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Government Surveillance of Occupy Movement

Society & Culture  (tags: OCCUPY MOVEMENT, DHS, OWS, government, activists, americans, surveillance, FBI, fusion centers, Arizona, banks, ALEC, NDAA )

- 1963 days ago -
On May 20, 2013, DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy released the results of a year-long investigation: Dissent or Terror: How the Nation's 'Counter Terrorism' Apparatus, in Partnership with Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street:


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Angelika R (143)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 9:40 am
Key findings of this report include:

How law enforcement agencies active in the Arizona fusion
 center dispatched an undercover officer to infiltrate activist groups
 organizing both protests of the American Legislative Exchange Council 
(ALEC) and the launch of Occupy Phoenix and how the work of this 
undercover officer benefited ALEC and the private corporations that
 were the subjects of these demonstrations.

How fusion centers, funded in large part by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, expended countless hours and tax dollars in the monitoring of 
Occupy Wall Street and other activist groups.

How the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has financed
 social media "data mining" programs at local law enforcement agencies engaged in fusion centers.

How counter terrorism government employees applied facial
 recognition technology, drawing from a state database of driver's
 license photos, to photographs found on Facebook in the effort to 
profile citizens believed to be associated with activist groups.

How corporations have become part of the homeland security “information sharing environment” with law enforcement/intelligence agencies through various public-private intelligence sharing partnerships. The report examines multiple instances in which the counter terrorism/homeland security apparatus was used to gather intelligence relating to activists for the benefit of corporate interests that were the subject of protests. 

How private groups and individuals, such as Charles Koch, 
Chase Koch (Charles' son and a Koch Industries executive), Koch 
Industries, and the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council 
have hired off-duty police officers -- sometimes still armed and in
 police uniforms -- to perform the private security functions of keeping
 undesirables (reporters and activists) at bay.

How counter terrorism personnel monitored the protest
 activities of citizens opposed to the indefinite detention language
 contained in National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

How the FBI applied "Operation Tripwire," an initiative
 originally intended to apprehend domestic terrorists through the use
 of private sector informants, in their monitoring of Occupy Wall 
Street groups. [Note: this issue was reported on exclusively by DBA/CMD in December, 2012.]

Kit B (276)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 9:48 am

I like watching Anthony Bourdain and recently he has added another show, this one on CNN. These still offer a look at food around the world, but also a look at the people and governments that we don't often see.
His visit to Libya produced a show about the food and people that was unique and offered a look into how the people used Tweets to organize and support a strong revolution to take down Quddafi.

I'm suggesting that there is no justification for spying on people and most certainly no reason to in turn sell or share that information with corporate entities. Occupy was more of an intellectual exercise and posed no threat to the United States, and this intrusion on privacy is just too profound to be tolerated.

Nothing subversive occurred during Occupy and nothing of startling revelation came from those protests. We were all aware of the deep corruption and devastating results of that corruption. Governments that listen and track citizens can hardly call themselves the progenitors of freedom when they behave in this manner.

Jo S (619)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:00 am
The land of the free? I beg to differ, this makes my blood boil!
Thanks, Angie.
Noted & shared.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:29 am
I agree Kit that "Parts unknown" does offer a good look into a country butI stopped watching when one sequence showed an animal scene I did not like..

Joanne-you're in good company!

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:31 am
Before I forget, -let me give credit to our friend Roxy who alerted me to this report,- thanks Roxy girl !

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:53 am
Most knew about this govt. and security forces surveillance and taking often brutal action against the occupy movement, but I think it's little known how corporations and rotten individuals were involved as well, likely still are.
If that's not fascism, what is.!?!

roxy H (350)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 12:04 pm
This gets me to ughhh! Major points of this is: when people are accused and charged for things, even if found not guilty, once "charged" it remains on your permanent record. Then if you get "charged" again, you are considered a multiple offender, and if you go to apply for a school loan, or a higher ranking job or even to go on a field trip with your child, you have to run a background check and get DENIED because of past "charges". Its really criminal and corrupt. Glad to see more exposure getting out there. Every day more people are becoming aware slowly lol verrrrry slow, and yes Angel darling, care2 deleted the other links blah

JL A (281)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 9:18 pm
Thanks for posting--last time didn't get to the front page, hope it does this time!

Syd H (48)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:12 am
The country is rapidly becoming the United Corporations of America...

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 8:57 am
LOL Syd - " becoming"???? ;-)

And as indicated by JL a -she has already posted this a week ago, I totally missed it and nobody else commented on her post either. It is important so please note BOTH posts perhaps making front page news for all to see. Thx.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 8:59 am
sorry forgot, here's JL's post >

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:56 pm
Thank you! This is sickening news, but I'm not surprised. I agree with everyone.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday May 31, 2013, 6:06 am
Thanks for posting this, Angelica. I wanted to post it myself, but when I saw that JL had, I didn't.
I was SO-O-O-O disappointed, though, that her post had failed to get enough attention to get to FP where it would've gotten even more.

