CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte/AP) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warn anarchist extremists could use explosives during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
In a Joint Intelligence Bulletin, the agencies believe extremist groups will use violence to help disrupt both the DNC and RNC.
“During past national and international political and economic events, anarchist extremists have blocked streets, intersections, and bridges to disrupt or impede local business operations and public transportation access and, in some instances have initiated violent confrontations with the police,” the statement read.
The bulletin added: “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).”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said his department has the resources available to deal with potential anarchists.
“I think we have the ability to recognize it, to spot it,” Monroe told WBTV. “We have some pretty aggressive things in place to identify it, should those activities take place, but even if it does I believe we have the resources and the strategy for dealing with it.”
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is also not worried about possible disruptions.
“Our law enforcement agencies have been working closely together and I’m confident that they’re going to perform well during the convention,” Foxx told WBTV.
The bulletin warns that extremist groups will most likely use social networking sites, Internet chat rooms and smart phones to coordinate possible violent disruptions or organize rally points.
Global hacking group “Anonymous” is planning to make its presence felt at the Republican convention in Tampa next week.
“Republican National Convention is coming and as always Anonymous will be there for you, for us all defending what is true freedom, defending what is right,” the YouTube video said. “The whispers of revolution blow in the wind … RNC 2012, here we come.”
Congress has given Tampa and Charlotte $50 million each in taxpayer money to try to ensure everyone’s safety during the political gatherings that crown each party’s presidential candidate every four years.
The FBI and Homeland Security do believe though that the majority of the protesters will be non-violent.
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