The FBI and DHS coordinated the crackdown on Occupy wallstreet with the big banks

The crackdown, which included violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the heads of protesters.

The FBI  and DHS coordinated the crackdown on Occupy wallstreet with the big banks

The violent attack on Occupy was more sophisticated than we had anticipated, based on publicly available documents.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police were not the only organizations involved in the coordination that seemed so puzzling at the time. 

The crackdown, which included violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the heads of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tightly they suffered injuries, and people were forced to wet or soil themselves and were thus held in servitude, Was, as you may recall, planned in collaboration with the major banks.

A groundbreaking report from The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund should once again put major US media outlets in the dock.


The paper, which has been published in a searchable format, reveals a scary network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private sector activities that has sometimes been given the term Domestic Security Alliance Council.  It shows that this united body has a single objective that is locally carried out but is centrally planned. In essence, the documents demonstrate how the DHS and police collaborated with banks to identify, detain, and politically handicap law-abiding Americans.


The documents depict a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in the city: Six American universities were sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with Occupy Wall Street to the FBI, with the administration's knowledge (page 51); banks met with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters gathered by private security; plans to squash Occupy events were created by the FBI and offered to delegates of the same organizations that the protests would target, and even threats of sniper assassination of Occupy wallstreet leaders.


According to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, the documents show that, despite the fact that the FBI recognizes the Occupy movement as a peaceful organization, it has repeatedly identified Occupy Wallstreet as a "terrorist threat":


"FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country."


Verheyden-Hilliard calls the FBI and DHS's close collaboration with banks, the New York Stock Exchange, and at least one regional Federal Reserve "police statism":


"This production [of documents], 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 … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America."

 Among the documents is one showing an impressive amount of surveillance: in November 2011, a "Bank Fraud Working Group" met in Denver, Colorado, during the Occupy protests, to gather information about the protest group. Occupy Tampa and Tampa Veterans for Peace were closely watched by a private security team from the Federal Reserve of Richmond, Virginia, which passed information collected privately on activists to the Richmond FBI, which, in turn, classified OWS activities as "domestic terrorism".

 A terrorism task force in Anchorage, Alaska, was keeping an eye on Occupy Anchorage, while a joint terrorism task force in Jackson, Mississippi had an alert out for ill-organized grandmas and college sophomores in Occupy there. As part of the reaction to "National Bad Bank Sit-in Day," the FBI and the "Bank Security Group," which represents many private banks, held a meeting in Jackson, Mississippi.

 Several Occupy members were forwarded to the Virginia terrorism fusion center by the Virginia FBI. OWS was also tracked by the Memphis FBI's "joint terrorism task force."

The list goes on for more than 100 pages.

 According to Jason Leopold of, who has sought similar documents for more than a year, FBI officials falsely stated that no documents related to their intrusion into Occupy Wall Street exist. As an Occupy activist, you may find the release quite deterrent if you see how your information is being sent to terrorism task forces and fusion centers, not to mention the long-term plans of a redacted group that plans to shoot you.



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Originally published by TheGuardian

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