Like many, I sat at home early Tuesday morning watching the eviction of #OccupyWallStreet. As it was for many around the country, it was a very sad and emotional experience. The extent of disgust that I felt cannot be explained as I watched First Amendment rights go down the drain and then saw the Fourth Amendment do the same as they threw everyone’s belongings in a dump truck. I didn’t know the extent of what had happened from the livestream, but the next day I was even more horrified. Luckily for us all, the courts ended this eviction quite quickly, showing there is still hope for the First Amendment. The eviction set off a stream of questions across the country and one of the answers came yesterday in the form of a press conference when it was confirmed that the evictions were a coordinated effort by multiple cities working together. Here is a more in-depth write-up of the coordination from the Associated Press. This may include all evictions thus far, it may not, but what we do know is that cities are working together to try to bring the occupations to their knees. They obviously don’t know the people involved if they think that will work.
What is new, however, and perhaps more predictable, yet more concerning than cities working together is when we find out the Federal government is also working with them. Enter in today, new details are found that Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have also been coordinating with Mayors across the country. In fact, Mayor Sam Adams of Portland issued a Tweet on Sunday when Occupy Portland was being evicted saying that he has been talking with the Federal Protective Service which is a division of DHS. I personally have been harassed and put on the no fly list by DHS for my political activism (article on that here). But to coordinate and request the evictions of peaceful protesters is just wrong. Not only that, the details used make it seem as though Homeland Security wanted a riot. Here is an excerpt from an article in In These Times where they discuss a conversation with a Department of Justice official about the raid on Occupy Wall Street.
The official, who spoke on background to me late Monday evening, said that while local police agencies had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies, the ultimate decision on how each jurisdiction handles the Occupy protests ultimately rests with local law enforcement.
According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be present.
Demonstrate a massive show of police force?? Include large numbers in riot gear and wait until the press leaves?? They were inciting a riot. Each and every individual that had anything to do with suggesting these measures should be charged with conspiracy to incite a riot at best treason at worst. The Department of Homeland Security is supposed to be preventing us from domestic terrorists and yet they are committing acts of domestic terrorism by trying to get police to appear threatening and hostile hoping someone will react how people usually react in these situations and riot. Instead the protesters kept it peaceful. Keep in mind this is an election year and Homeland Security is Obama’s organization. He should be asked to give a medal of freedom to every individual arrested for keeping things peaceful in a situation where most would not. You can call his comment line at 202-456-1111. This is a disgrace and an embarrassment to our founding fathers and all who have fought for our freedom to peaceably assemble. We must not let this go, please share for all to see. SOLIDARITY!
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