FBI: Concerned Over Lone Wolf Attacks At Republican National Convention

Anthony said the agency is particularly concerned with a “lone-wolf” style attack reminiscent of the sniper slayings of five police officers in Dallas

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Federal authorities have uncovered no specific, credible threats to security for next week’s Republican National Convention, the Cleveland FBI said Tuesday.

Agents have learned some protest groups plan to disrupt events at the convention, but FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said investigators have found no evidence of a large-scale attack on the convention. 

“That’s not to say there aren’t things that concern us everyday, regardless of whether the RNC is here or not,” Anthony said at a Tuesday morning security briefing.

The announcement came at a wide-ranging security briefing Tuesday in which local and federal authorities spoke with media at the secret site of the Multi-Agency Communications Center.

Reporters agreed not to reveal the location of the site for security reasons.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Police Chief Calvin Williams and U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said they are confident in the security plan that they have in place.

While the FBI does not “rank” threats, Anthony said the agency is particularly concerned with a “lone-wolf” style attack reminiscent of the sniper slayings of five police officers in Dallas, the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub and an attack at an office party in San Bernadino, California.

To combat that kind of attack, Anthony called on the public to use a special tip -line set up Friday to report suspicious activity. That number is 1-800-225-5324.

Anthony said that the FBI and local police have set a communication network to quickly share information between the 73 law enforcement and government agencies expected to participate in the security plan.

Anthony’s comments came after other officials expressed confidence in the security plan Cleveland has in place.

Cleveland has finalized agreements with other police agencies around the country that are sending officers, and announced that the department has commitments from departments to send more police officers then needed.

Williams declined to provide the number of officers who are coming.

The comments come after news stories of some departments around the country deciding not to send officers to Cleveland.

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