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.”
In 2008, the depth of our National Banking Scandal broke itself into thousands of bits. The explosion was and continues to be felt world-wide. In prior financial scandals [ie the Savings and Loans, Enron, etc.], there had been investigations into who ultimately was at fault. Real people at the heart of the fraud were tried, convicted and did prison time. There was even lip service towards restitution for those defrauded. Not so this time. Mr. GW Bush had set up the programs to bail out the banks, and major industries dependent on them. Newly elected Mr. Obama went along with the program.
People lost their savings. People lost their retirement funds. People lost their jobs. People lost their homes and cars. People lost their school loans. People were angry. But Corporations and the Government went along like nothing bad was happening. The people were getting angrier.
And then an unknown group calling itself Anonymous called online for A Day of Rage, 17 Sept 2011. The Corporations, the Government and the Media were blindsided. Thousands of mainstream, Middle American People showed up. And they were all mad as hell and not going to take it any more. They also came to stay, setting up house at Zuccotti Park. Forming a democratic governance with the General Assembly, where New York’s politicians were considered of no status.
And no one individual spoke for them. There was no messiah leader to vilify, to discredit, to corrupt. The Establishment did not know how to deal with this. Non-violent protest without a corruptible spokesperson. So those with money and power and influence made a few phone calls. The FBI and DHS and NYPD declared war on these leaderless People. The FOI documents prove that beyond any shadow of a doubt.
What could these People want? hmmmm. How about Justice? Fairness? For people and the environment to be on the same footing as the Corporations’ bottom line? For real investigations. For real people to be charged for the very real crimes that had brought our People to our knees. For the criminals to be punished.
To my knowledge, the only criminals to be punished are Bernie and Peter Madoff — and they frauded the Banksters.
The protests spread all over the country and the world. With the notable exception of Iceland, the Banksters have been bailed out all over the world. EU countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland have been given such harsh payback terms that their people are suffering extreme hardship. This is fueling the ongoing demonstrations and riots.
OWS has gone on to morph into Occupy Sandy. They have become a major player in aiding the people who have lost everything. They are more efficient, more organized and kinder than the Red Cross, FEMA and local welfare agencies rolled into one.
They have another section that has morphed into Rolling Jubilee. They purchase debt for pennies on the dollar to forgive it.
And these are the people that the FBI and DHS targeted for assassination. Shame on you! The whole world is watching!