Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Homeland Security memo warned of violent threat posed by Occupy Wall Street

Key phrase to take from the first line of the memo: "A loose coalition of peaceful protests taking place across the United States" etc. etc.. It's incredible to see what the Dept. of Homeland Security says themselves about the movement yet still law enforcement acts totally inappropriately and violent against PEACEFUL PROTEST. Hence the action I attended for some time earlier today at Union Square. "Stop the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!"

from BoingBoing

An October, 2011 Department of Homeland Security memo on Occupy Wall Street warned of the potential for violence posed by the "leaderless resistance movement."

Update: Looks like there's a larger Rolling Stone feature on this document:
As Occupy Wall Street spread across the nation last fall, sparking protests in more than 70 cities, the Department of Homeland Security began keeping tabs on the movement. An internal DHS report entitled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street [PDF]," dated October of last year, opens with the observation that "mass gatherings associated with public protest movements can have disruptive effects on transportation, commercial, and government services, especially when staged in major metropolitan areas." While acknowledging the overwhelmingly peaceful nature of OWS, the report notes darkly that "large scale demonstrations also carry the potential for violence, presenting a significant challenge for law enforcement."
Thanks Xeni!

Noam Chomsky on Suppression of the Occupy Movement

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