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Lachlan Markay of the Heritage Foundation has some more details about the planned “Occupy” attack on the Conservative Political Action Conference:

During a Thursday meeting at McPherson Square, until Saturday the epicenter of the protests, Occupiers brainstormed tactics for shutting down or disrupting the conference, according to a source who was present at the meeting.

The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity.

If I might offer some constructive criticism to the Occupy thugs, yelling “fire” during conferences won’t have the desired effect, because someone in the crowd will invariably add a shout of “Obama!” and everyone will start applauding.

Incidentally, I’m planning to disrupt CPAC myself.  I haven’t decided on how I’ll do it yet, but I’m pretty sure it will involve a unicycle.  Markay hears the Occupiers have something more sinister in mind:

“Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two Occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”

The source quoted another protester as saying, “Mitt [Romney] has Secret Service now, but [Newt] Gingrich and [Andrew] Breitbart don’t,” seemingly suggesting that the latter two would not be as heavily guarded.

Oh, now that would be a costly mistake.  Have you guys seen how Newt Gingrich points his finger when he’s angry?  Do you really want that finger buried in your skull?  You do not have enough pot to insulate you from that kind of agony.  Especially since you’ll hit the floor with a lecture on the virtues of Lean Six Sigma ringing in your ears.

Alas, the Occupiers were prevented from finalizing their “action plan” when their rat-infested, urine-soaked camp in D.C.’s McPherson Square was broken up by riot police this weekend.  Fortunately, it looks like they can count on some organizational assistance from a group that has far more experience with orchestrated violence and vandalism:

An attendee of the Thursday meeting, who claimed to handle relations with labor organizations, said the AFL-CIO had booked rooms for Occupiers at the Marriott hotel, with the intention of allowing them to bypass security measures at the door. Contacted by Scribe, an AFL-CIO spokesman insisted the Occupiers’ claims were untrue. The AFL-CIO has aided Occupy DC before, most recently in storing Occupiers’ belongings at its headquarters in advance of the National Park Service’s enforcement actions.

If the AFL-CIO doesn’t deliver, the Occupiers plan to breach security by purchasing student passes, or pretending to be Ron Paul supporters.  That would be another terrible mistake.  I’ve seen first-hand what a swarm of enraged Ron Paul supporters can do.  The Occupiers will go down under an avalanche of photocopied hand-outs and “End the Fed!” buttons.

All kidding aside, I hope the event organizers, hotel security, and D.C. police are ready to deal with this.  The thug Left is serious about using violence to suppress not only dissent, but discussion. 

If you’re wondering whether the Occupiers and their allies, including the Democrat Party, are worried about the P.R. hit they’ll take from assaulting a conference held on private property, remember: the more excitable lads will be dismissed as “infiltrators” and “rogue elements” who aren’t really connected to the noble Occupy movement.  The media will not tie what happens at CPAC to any broader narrative about the violent tendencies and blind anger of this Obama-embraced movement.  You’re more likely to see another fingernail-chewing story about the implied potential dangers of Tea Party rage first.

By the way, has Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano completed her domestic terror threat assessment of the Occupy movement yet?  She published a very highly-publicized, and completely ridiculous, threat assessment of the nascent Tea Party and short-fuse conservative military veterans a couple of years ago. 

Would anyone in Congress care to ask her why she hasn’t done the same for the actually violent Occupy movement?  Some of you are attending CPAC.  You could announce your investigation of Napolitano’s conduct from the main stage, while you’re dodging glitter bombs.

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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