Raids on OWS coordinated with Obama’s FBI, Homeland Security & others

Update: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials
Minneapolis Top News Examiner
November 15, 2011

Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict “Occupy” protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night’s move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.

The official, who spoke on background to me late Monday evening, said that while local police agencies had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies, the ultimate decision on how each jurisdiction handles the Occupy protests ultimately rests with local law enforcement.

According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be present.

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71 thoughts on “Raids on OWS coordinated with Obama’s FBI, Homeland Security & others”

  1. thank goodness that I and my girlfriend have citizenship from an EU country, at least we can leave when the US makes the final turn into a fascist military dictatorship…which apparently seems to becoming ever more a reality… never thought I would say this almost 30 yrs when I came to this once great country escaping another dictatorship…

  2. These charges need to be investigated and addressed at the highest level in the government – and not through the Rethug-led Congress, but with an independent commission.

  3. Hey Dominik, was your comment about the EU intentionally ironic or woefully ignorant? As bad as the US is, the EU is worse. Central planning and authoritarian control are teh calling cards of teh EU. The EU is a socialist-fascist state in all but name only. The civil liberties of people living in the individual nation-members are subject to its absolute control, and are systematically denied at every turn. Check out Daniel Hannan, MEP of the EU and his comments on how bad things are there now.

  4. Extremist-Conservative Rep. Peter King is the bad guy in this, not the Prez. Using this article’s logic, Obama would have somehow been ‘behind’ Rep. King’s “Ground Zero Mosque” campaign. So, good on determining Obama-hating high-ranking House Republican is behind the DHS involvement; bad on trying to blow it up into a conspiracy involving the Executive Branch of government.

  5. So, besides the fact that some idiotic “data fill” crap seems to be piled into comments here, we seem to see some victim of political “psy-ops”, who cannot bring himself to believe that the Department of Homeland Security is part of the the Obama administration and is presently led by Janet Napolitano, and is therefore the responsibility and under the direction of the current adminstration. Pete King may be the Devil himself, but there is no effective way that he can be DIRECTING the DHS to engage in these meetings, especially if there was ANY desire on DHS’s part to NOT conduct the conference calls. I’d suggest that the DHS has a long history of involving itself in ANYTHING it deems to be a real or potential threat to national security. That seems to be part of their avowed mission. Whether I agree with their approach or not, it seems obvious to me, anyway, that DHS does this kind of stuff because they sincerely BELIEVE there is a threat to security. There really is not very much DOWNSIDE to their doing things like this. These ripples wind up passing through the 24/7 news machine and eventually hardly anyone even REMEMBERS what the heck happened. Unfortunately, OWS is not being examined as thoroughly as possible, with a real traditional “let’s find out ALL the FACTS” style journalism. I think the story would be very interesting, even if it was gathered and presented with complete impartiality. How is the entire OWS really working? I think a clever reporter would continue to ask that question over and over. Maybe go undercover, and find out the good, bad, and amazing stuff about this bit of news.

  6. Headline is misleading Obama is not the focal point or orginator of homeland security.Wake up.-.the power and the machine were in place years ago.-

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