions,” says anarchist extremists likely don’t have the capability to overcome heightened security measures set up by the conventions themselves. In addition, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said Tuesday that fences have been established around “some of the more attractive government targets.”
Instead, extremists could target nearby infrastructure, including businesses and transit systems, according to Wednesday’s bulletin.
The bulletin mentions possible violent tactics anarchist extremists could employ, including the use of molotov cocktails or acid-filled eggs.
Anarchists “see both parties as the problem,” so both conventions are prime targets for them, a federal law enforcement official told Fox News.
h/t YOU know who you are
Graffiti was found on a downtown rooftop at Florida Avnue and Tyler Street, along with bricks and pipes.
As security officials prepare for next week’s Republican National Convention, Tampa police are investigating whether there are links between the Aug. 15 posting of a YouTube video purporting to be from the hacker collective known as Anonymous and the discovery of pipes and bricks on a downtown rooftop two days later.
The eight-minute video, titled “ANONYMOUS: Message 2 RNC Activists F.B.I TPD & PI Bill Warner,” features a figure in a blue outfit wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, speaking in a computer-altered voice.
The video shows images of a car burning and police in riot gear marching through an unidentified city. The figure says, “You have an opportunity to fight back at the Republican National Convention. How you fight back is up to you … but it is a fact that flowers and holding up signs stopped working long ago.”
The time is coming, RNC is near. So we lay a final message to the Activists that will be at RNC. As well as a message to people of America. And a special message for the ones who have been feeding misinformation to the public the F.B.I, T.P.D and PI Bill Warner. The public needs to know that they should not fear us, we are on the side of the American people. We are not terrorists but we are not pacifists. We are Anonymous, we fight for every American who is sick of politicians and corporations running our lives, making our decisions and causing the suffering of our people. No matter how many of us fall in battle we can not be stopped. Anonymous is indeed very real and alive. We are collectives of normal everyday Americans all around you, we are not a few but many. We all share one ideology, what we stand for is true freedom. Freedom from the oppressive regime that our government has become. Let us band together and knock down the walls of the clean zone for it violates our constitution. The city of Tampa is our city, the peoples city. Together united by one divided zero we will fight for what belongs to the people. May freedom be with you all.
The pipes and bricks were found Friday on the roof of a building at 1004 N. Florida Ave., on the northwest corner of Florida Avenue and Tyler Street. Graffiti, including the numeral “99″ and an image of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, similar to those worn by members of the Anonymous collective, as well as Occupy movement protestors, was found on the building.
Bennett called the video “disappointing” because police are trying to ensure everyone who wants to protest is able to exercise their constitutional rights.
“I think when they said ‘flowers don’t work’ and try to mention certain things we would call peaceful demonstrating don’t work, I think that sets a tone,” he said.
The video, posted by someone called “Holly Hopper,” complains that Tampa police have monitored their activities. It also takes aim at the media and a Sarasota-based private investigator named Bill Warner who has run an online campaign against Anonymous and the anarchist group Black Bloc.
Warner, whose website features numerous mentions of both groups, said he was named in the video “because I have been the most vocal person about the Black Bloc and the domestic terrorist links to the people in the Occupy protest movements.”
Black Bloc and Anon Bloc are loosely organized anarchist groups that have shown up at past conventions and other major public events and typically are known for violence and vandalism. Black Bloc members wear all black and spark confrontations with police.
The symbol for Anonymous and the Occupy movement is Fawkes, an Englishman who tried to bomb Parliament in the early 1600s. The masks became symbols for the Occupy protesters after the film “V for Vendetta,” in which an anarchist models himself as a modern Fawkes and rebels against a fascist government.
~ I wonder if they will also do this to the DNC Convention?!