Greensboro News and Record reporter Mark Brinker received a call from his wife the other day, it was one of those calls that would make you go Huh???
"So the wife calls me this afternoon and says, “Hey, an FBI agent stopped by to see you today. I told her you weren’t home.” Well, I wasn’t. So what did the agent want, I asked.
“Something about the Democratic convention in Charlotte,” the wife said. She added that it sounded like they wanted to know if you know anyone who was going to cause trouble or disruption there.
Cedar Posts ran through 3 dozen on Brinker's latest blog posts - news stories and couldn't find anything that would suggest the Brinker was tight with nationally known anarchists or internationally known terrorist sleeper cells.
My first thought, “This can’t be for real.” Someone, I thought, was either running a scam or playing a very elaborate joke on me.
But after a couple of calls to the FBI Charlotte field office I was convinced that special agent Gayla Warrener was for real.
So I got her on the phone and she may be the nicest law enforcement type I’ve ever talked to. She explained that she was doing outreach, particularly in advance of the big national convention coming here.
She said I should feel free to let her know about anything that concerned me.
I asked what sort of thing would concern me that I would call her about.
“That would be your determination, not mine,” she said.
We ended the conversation a short time later. I thought after we hung up, “Hey, does having an FBI agent show up on my doorstep count as one of those things I should be concerned about?”
Cedar's Take: We certainly live in strange times. I haven't had a knock at my front door yet but just for the record, I don't know anyone with occupy Charlotte and I don't know any Muslim fanatics though I do follow tweets from al Jazeera and a couple of blogs from Egypt and Syria. I swear if its going to cause the FBI to show up at my front door I'll unfollow and unfriend them today.
Read Mark Brinker's entire blog post here.