Occupy Wall Street

Government Surveillance of Occupy Movement

Government Surveillance of Occupy Movement

 FROM CMD by Beau Hodai – Dissent_or_Terror-cover200px

Special Report by Center for Media and Democracy and DBA Press

This just released report is a must read for all Americans to understand just how much our Nation’s governmental landscape has been changed since 9/11/2001.  Once again, government agencies created to “protect” Americans have been altered to instead place citizens at risk – physically by arrests and through a loss of guaranteed freedoms under the guise of protecting us.

Not surprisingly, we once again find the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their corporate “benefactors” and members involved in partnerships to advance these Anti-American activities.

Excerpts from the report below followed by a link to the actual report;

“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.”  The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how state/regional “fusion center” personnel monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012.

“The report also examines how fusion centers and other counter terrorism entities that have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have worked to benefit numerous corporations engaged in public-private intelligence sharing partnerships.  While the report examines many instances of fusion center monitoring of Occupy activists nationwide, the bulk of the report details how counter terrorism personnel engaged in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC, commonly known as the ‘Arizona fusion center’) monitored and otherwise surveilled citizens active in Occupy Phoenix, and how this surveillance benefited a number of corporations and banks there were subjects of Occupy Phoenix protest activity.

“While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth with which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising their Constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights.”

Key Findings

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.]

Read the complete PRWatch/DBA Press report -> HERE <-

UPDATE: Liberal group to protest Romney-Koch fundraiser – CBS News

…(CBS News) MoveOn.org, a liberal non-profit advocacy group, is protesting a July 8 fundraiser for Mitt Romney being held at the house of billionaire Republican donor David Koch, it announced on Friday….

Update: A representative for Koch Companies Public Sector responds in an email (links theirs):

We have seen media reports about the protest being organized by a convicted terrorist and a number of fringe organizations.

We respect the protestors’ rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble. These rights apply not only to the protestors, but to those who are hosting and attending the fundraiser.

It is ironic that the pretext for the protest is supposed “outrage” at the role of money in politics….The left’s outrage is selective and hollow.

The “terrorist” referred to by the Koch missive is Andy Stepanian is a social justice activist, artist, and political rabble-rouser. Andy is the co-founder of The Sparrow Project, a grassroots PR outfit that aims to braid popular culture, the arts, and revolutionary activism.  He writes for the Huffington Post

To read the entire CBS News Update, please click here

The Republicans’ $3 Million Weekend in the Hamptons

Mitt Romney & Eric Cantor hold two swanky fundraisers at David Koch’s Hamptons mansion today

Two articles are posted here–from the Daily Kos and from the NY Times.


Mr. Romney is expected to pull in $3 million from an event at the Creeks, the estate of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire financier and Revlon chairman, where tickets range from $5,000 for lunch to $25,000 for a V.I.P. photo reception. Another will be held at the home of Clifford M. Sobel, an ambassador to Brazil under President George W. Bush, and a final dinner will take place at the Southampton estate of the billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, where the going rate for entry is $75,000 a couple and $50,000 a person.

To read the entire NY Times article, please click here

Then from the Daily Kos we read:

Mitt Romney &Eric Cantor hold two swanky fundraisers at David Koch’s Hamptons mansion today

Today the rich and the super-rich, the people George W. Bush referred to as “His base” are gathering at David Koch’s waterfront mansion in East Hampton on Long Island’s Gold Coast for a pair of fundraisers with Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor.

This Daily Kos diary is LOADED with information.  Be sure to check out all of the links.  To read this article, please click here

To watch the videoWhy are the Koch Brothers Betting on Mitt Romney, please click here to be taken to the video on the VLTPVideoChannel

 

Occupy Winston-Salem protests U.S. Post Office closures

On April 16, local residents and members of Occupy Winston-Salem held a demonstration at the U.S. Post Office in the Waughtown area. Protesters demanded that the only post office in the community not be closed down.

Across the country, hundreds of U.S. post offices are on a closure list, based upon the amount of revenue they generate. For the Waughtown area, which is known to be one of the most diverse, predominantly working class communities in Winston-Salem, the closure of the one and only post office would be a major setback.

To read more about this event, please click here.