Who's the real threat: Vegan potlucks or Ron Paul's revolutionaries?
Matt Snyders' story on the FBI soliciting informants to infiltrate lefty groups in advance of the Republican National Convention is generating a lot of interest in the blogosphere and has quickly entered our pantheon of Most Viewed articles. From his story:
What they were looking for, Carroll says, was an informant—someone to show up at “vegan potlucks” throughout the Twin Cities and rub shoulders with RNC protestors, schmoozing his way into their inner circles, then reporting back to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between multiple federal agencies and state and local law enforcement. The effort’s primary mission, according to the Minneapolis division’s website, is to “investigate terrorist acts carried out by groups or organizations which fall within the definition of terrorist groups as set forth in the current United States Attorney General Guidelines.”
The funniest part is that the authorities think that "vegan potlucks" are a great place to find rabblerousers. These are people who are so sensitive that they think a Whopper is cruel and unusual. Apparently, when the revolution is televised, it will be served with hummus.
If authorities are serious about protecting the city from riots, they might want to send some of their infilitrators to the next Ron Paul meeting. Just look at this recent video from Paul's supporters, which to my eyes looks like some kind of weird mashup of Birth of a Nation, Triumph of the Will, and The Sims: Fringe Candidates Edition.
Footage of police firing on protestors? Images of Redcoats marching in the Revolutionary War? A soundtrack last used in a Michael Bay movie? If this isn't an incitement to violence, I don't know what is.