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FBI Terrorism Unit Warns of Potential Violence from Black Activists

Protest in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Protest in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A leaked FBI report shows the federal government is worried that “black identity extremists” are a violent threat.

The August 2017 assessment by the FBI’s counter-terrorism division claims that “perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence.” 

The assessment has raised concerns among civil rights activists that black activists will be targets of surveillance.

“When we talk about enemies of the state and terrorists, with that comes an automatic stripping of those people’s rights to speak and protest,” Mohammad Tajsar, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Guardian. “It marginalizes what are legitimate voices within the political debate that are calling for racial and economic justice.” 

In a statement to Foreign Policy, the FBI said it cannot initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or the exercise of First Amendment rights.” 

Secret Service Worried About Possible Violence at Trump Inauguration

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on edge as it prepares for one of the most contentious inauguration days in U.S. history.

Protesters plan to converge in Washington D.C. to rally against Donald Trump, while tens of thousands of his supporters are expected to gather for the event, WTOP reports. 

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said he’s worried about potential violent acts.

“I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Clancy said.

Clancy pointed out other incidents during the campaign, “where people jumped over those bike racks or security zones into our buffer. In the past, it was very rare for somebody to do that. Today, in this past campaign, people were willing to do it.”

Among the concerns are terrorist attacks.

“We know that this (Washington region) is a high-profile [terror] target. It’s been attacked in the past, historically,” said Paul Abbate, the FBI’s executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.

Judge Orders FBI, CIA, NSA to Disclose Spying on Occupy Protesters

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has ordered the FBI, CIA and NSA to disclose any evidence that they spied on Occupy Philly protesters.

U.S. District Judge Berle Schiller gave the agencies 60 days to comply with the order, Al Jazeera reports. 

Civil rights activists want to know whether the agencies spied on protesters who camped outside Philadelphia City Hall for seven weeks in 2011.

“The government should not be investigating its citizens simply because they’ve raised their voices in dissent, whether it’s against government or corporate policy,” civil rights lawyer Paul Hetznecker said Tuesday.

The right-to-know case follows the revelation that the FBI was monitoring Occupy Wall Street rallies in New York and other cities.

Secret Service to Boost Security Around Trump Tower Amid Protests

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service ad NYPD are boosting security around Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives, because of protests targeting the building.

The tower all is expected to be the president-elect’s base of operations to prepare for his transition to the White House, NBC New York reports. 

NYPD said the department is “assisting the Secret Service with security measures for the President-elect.”

The Secret Service also will handle Trump’s personal security.

The extra security is intended to help with crowd control as protests continue to break out in New York.

Black Lives Matter Activists Claim FBI Agents Urging Not to Protest at RNC

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Black Lives Matter activists said FBI agents have been urging them not to protest at this week’s Republican convention in Cleveland.

The Washington Post repots that Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson asked President Obama to instruct the FBI to stop contacting activists ahead of the convention.

The Post reports:

Activists in Cleveland, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, and St. Louis have all told The Washington Post that they have been visited by FBI agents in recent days, which the activists consider an intimidation tactic.

One activist with Campaign Zero, the group co-founded by Mckesson, tweeted about a recent encounter he had with an FBI agent.

An activist in New York said an agent visited his home earlier this week.

“I don’t want to talk about particular groups here but there is a concern anytime there’s an event like this that people from across a spectrum of radical groups will be attracted to it,” FBI Director James Comey said during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing.

Secret Service, Police Say They’re Prepared for RNC Protests in Cleveland

GOP elephantBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Thousands of protesters are planning to converge in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

But the Secret Service and Cleveland police said the city is prepared for potential unrest, Fox8 reports.

Crew have set up barricades to create a security perimeter around the venues for the RNC.

“It’s gonna cause complications to people coming in and out of downtown,” said one downtown worker.

“It’s gonna cause complications to people coming in and out of downtown,” said one downtown worker.

“I heard about the security measures they’re putting up down here…downtown Cleveland is about to be as safe as it’s ever been,” said a Cleveland resident walking through downtown.

“We are prepared, we are ready to welcome the world to Cleveland,” said Agent Ronald Rowe with the U.S. Secret Service.

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Homeland Security Secretary Says He’s ‘Concerned’ about Race Relations

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous rallies nationwide following the police shootings of black people, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’s “concerned” about race relations in America.

Trying to speak to both police and protesters, Johnson said, “Violence never solves anything.”

“An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind and at this point, we need to stand with our law enforcement community,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Johnson also was referring tot he sniper attack the killed five officers and injured seven others in Dallas.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking with Johnson, criticized Black Lives Matter.

“The reality of the Black Lives Matter movement is it is significantly focused, primarily focused on police and their efforts to portray police and the police profession in a very negative way, which is unfortunate,” he said.

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Donald Trump Rallies Are Putting Strain on Secret Service Agents

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the Secret Service said his agents’ jobs are tougher because of the rowdy rallies held by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“There’s no question that some of these events create even more challenges for us,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told lawmakers at a House Appropriations committee hearing Tuesday.

On Saturday, agents jumped on stage to protect Trump after a man jumped over a fence and appeared to be lunging at the Republican frontrunner. Just a day earlier, Trump canceled a rally in Chicago after hundreds of protesters turned out in loud opposition to the Republican.

But Clancy reiterated that his agents are not responsible for removing disruptive protesters, NBC News reports. 

“We are there to protect our protectee,” Clancy said. “If there are people that are disrupting the event, that is not our primary responsibility.”

The responsibility for handling protesters is up to event security or local law enforcement, Clancy aid.

“We do not interfere with people’s First Amendment rights. People have the right to voice their opinions and it’s for the host committee to decide whether that’s disruptive to that event.”

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