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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:01 AM

Mother Jones analysis of Naomi Wolf's Occupy tinfoil hattery [View all]

Once an alarmist, always an alarmist - Her credibility has been shot ever since she hooked up with Alex Jones
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That has provided plenty of fodder for speculation. Take the Guardian's Naomi Wolf, who in November 2011 advanced the unfounded theory that federal officials had coordinated the raids on Occupy encampments across the country with local authorities, and with congressional blessing (a conclusion quickly debunked by Alternet's Joshua Holland). The new FBI documents, Wolf wrote last month, "show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world" and a "terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council."

In fact, the DSAC, "a strategic partnership between the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector," is mentioned in just one unredacted document, an unremarkable report compiled by the FBI and DHS about Occupy's West Coast port shutdown plans in December 2011. Most of the other documents are routine FBI memos focusing on the potential for criminal activity during protests, cyberattacks from Anonymous, reports of suspicious mail, and a threat to shoot a police officer allegedly made by Occupy protesters.

Last week, Salon's Natasha Lennard approvingly cited Wolf's column, adding that DSAC's involvement was not only Orwellian but "even verges on the Kafkaesque." But Lennard's assertion that the FBI documents highlighted the "coordination between federal agencies, local police departments, fusion centers and hired corporate security firms in surveying, policing and ultimately cracking down on Occupy encampments and days of action" is also speculative. While the documents show that the FBI communicated with these groups, none of the documents reveal efforts by federal law enforcement to disband the camps.

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But those communications are a far cry from Wolf's contention that the "documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall ...was coordinated with the big banks themselves" and "show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens." Big banks are mentioned by name in just two documents; one notes that Anonymous had harassed the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase with information publicly available on the internet, while another makes a passing reference to small protests at a Bank of America and Wells Fargo in Tampa.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/01/occupy-fbi-documents-naomi-wolf

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