30 Mar

In the news: Gov’t spying on Occupy Wall Street grabs headlines worldwide

FBI on the spot to defend its “domestic terrorism” surveillance of demonstrators

Documents obtained by the PCJF showed that the FBI and other law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies extensively monitored and communicated about the Occupy movement. The first batch of documents is just the tip of the iceberg and we are fighting for more. These explosive documents showed that federal law enforcement carried out its operations against the Occupy movement using its “anti-terrorism” authority despite the FBI’s admission that it was “peaceful.”

The New York Times, CNN, The Huffington Post, Democracy Now! and scores of other media outlets around the world carried the story and the questions raised about the activities of the FBI. Articles about this FBI exposure by the PCJF have been written in Spanish, German, Arabic, French, Italian, Swedish and Greek, among other international media coverage. The FBI was forced to issue a public statement attempting to justify its clearly political intervention against a protest movement seeking social change.

Below is a sample of the extensive news coverage of this discovery, including interviews and analysis with the PCJF staff that fought for the documents’ release.


The irony of joint FBI/private sector OWS policing

A fused state-corporate security apparatus monitored
There is some dark irony that an FBI program specifically dedicated to the partnership between the FBI, DHS and the private sector monitored the protests, providing information and tips to corporate partners on interacting with and combating Occupy groups. more >>
Source: Guardian

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

Totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent
The crackdown was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police – it was coordinated with the big banks themselves. more >>
Source: CNN

FBI considered Occupy movement potential threat, documents say

The FBI extensively monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement around the United States, using counterterrorism agents and other resources, according to recently released FBI internal documents. more >>
Source: Huffington Post

Secret Docs Reveal “Counterterrorism” Monitoring of OWS From Its Earliest Days

Once-secret documents reveal the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days and treated the nonviolent movement as a potential terrorist threat. Internal government records show Occupy was treated as a potential threat when organizing first began in August of 2011. Counterterrorism agents were used to track Occupy activities, despite the internal acknowledgment that the movement opposed violent tactics. more >>
Source: New York Times

F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show

The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records more >>
Source: Huffington Post

FBI Investigated ‘Occupy’ As Possible ‘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. more >>
Source: AlterNet

Has the FBI Launched a War of Entrapment Against the Occupy Movement?

Is the government unleashing the same methods of entrapment against OWS that it has used against left movements and Muslim-Americans? more >>
Source: Huffington Post

Occupy Wall Street Monitored By U.S. Conference Of Mayors, Emails Show

After denying that they are coordinating responses to Occupy Wall Street, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently surveyed city administrations across the country about the movement. more >>

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