New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent.

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

Continue reading:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/29/fbi-coordinated-crackdown-occupy

Related story:  Jacob Appelbaum on Resisting the Surveillance State

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  This deeply troubling story adds more credence to the assertion that the United States of America is not a republic governed by the rule of law, nor a nation that practices and promotes democracy, but a secretly corporatist (fascist) state committed to preserving establishment rule against the will and interests of the people.  The insidious and cowardly forces of plutocracy have soiled the first three words of the U.S. Constitution – “We The People.”

2 thoughts on “Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

  1. I saw this earlier, and it is indeed troubling. What would transpire if a truly effective movement ever arose? Personally, I was never a big fan of OWS, not out of any disagreement over its loosely defined platform (an Achilles’ heel for OWS, IMHO), but from a lack of confidence that street theater will get us from here to there. Leaders of a stronger movement should expect a swift and severe response, although this may play into the hands of the movement, as an overly wrought reaction would be met with growing support and sympathy for the movement.

    But this also begs the question, why didn’t the Tea Party movement undergo the same treatment? One has to ask openly about this exemption and consider just how “grassroots” the movement has proven to be, what with the Koch Brothers billions bolstering the TP’s fortunes.


    • The Tea Party wasn’t subjected to this kind of persecution because:

      1) They didn’t directly attack the powerful oligarchs on Wall Street.

      2) They didn’t directly attack America’s corporatist establishment structure.

      3) The mainstream media, controlled by just a handful of huge corporations entrenched within the establishment, are able to steer the course of our national public debate (e.g., poverty and climate change not being discussed during the election, 2010 TP demonstrations getting wide coverage while 2011 OWS protests received far less, etc.).

      FYI: I attended two local OWS events in 2011, but became disillusioned with the movement when they stubbornly refused to participate in conventional democracy (voting, etc.).


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