US Intelligence Machine Instead Plotted with Bankers to Attack Protest Movement

FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers – Published on Dissident Voice, by Dave Lindorff, December 28, 2012.

New documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security by the Partnership for Civil Justice and released this past week show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation actions began in late September 2011. 

As early as August, while acknowledging that the incipient Occupy Movement was “peaceful” in nature, federal, state and local officials from the FBI, the DHS and the many Fusion Centers and Joint Terrorism Task Force centers around the country were meeting with local financial institutions and their private security organizations to plot out a strategy for countering the Occupy Movement’s campaign.

Interestingly, one document obtained by PCJ from the Houston FBI office refers to what appears to have been a plan by some group, the name of which is blacked out in the released document, to determine who the leaders were of the Occupy Movement in Houston, and then to assassinate them with “suppressed” sniper rifles, meaning sniper rifles equipped with silencers … //

… Could the FBI have been so close to the plotters, whoever they are, that it felt confident it could simply instruct them to call off their plan — or put it on hold? We can’t know from the heavily redacted documents that have thus far been pried loose from the bureau. But it would not be that surprising if it turns out there is some link between the would-be assassins and the government. It would just be Nixon’s COINTELPRO all over again, where local police were killing activists as part of a nationally organized campaign.

Verheyden-Hilliard says that the latest documents do show that “Well before Zuccotti Park was occupied and before the first protest began on Wall Street, you had the FBI meeting with leaders of the New York Stock Exchange and with the security organizations of the Wall Street banks to develop a coordinated strategy for dealing with the Occupy protests.”

She says, “The other thing that is apparent from these latest documents is the scope of the FBI’s effort against the Occupy Movement. It’s not an anomaly at one or two FBI district offices. It’s how they’re doing business. And all through this period, they are commenting in their communications that the movement’s actions are peaceful. Yet the subject lines in the memos classify them as relating to counter-terrorism or anti-crime actions.”

She adds, “If you look at how the US government viewed the demonstrations of the Arab Spring, and particularly the demonstrations against Mubarak in Tahrir Square in Cairo, they were concerned about the government using police against the demonstrators, who were said to be exercising their democratic right to protest. Only in America is such protest considered to be terrorist activity.”

The contradiction between the US intelligence and law-enforcement response to the Occupy Movement and those same agencies‘ assessment of the actual threat posed by Occupy activists is evident in a publication by the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. That document, published in October 2011, as the Occupy Movement was just taking off, refers to Occupy Wall Street as “a loose coalition of ongoing peaceful protests taking place in cities across the U.S.” … //

… In reality, the only violence at the hundreds of Occupy movement actions during late 2011 and early 2012 across the US, from New York to Boston to Los Angeles to Seattle, was perpetrated by heavily armed police. Occupy activists were the victims, not the perpetrators of this violence and criminal behavior.

Now it turns out that when some as yet unidentified group or organization — possibly even one affiliated with banking interests for all we know — actually plotted to assassinate Occupy activists and leaders, those same intelligence and national, state and local police agencies, instead of protecting the public, turned their backs and did nothing about it.

Perhaps the very “loose coalition” nature of the Occupy Movement, which has consciously avoided having or following leaders, in the end saved it from attack, as the plotters with their sniper rifles never were able to ascertain who their targets should be.
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Links:

The American Book of the Dead: Sum of Us, on Dissident Voice, by Beau Cephalus, Dec. 28, 2012.

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