[News] FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring - link to docs
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Wed Dec 26 14:37:04 EST 2012
FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
(PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF's Freedom of Information Act demands reveal
that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a
potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency
acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful
protest and did "not condone the use of violence" at occupy protests.
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.
"This production, 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," stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). "These documents show that
the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests
against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential
criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these
federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall
Street and Corporate America."
"The documents are heavily redacted, and it is clear from the production
that the FBI is withholding far more material. We are filing an appeal
challenging this response and demanding full disclosure to the public of
the records of this operation," stated Heather Benno, staff attorney
with the PCJF.
* As early as August 19, 2011, the FBI in New York was meeting with
the New York Stock Exchange to discuss the Occupy Wall Street
protests that wouldn't start for another month. By September,
prior to the start of the OWS, the FBI was notifying businesses
that they might be the focus of an OWS protest.
* The FBI's Indianapolis division released a "Potential Criminal
Activity Alert" on September 15, 2011, even though they
acknowledged that no specific protest date had been scheduled in
Indiana. The documents show that the Indianapolis division of the
FBI was coordinating with "All Indiana State and Local Law
Enforcement Agencies," as well as the "Indiana Intelligence Fusion
Center," the FBI "Directorate of Intelligence" and other national
FBI coordinating mechanisms.
* Documents show the spying abuses of the FBI's "Campus Liaison
Program" in which the FBI in Albany and the Syracuse Joint
Terrorism Task Force disseminated information to "sixteen (16)
different campus police officials," and then "six (6) additional
campus police officials." Campus officials were in contact with
the FBI for information on OWS. A representative of the State
University of New York at Oswego contacted the FBI for information
on the OWS protests and reported to the FBI on the SUNY-Oswego
Occupy encampment made up of students and professors.
* Documents released show coordination between the FBI, Department
of Homeland Security and corporate America. They include a report
by the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), described by the
federal government as "a strategic partnership between the FBI,
the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector,"
discussing the OWS protests at the West Coast ports to "raise
awareness concerning this type of criminal activity." The DSAC
report shows the nature of secret collaboration between American
intelligence agencies and their corporate clients - the document
contains a "handling notice" that the information is "meant for
use primarily within the corporate security community. Such
messages shall not be released in either written or oral form to
the media, the general public or other personnel..." (The DSAC
document was also obtained by the Northern California ACLU which
has sought local FBI surveillance files.)
* Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) reported to the DSAC
on the relationship between OWS and organized labor for the port
actions. The NCIS describes itself as "an elite worldwide federal
law enforcement organization" whose "mission is to investigate and
defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to
the United States Navy and Marine Corps ashore, afloat and in
cyberspace." The NCIS also assists with the transport of
* DSAC issued several tips to its corporate clients on "civil
unrest" which it defines as ranging from "small, organized rallies
to large-scale demonstrations and rioting." It advised to dress
conservatively, avoid political discussions and "avoid all large
gatherings related to civil issues. Even seemingly peaceful
rallies can spur violent activity or be met with resistance by
security forces. Bystanders may be arrested or harmed by security
forces using water cannons, tear gas or other measures to control
* The FBI in Anchorage reported from a Joint Terrorism Task Force
meeting of November 3, 2011, about Occupy activities in Anchorage.
* A port Facility Security Officer in Anchorage coordinated with the
FBI to attend the meeting of protestors and gain intelligence on
the planning of the port actions. He was advised to request the
presence of an Anchorage Police Department official to also attend
the event. The FBI Special Agent told the undercover private
operative that he would notify the Joint Terrorism Task Force and
that he would provide a point of contact at the Anchorage Police
* The Jacksonville, Florida FBI prepared a Domestic Terrorism
briefing on the "spread of the Occupy Wall Street Movement" in
October 2011. The intelligence meeting discussed Occupy venues
identifying "Daytona, Gainesville and Ocala Resident Agency
territories as portions ...where some of the highest unemployment
rates in Florida continue to exist."
* The Tampa, Florida FBI "Domestic Terrorism" liaison participated
with the Tampa Police Department's monthly intelligence meeting in
which Occupy Lakeland, Occupy Polk County and Occupy St.
Petersburg were discussed. They reported on an individual "leading
the Occupy Tampa" and plans for travel to Gainesville for a
protest planning meeting, as well as on Veterans for Peace plans
to protest at MacDill Air Force Base.
* The Federal Reserve in Richmond appears to have had personnel
surveilling OWS planning. They were in contact with the FBI in
Richmond to "pass on information regarding the movement known as
occupy Wall Street." There were repeated communications "to pass
on updates of the events and decisions made during the small
rallies and the following information received from the Capital
Police Intelligence Unit through JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force)."
* The Virginia FBI was collecting intelligence on the OWS movement
for dissemination to the Virginia Fusion Center and other
* The Milwaukee division of the FBI was coordinating with the
Ashwaubenon Public Safety division in Green Bay Wisconsin
* The Memphis FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force met to discuss
"domestic terrorism" threats, including, "Aryan Nations, Occupy
Wall Street, and Anonymous."
* The Birmingham, AL division of the FBI sent communications to
HAZMAT teams regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.
* The Jackson, Mississippi division of the FBI attended a meeting of
the Bank Security Group in Biloxi, MS with multiple private banks
and the Biloxi Police Department, in which they discussed an
announced protest for "National Bad Bank Sit-In-Day" on December
* The Denver, CO FBI and its Bank Fraud Working Group met and were
briefed on Occupy Wall Street in November 2011. Members of the
Working Group include private financial institutions and local
area law enforcement.
* Jackson, MS Joint Terrorism Task Force issued a "Counterterrorism
Preparedness" alert. This heavily redacted document includes the
description, "To document...the Occupy Wall Street Movement."
You can read the FBI - OWS documents here where we have uploaded them in
searchable format for public viewing.
The PCJF filed Freedom of Information Act demands with multiple federal
law enforcement agencies in the fall of 2011 as the Occupy crackdown
began. The FBI initially attempted to limit its search to only one
limited record keeping index. Recognizing this as a common tactic used
by the FBI to conduct an inadequate search, the PCJF pressed forward
demanding searches be performed of the FBI headquarters as well as FBI
field offices nationwide.
The PCJF will continue to push for public disclosure of the government's
spy files and will release documents as they are obtained.
See the NY Times article on this:
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