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Reporter, When did you know these militants were coming to Chicago?
Director of Police intelligence, Captain Thomas J. Lyons almost as soon as Chicago was announced as the convention city planners began to make plans to come to Chicago to demonstrate against the convention and to disrupt the city.
Reporter, How did you obtain the information?
Director of Police intelligence, Captain Thomas J. Lyons Well, in the beginning the information was coming from newspaper articles, articles in the underground press, which is used by the hippie movement in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and other cities. There were public statements made by several leaders throughout the country of the left-wing organizations that they were going to confront the Democratic National convention, which they termed as the Death Party. The underground press repeatedly printed threats of disruption of the city itself. Things such as nude-ins, public fornication, mass sit-downs in the loop area, the taking over of buildings. There were reports in the underground press that LSD would be put in the water system. There was also information received from other intelligence units or agencies throughout the country that there were plans to put ground glass in the food of the delegates. We also received information of plot to fire-bomb the Grant Park garage the underground garage. We actually found one individual on this, although he did not make the attempt, he certainly did scout the underground garage. Pasty experience with the Yippie movement that New York has had has indicated that they will carry out many of their threats or at least attempt to carry them out. The taking-over of Grand Central station last year by the Yippie element, is evidence that they will try disruption and they have succeeded in the past in doing it.