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Top DHS Officials Went Ballistic Over Rolling Stone Contributor Michael Hastings' OWS Report, Internal Emails Show
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:25
By Jason Leopold, Truthout
Senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials debated whether they should pressure award-winning reporter Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings to "pull down" a report he published on the magazine's web site about the agency's role in monitoring Occupy Wall Street (OWS), claiming it was riddled with "inaccuracies," according to hundreds of pages of internal DHS emails related to OWS Truthout obtained under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request we filed last October.
But it wasn't Hastings' February 28 report that was incorrect. Rather, it was an unauthorized five-page internal report prepared last October by DHS employees, who acted "outside the scope of their authority" and violated "privacy standards," according to the emails, about the potential threat posed by OWS that was flawed. The internal report strongly suggested DHS had been mining social media, such as OWS's Twitter feeds, for intelligence on the protest movement.
That document, which Hastings had accurately represented in his story, formed the basis for his Rolling Stone story. It was found in more than 5 million hacked emails from private intelligence firm Stratfor that Wikileaks released earlier this year. Hastings obtained the internal report from WikiLeaks, which entered into an investigative partnership with Rolling Stone.
It was Hastings' characterization of the internal report that struck a nerve with top officials at DHS, who spent two days discussing how they should publicly respond to it, according to the heavily redacted emails.
Robert Davis, a former USA Today reporter who left the news business in 2008 to work for DHS in its Office of External Affairs, proposed issuing a statement in response to Hastings' report.
"Rolling Stone has posted a blog with a link to a document with the DHS seal and NPPD/IP markings that was posted to HSIN without approval. Here is the draft statement I would like to send to PA asap," Davis said in a February 28 email he sent to senior DHS officials after Hastings' story went live.
The statement was redacted from the emails DHS turned over to Truthout. HSIN is an internal "web-based portal" controlled by DHS where information is shared between state, local and federal officials. DHS's website says NPPD's mission is "to advance the Department's risk-reduction mission," which "requires an integrated approach that encompasses both physical and virtual threats and their associated human elements."
DHS officials also said they were unaware how Stratfor obtained the internal report.
Much More: http://truth-out.org/news/item/10634-dhs-on-rolling-stone-reporter-michael-hastingss-ows-report-he-can-be-provocative-help-him-understand-our-mission
Michael Hastings/RollingStone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/exclusive-homeland-security-kept-tabs-on-occupy-wall-street-20120228
And (w/Video): http://current.com/shows/the-young-turks/videos/why-the-department-of-homeland-security-was-watching-tyt-and-reporter-michael-hastings
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