Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:49 PM
Ian62 (604 posts)
FBI Investigated 'Occupy' As Possible 'Domestic Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show
According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a "criminal activity" or even "domestic terrorism."
The internal papers were obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice fund via a Freedom of Information Act Request. The fund, a legal nonprofit that focuses on civil rights, says it believes the 112 pages of documents, available for public viewing on its website, are only "the tip of the iceberg."
"This production ... is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement," wrote Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the fund's executive director, in a press release Saturday.
According to the documents, the FBI coordinated extensively with private companies, including banks, that feared they could be affected by Occupy protests. Occupy, which took root in New York City's Zuccotti Park in September 2011 and spread to cities across the country, targeted corporations and other forces it believed to perpetuate social inequality. The FBI's investigation included the movement's manifestations in New York; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Anchorage, Alaska; Jacksonville, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; and Memphis, Tenn., among others.
The above article fits neatly with this one
NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Passes Senate After Rand Paul Calls It An 'Abomination'
The Senate passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that was stripped of a prohibition of the indefinite military detention of US citizens on American soil by an 81-14 vote on Friday, but only after a furious dissent on the chamber's floor by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who called it an "abomination."
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 will now head to the White House, which had earlier pledged to veto the NDAA because it prevents the president from closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It is unclear whether the president will follow through on the threat.
The NDAA is a reauthorization of the large budget bill that sets the budget for a wide range of military activities, but it has proven most controversial for a provision that critics say would allow the military to abuse its detention powers to lock Americans away on the mere suspicion of support for terrorist groups.
In November, a bipartisan group of Senators affixed an amendment to the NDAA that would have explicitly prohibited the military from detaining American citizens on US soil. But earlier this week, a House-Senate conference committee led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stripped away that measure.
N.B. The Feinstein amendment did NOT protect the right to a fair trial for American citizens.
There's A Giant Loophole In The Feinstein Amendment To The NDAA
The lawyers are still mad that the amendment was removed by Committee
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FBI Investigated 'Occupy' As Possible 'Domestic Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show (Original post)
Response to Ian62 (Original post)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:30 PM
indepat (20,899 posts)
2. This nation's liberty/freedom hangs by a precarious thread if the FBI does not recognize who the
real/actual domestic enemies/terrorists are. Psst, FBI: you can know them by looking at their works and this ain't rocket science.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:30 PM
Initech (57,750 posts)
3. Fuck the FBI. The real domestic terrorists are the banks and the CEOs.
They've done far more damage to this country than Al Qaeda could ever dream of. Hell one of bin Laden's goals was to bankrupt America, well they beat him to it.