FBI Ignores Terror Attack Threat on Upcoming Florida Music Festival Featuring Brad Paisley Reba McEntire Earth Wind Fire and More
When a mother found possible evidence on Twitter of a terror attack at the upcoming Strawberry Music Festival in Florida, she contacted the FBI to alert federal agents.
But the FBI — who has been excoriated for ignoring multiple public tips on the deadly Florida school shooter — dismissed her, saying they didn’t need her help or information. In fact, the FBI agent in the Tampa field office would not take any evidence from the woman or even her contact information.
That was four months ago. Now the popular music festival — which will attract several hundred thousand people to Plant City, FL over its eleven-day run — is just days away, launching March 1.
“I spoke with an (FBI) agent that told me he would not look at the Tweet because no crime had been committed; he did not even want my contact info,” said Anne Wolcott, a concerned mother who contacted law enfocement about a potential threat. “It was a very odd conversation. I followed up with an online report to the FBI. The festival starts next week, should I contact a different agency? Who? How do I get this looked into?”
Wolcott’s daughter plans to attend the festival for the Reba McIntyre concert. The Strawberry Festival isn’t some little county fair either. The festival is an eleven-day event, which includes a parade that draws over 30,000 spectators alone who pack the parade route. Also, country and rock artists scheduled to perform this year includes: Brad Paisley, Earth Wind & Fire, Trace Adkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Big & Rich, and the Oak Ridge Boys among many entertainers.
Last year 540,628 people attended the festival.
In early Dec. 2017, Wolcott Googled tickets for the festival concerts and tripped across a cryptic Twitter post written in Arabic from a newly created Twitter account:
Specifically, the Twitter account status mentioned the Strawberry Festival Parade which is scheduled for March 5, just a few days away, and in the middle of the eleven-day event.
But why would someone in Arabic announce they would be at the Strawberry Festival Parade in Plant City FL on December 2, 2017 when the even wasn’t until March? That’s four months away. And why is this the sole post the Twitter account published? Wouldn’t a regular festival attendee simply announce they were going to the festival and not declare “I’m at the Strawberry festival” four months before the event, like they were assigned to “cover” the festival for “work”?
In Arabic nonetheless?
Even the incompetent FBI could flag this Twitter account as suspicious. If the Bureau actually cared, that is.
“That guy (Twitter account) appears very sketchy, so are his followers, my radar went off as soon as I saw his Tweet,” Wolcott remembered.
Wolcott contacted the Tampa Police Department. They forwarded her to the FBI.
Wolcott contacted the Plant City Police Department. They forwarded her to the FBI.
Wolcott contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. They forwarded her to the FBI.
Wolcott contacted Corporal Larry McKinnon of the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office in Florida via Twitter. She received no response.
Notification sent to Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office via Twitter.