Tracking Facebook accounts affiliated with the protests and disseminating the intelligence to law enforcement fusion centers nationwide, the operation drilled down on physical locations where demonstrations were planned: a high school in Sebring, Florida; a church in Carbondale, Illinois; the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City; a Denny’s in Carlsbad, California; and “the old Kmart parking lot” in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. All were logged by street address and the time of the planned demonstrations.
A “Threat Analyst” in Reston, Virginia, sent the finished intelligence to a “LookingGlass Shared Services” address on June 28, two days before the protests were set to begin.
"LookingGlass has compiled a spreadsheet for State Fusion Centers detailing over 600 planned 'Family Separation Day Protests' across the U.S. on June 30," an email to DHS reads. "These originated from Cyber Threat Center (CTC) and are broken out by City and State; they provide physical location and the Facebook event ID."
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