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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:50 AM

FBI Investigated Occupy Movement as 'Domestic Terrorists, Criminals'

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/23



The FBI organized a nationwide law enforcement investigation and monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement beginning in August of 2011.

Just released heavily-redacted documents revealing the FBI's actions were obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) via a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). In some documents, the FBI refers to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a "criminal activity" and "domestic terrorism."

“This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, a legal nonprofit that focuses on civil rights, said Saturday that the 112-pages of FBI documents are now available for public viewing here.

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549516-fbi-spy-files-on-the-occupy-movement.html#document/p1

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Reply FBI Investigated Occupy Movement as 'Domestic Terrorists, Criminals' (Original post)
xchrom Dec 2012 OP
orpupilofnature57 Dec 2012 #1
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #3
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #2
xchrom Dec 2012 #4
Catherina Dec 2012 #20
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #5
Festivito Dec 2012 #6
Squinch Dec 2012 #7
kenfrequed Dec 2012 #8
randome Dec 2012 #10
kenfrequed Dec 2012 #15
randome Dec 2012 #17
kenfrequed Jan 2013 #32
randome Jan 2013 #33
tk2kewl Dec 2012 #9
loyalkydem Dec 2012 #11
Recursion Dec 2012 #28
loyalkydem Dec 2012 #29
Zorra Dec 2012 #12
UnrepentantLiberal Dec 2012 #13
snot Dec 2012 #14
socialist_n_TN Dec 2012 #16
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #22
Poiuyt Dec 2012 #18
RandiFan1290 Dec 2012 #19
woo me with science Dec 2012 #21
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2012 #24
woo me with science Dec 2012 #25
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2012 #23
indepat Dec 2012 #26
AntiFascist Dec 2012 #27
warrprayer Dec 2012 #30
Remmah2 Dec 2012 #31
randome Jan 2013 #34
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #35

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:59 AM

1. I swear J. Edgar is still running the show .

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:00 AM

3. Zombie Hoover

That could explain a lot.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:59 AM

2. I remember some poor naifs saying this wasn't happening back when it was happening

Hey, I can be charitable sometimes.


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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:35 AM

4. +1

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:43 AM

20. Naifs and worse. +1 n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:37 AM

5. COINTELPRO never went away.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:40 AM

6. This does show the FBI as the more terrifying organization.

More than slightly ironic.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:15 AM

7. But the NRA is just fine with them.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:17 AM

8. Yeah

Well you definitely have to investigate peace activists and lefties... I mean why would you want to investigate groups that actually carry out attacks? Like anti-abortion groups and racists?

I guess those of us that worry about this sort of thing have to rely on Morris Dees and SPLC rather than have actual federal protection.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:28 AM

10. My guess is that they DO investigate those groups. Why would you assume they don't?

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Response to randome (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:28 AM

15. History...

The FBI has a long standing history of going after the left and an equally long history of dragging their heels and having to be ordered to investigate right wingers and racists.

I would ask that, in addition to your guess, whether you know how many agents have actually been assigned to fundamentalist Christian terrorists?

The very idea that they seem to routinely investigate peace activists and the occupy movement speaks volumes to me.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:37 AM

17. The information about monitoring OWS was available via an FOI request.

Why doesn't someone make a request on behalf of the Tea Party?

The FBI is certainly not perfect but they have arrested white supremacists time and time again as well as shut down other hate groups.

EVERY large group of protesters is likely monitored. And when a group that doesn't have leaders is in the forefront of those protests, it makes sense to find out what they might be up to. Just because someone in that group says they are peaceful doesn't mean law enforcement should take their word for it. I'm sure the TP faithful say the same thing.

I see nothing nefarious about law enforcement doing their jobs to monitor large groups of people. Especially when there is the possibility of confrontation.

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Response to randome (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:40 AM

32. TYT covered this better than I could

You do not investigate people just for exercising their constitutional rights.

The tea party wore tshirts explicitly stating things like "we came unarmed-this time" and brought assault weapons to their rallies. Oddly they were not heavily investigated.

If this was based on appearances and worries about security and violence and criminal behavoir then it shouldn't have required someone to report the teapsters.




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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #32)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:42 AM

33. Who says they weren't investigated?

File a FOI request.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:25 AM

9. 'casue they frightened the PTB

Last edited Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:15 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:32 AM

11. but the tea party got a pass.

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Response to loyalkydem (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:31 PM

28. No, they watched and infiltrated them, too

The leaked docs from that were all over the right wing blogosphere a few years ago.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #28)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:50 AM

29. I would love proof of this

because as much of an avid follower of the news I am, I don't recall hearing ANY stories of the tea party being infiltrated. I smell BS from you Recursion.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:32 AM

12. Why, bless their lil ol' hearts. Imagine that. Who knew!

Your corporate tithes taxpayer money at work!



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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:47 AM

13. You threaten Wall Street they pull out all the stops.

 

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

14. K&R'd!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:32 AM

16. Same as it ever was.........

This shit has been going on since, well since forever.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:31 PM

22. It has gotten much worse with NDAA, tho.

By labeling protestors as "terrorists" the current NDAA law could allow the "terrorists" to be arrested and detained forever.
See:
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_final_battle_20121223/

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:39 AM

18. But these guys are OK...





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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:39 AM

19. They must be done with those pesky Quakers. nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:44 AM

21. Our government has chosen sides,


They have not chosen ours.


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Response to woo me with science (Reply #21)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:38 PM

24. You say that as though the visible government has any say in the power structure.

 

Banks and wall street are the real power in this country. Banks call police and sheriffs to evict homeowners, not the city or government. And most definitely as your picture depicts, they will protect themselves. Gather at an intersection with banners and pamphlets and a bullhorn and zero cops. March on a bank and militarized, insectile police swarm swarm swarm.

"To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:41 PM

25. Yeah, you're right. nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:35 PM

23. K&R!

 

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:42 PM

26. The FBI's niche in finding more criminals among a crowd protesting Wall Street's

financial malfeasance than could be found among the culprits who orchestrated a near financial collapse necessitating the Federal Government to pour in trillions of dollars to stem the rampant tide is breathtaking. Unbfin' unbelievable.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:56 PM

27. This may as well be the "Red Scare" of the McCarthy period..

except it is probably more terrifying to the PTB because a lot of average people now distrust banks and Wall Street. There is still a sleeping giant on the verge of waking.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:14 PM

31. As far as I know the entire protest was 100% peaceful?? WTF?

 

I swear some of these LEO agencies are afraid of going after real criminals.

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Response to Remmah2 (Reply #31)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:44 AM

34. Most of the FBI documents state that it was a peaceful movement.

How would anyone know unless they looked into it? Take someone's word for it? Whose word? No one was in charge.

It's the FBI's job to find out if large groups of protesters are peaceful or not. Why denigrate them for doing their job and apparently agreeing that it was a peaceful movement?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:48 AM

35. I am shocked the nay Sayers

Are nowhere to be found...

I wonder why?

As I said last year, my file grew by leaps and bounds and I was just reporting on them.

We were not paranoid. Given US history this not happening would have broken a trend.

Those raids, think Turner Raids...

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