Documents Reveal FBI Teamed With Corporations To Spy On Occupy Wall Street, Classified As A “Terrorist Threat”

Acting as “a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America,” the FBI surveillance of Occupy Wall Street from the beginning, and shared its findings with private corporate interests. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund writes:

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 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).”

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…”

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.

8 Comments on "Documents Reveal FBI Teamed With Corporations To Spy On Occupy Wall Street, Classified As A “Terrorist Threat”"

  1. DeepCough | Dec 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    Keep in mind that the whole point of the Law in any society is to protect the established power structure from any potential insurrections, revolutions, or movements no matter how non-violent, or for that matter, constitutionally sanctioned they may well be.

  2. VaudeVillain | Dec 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm |

    Gee, and here I thought it was just a massive fucking coincidence that the police violence and PR smear campaigns really ratcheted up a dozen notches when Occupy ran their successful campaign to move personal accounts from major transnational banks into local banks and BofA saw 30 something % of their total accounts and a few hundred million dollars in deposits vanish over 3 days. And now I hear that big Wall Street firms manipulated and coerced law enforcement into doing their bidding? This is a genuinely shocking revelation indeed.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Dec 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm |

    does anyone still not know that the FBI & it’s ilk
    will make-up at least 50% of any anti-something movement

    it would have been news if there was no FBI meddling with Occupy

  4. VaudeVillain | Dec 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm |

    Ok, so stepping back for a moment and looking at this from a pragmatic, “good government bullshit” point of view… this is neither surprising nor particularly upsetting.

    Law enforcement saw a burgeoning social movement, identified that it could, hypothetically, lead to the sort of criminal activity nobody wants to see (ie. riots and/or terrorism… WTO protests and the ALF have shown us what CAN happen when young left-leaning people get together, and it isn’t always pretty), and investigated. Their investigation showed that there was some potential risk to some businesses, and alerted their security to be mindful, but did not (immediately) arrest anyone or prevent anything from happening because no laws were being broken.

    Had the FBI and other law enforcement been caught completely off-guard, that would have been a pretty serious blow to the concept that they are competent to enforce any laws at all (and if you really don’t think you’re better off with competent law enforcement than without it… reevaluate your life), and had OWS gone a different direction, which it genuinely might have (see: Altamont), the fallout would have been huge.

    Basically what I’m saying is that we’re pissed because they did their jobs and it wasn’t necessary, but we would have lost our shit if they DIDN’T do their jobs and it was necessary. This hinges on the utterly unrealistic expectation that the FBI has an infallible crystal ball that tells them which movements will be dangerous and which ones won’t, completely invalidating the need for analysis, investigation or due diligence.

    • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
      or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
      speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
      assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Recognize it?

      When dozens or hundreds or thousands of Americans are exercising their right to assemble for the redress of grievances, the FBI’s job is to be present, and keep it safe – just like any event with a big crowd.

      The FBI’s job is NOT to infiltrate, investigate, or suppress in any way. But that is exactly what they do. *That* is “abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” and it’s unconstitutional.

      In case you haven’t looked into it, the violence at WTO protests is typically done by cops who are paid to turn the protests toward violence, and give the cops in riot gear all the excuse they need to kick ass. And magically, the corporate media cameras happen to be on hand to catch the action.

      Just like the protests in the 1960’s, it’s the agents provocateurs who are doing their best to turn a non-violent protest into a violent one.

      The Banksters’ greatest fear is a popular, non-violent movement that will wake people up and help them to see how they’ve been screwed.

  5. So, corporations working with government to manipulate outcomes? Not surprising at all……

  6. OMG i’m SICK and tired of all these liberal leftists forming groups and going after the gov for their protection of people’s property etc…MOVE TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY, Latin America and Asia or Africa and none of that will happen, biz will lose everything, and 100.000’s maybe will lose their those Occupy Rats were defecating and urinating in PUBLIC property, ruining people’s livelihoods, TRASHING the park etc what ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT! for once the gov agencies did their job..GOOD!

    • William Purcell | Feb 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

      riiiight- i was waiting to see when the shill would pop up. You wont win cowards. we’re not dumb enough- the flouride cocktails obviously
      arent strong enough, sorry.

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