This deserves to be mucho/beaucoup publicized!

Mike M (40)
Friday May 31, 2013, 8:52 am
This should have not been a surprise if you look at what has been happening between the government, corporations and the hose senate and judiciary systems. Many bill have been signed into effect basically making people with any opinion other than what the government says is OK to be subversives

Sheryl G (360)
Friday May 31, 2013, 8:57 am
The report reveals for the first time:
How law enforcement agencies active in the Arizona fusion center dispatched an undercover officer to infiltrate activist groups organizing both protests of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the launch of Occupy Phoenix and how the work of this undercover officer benefited ALEC and the private corporations that were the subjects of these demonstrations

When you think you are being ruled from DC remember, it's ALEC. Those are the people who rule us all.

George Carlin may of been a comic, but he was dead serious when he said: "Forget the politicians, they’re irrelevant."

Carlin also said: "Politicians are put there to give you that idea that you have freedom of choice.

You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you.

They own everything.

They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations, and they’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State Houses, and the City Halls.

They’ve got the judges in their back pockets.

And they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear."

This surveillance was done during the Viet Nam era Peace Movement Protests, only now it is worse, it is worse now as they have more technology to track one down and they have Sealed our fate with things like the NDAA.

They keep more and more of us struggling for mere survival of food and shelter so we won't have so much free time to educate ourselves and organize others.

But there always comes a time in history that the final straw is thrown out and a people will rise up in great numbers to throw off the current system of things. Will I see it, I don't know, but I know at some point it will and does happen, we have history to show that.

The Elites in France thought they were untouchable until heads rolled, the Russian hierarchy also felt the same until the Great Revolution of 1917, England thought the colonies in North America would never rise up against, at that time, the mightiest military and navy in the world. But the masses do, at some point they all do.

I'm not certain how long it takes or how worse it will get before people start feeling they have nothing left to loose.

When the people stop looking at each other and finally see the one's who are behind the curtain pulling all the strings and are the ones that are actually making life miserable for the majority of us.

When the masses see that it isn't the immigrants causing their plight, or the Muslims, or the Elders on a few dollars of Social Security that they had already PAID into, or people of a different color skin than their own, or the gay people wanting to love each other, or the Unions.

When they understand that BOTH Parties work for the same Plutocrats so the people begin to work together rather than this ping pong match of back and forth that is only sinking us deeper into the quick sand. Then when we can organize a true Peoples Movement with the environment as a focal point will we begin to start Living and Thriving once more instead of just Surviving.

"Our Republic is Lost" said by, Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lissig: is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a professor of law at Harvard Law School.

"Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred.

I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred.

It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first." said by, Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg: Former military strategist helped strengthen public opposition to the Vietnam War by leaking secret documents known as the Pentagon Papers. The documents contained evidence that the U.S. government had misled the public regarding U.S. involvement in the war.

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday May 31, 2013, 12:33 pm
Thanks Angie, many good comments were made above & stars sent to them.

Roger Rankin (0)
Friday May 31, 2013, 1:23 pm
All "Empires" destroy themselves with their intense paranoia and feeble attempts to outwit the intellectuals who are leaps and bounds above the freaks that seek employment ahead of ethics and true justice for all.
Just sit around and wait.....every week they change course, change leaders to avoid a connection, what a's all a game that the real history books will show mankind AGAIN that the real people are always in charge since they only maintain one set of books.....AKA Guatamala and their trial of those involved in Crimes Against will come to pass in this country also...only a matter of time folks.

Christeen A (342)
Friday May 31, 2013, 3:50 pm
The eyes are watching us. Beware.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday May 31, 2013, 4:24 pm
Yeah, Joe McCarthy lives.

Colleen L (3)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:18 pm
Good comments above. I too am not surprised. It makes me sick knowing that we have no privacy in life anymore. Thanks Angelika

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 4:46 pm
Adding my thanks for posting, Angelika....sorry I'm out of stars for you today.
I'd read the info on the Phoenix Occupy a few days ago somewhere....nice to see the facts in print, although it was pretty much "common knowledge" at the time--just unproven. We had several protests down here in Tucson, too. I don't know if we were "infiltrated" though, since we're a smaller group. Our group still thrives with many protests, and even an Occupy newspaper now. Occupy even has room at the downtown "Y" since it was banished from the streets.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 7:51 pm
well duh. Any protest will make you a suspect. Who would dare question authority??? It makes them..."uncomfortable". If one lemming slams on the brakes and heads away from the cliff...well gee...where's it gonna end? There was a little Occupy tent in Sebastopol's park for about a year. I don't know the reason, but downtown has quite a few banks...kinda makes ya wonder.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday June 3, 2013, 5:17 am
dissent no longer allowed. freedom of speech no longer acceptable. welcome to fascism.
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