FBI investigated ‘Occupy’ as possible ‘terrorism’ threat, internal documents show

Huffington Post reports: According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a “criminal activity” or even “domestic terrorism.”

The internal papers were obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice fund via a Freedom of Information Act Request. The fund, a legal nonprofit that focuses on civil rights, says it believes the 112 pages of documents, available for public viewing on its website, are only “the tip of the iceberg.”

“This production … is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” wrote Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the fund’s executive director, in a press release Saturday.

According to the documents, the FBI coordinated extensively with private companies, including banks, that feared they could be affected by Occupy protests. Occupy, which took root in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011 and spread to cities across the country, targeted corporations and other forces it believed to perpetuate social inequality. The FBI’s investigation included the movement’s manifestations in New York; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Anchorage, Alaska; Jacksonville, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; and Memphis, Tenn., among others. [Continue reading…]

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  1. Norman says:

    Just who are the real terrorists in this country? The F.B.I. plays its sting card to look good, investigates the 99%, but doesn’t do anything toward the wall street looting, the games being played out in the treasury department & the administration, etc., etc., but wastes the taxpayers $$$ going after the victims. How about investigating all the politicians that represent foreign governments but are not registered as foreign agents? What about all those tax dodgers that avoid paying their fair share? Corruption, isn’t that something they should be investigating instead of the victims of the white collar crime that has decimated the middle class?