Did the White House Direct the
Police Crackdown on Occupy?

by DAVE LINDORFF

"Remember when people were freaking out over the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and all this other conveniently ready-to-go post-9/11 police state stuff, because it would obviously be just a matter of time before the whole apparatus was turned against non-Muslim Americans when they started getting "complainy" about the social injustice and economic injustice and income inequality and endless recession and permanent unemployment? That day is now, and has been for some time. But it's also now confirmed that it's now, as some Justice Department official screwed up and admitted that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated the riot-cop raids on a dozen major #Occupy Wall Street demonstration camps nationwide." [By: Spencer Mandel]


PREFACE

table of the poor

In Luke 4:18 the primary recipients of the "Kingdom of Heaven" are announced to be the POOR of this earth - the "sons and daughters," so to speak, of the cast-offs of society. These are the people about whom Jesus said:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL [OF THE KINGDOM] TO THE POOR ..." (Luke 4:18) [Please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]

This is substantiated in Luke 6:20 where Jesus said,

"Blessed be ye poor: FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." (Luke 6:20)

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition."

- 1 Timothy 6:9

This same verse is rendered "Blessed are the poor in spirit: FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN" in Matthew 5:3 - "poor in spirit" being but the natural outcome of the condition of poverty, WHICH IN THIS LIFE IS ALMOST ALWAYS THE RESULT OF THE OPPRESSION OF THE RICH OVER THE POOR. [Please see our article, "The Background for the End of the Age: Rich verses Poor."]

But while Jesus said "Blessed be ye poor: FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN" (Luke 6:20), and that when He comes again, He will "... fill the hungry with good things" (Luke 1:53a), the Bible also says that -

"... THE RICH HE WILL SEND EMPTY AWAY." (Luke 1:53b)

There is to be no room in the coming Kingdom for the rich of the world - and so much so is this the case, that the rich are warned -

"WOE unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

"WOE unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. WOE unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep." (Luke 6:24-25)

Indeed, so putrid and contemptible is the condition of the rich vis a vis the poor in the eyes of God, that the Apostle James went to great lengths to warn the early church against the rich in their midst:

"For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

"And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:

"Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

"Hearken, my beloved brethren, HATH NOT GOD CHOSEN THE POOR OF THIS WORLD rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

"But ye have despised the poor. DO NOT RICH MEN OPPRESS YOU ...?

"Do not they [i.e., the RICH] BLASPHEME THAT WORTHY NAME BY WHICH YE ARE CALLED?" (James 2:2-7) [Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]

"Behind every great fortune is a great crime."

- Balzac

That's heavy! - and so much so that the words of this great apostle are enough to take one's breath away. All this, however, is "forgotten history" in today's American church and with the purveyors of the so-called "Green Gospel" - Bennie Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, the late D. James Kennedy, etc. - the list is endless. Instead of taking heed to the words of the Apostle James concerning the poor, today's American church has allied itself with the rich, people who have nothing but contempt – indeed, HATRED - for the poor whom they see as street urchins lusting after their ill-gotten wealth.

It is precisely this dread of the poor by the rich - whom the elites refer to as "THE MOB" - that has in the past resulted in the suppression of civil liberties and the jailing of dissidents. AND IT IS EXACTLY THIS FEAR THAT HAS PROVOKED AMERICA'S ELITES TO SUPPRESS THE SO-CALLED "OCCUPY MOVEMENT" USING THE SAME VIOLENT TACTICS THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN USING AGAINST ALLEGED "MUSLIM TERRORISTS." [Please see Our article, "To the Barricades: - The Super-Rich:  Sleeping with Guns under Their Pillows."]

Fear of the mob! Fear of the poor!

The question for Christians is this: Will they believe the LIES spread about the poor? Will they take the side of the rich over the poor? Will they look at those in the Occupy Movement with the same kind of disgust that the elites harbor for them? This is what's apparently happening in church after church in America today. [Please see our article, "Christians: Once Again on the Wrong Side of History."]

OR will they go to where the poor are – to those in the Occupy Movement, those at the unemployment offices, etc. with the message of the "Gospel of the Kingdom?" [Please see our article, "The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."]

-- Antipas

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A new trove of heavily redacted documents provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on behalf of filmmaker Michael Moore and the National Lawyers Guild makes it increasingly evident that there was and is a nationally coordinated campaign to disrupt and crush the Occupy Movement. [Please see our article, "The Elites Attempt to Shut Down Occupy Wall Street and Other Similar Movements Across the Country."]

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

The new documents, which PCJF National Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard insists "are likely only a subset of responsive materials," in the possession of federal law enforcement agencies, only "scratch the surface of a mass intelligence network including Fusion Centers, saturated with 'anti-terrorism' funding, that mobilizes thousands of local and federal officers and agents to investigate and monitor the social justice movement."

Nonetheless, blacked-out and limited though they are, she says they offer clues to the extent of the government's concern about and focus on the wave of occupations that spread across the country beginning with last September's Occupy Wall Street action in New York City.

The latest documents, reveal "intense involvement" by the DHS's so-called National Operations Center (NOC).  In its own literature, the DHS describes the NOC as "the primary national-level hub for domestic situational awareness, common operational picture, information fusion, information sharing, communications, and coordination pertaining to the prevention of terrorist attacks and domestic incident management." [Please see our article, "Making a Crime out of Being Poor and Homeless."]

The DHS says that the NOC is "the primary conduit for the White House Situation Room" and that it also "facilitates information sharing and operational coordination with other federal, state, local, tribal, non-governmental operation centers and the private sector." A better description for a fascist police state network could not be written. [Please see Our article, "Transitioning into a Fascist State."]

Remember the Occupy Movement? Since last November, when the NYPD closed the Zuccotti Park encampment in downtown Manhattan -the Movement's birthplace and symbolic nexus-Occupy's relevance has seriously dwindled, at least as measured by coverage in the mainstream media. We're told that this erosion is due to Occupy's own short-comings-an inevitable outcome of its disjointed message and decentralized leadership. While that may be the media's take, the U.S. Government seems to have a different view. If recent documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) are any indication, the Occupy Movement continues to be monitored and curtailed in a nationwide, federally-orchestrated campaign, spearheaded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Remember, this vast yet centralized operation — what Verheyden-Hilliard describes as "a vast, tentacled, national intelligence and domestic spying network that the U.S. government operates against its own people" — was in this case deployed not against some

terrorist organization or even mob or drug cartel, but rather against a loose-knit band of protesters, all conscientiously and publicly committed to nonviolence, who were exercising their Constitutionally-protected right to gather in public places and to speak out against the crimes and abuses of the corporate elite and the politicians who are bought and paid by that elite. [For information on how the elites pounce on their victims, please see our article, Sei Vorsichtig (Be Careful)."]

Among the documents obtained by the PCJF in this second batch of responses to its FOIA filing is one from the NOC Fusion Center Desk dated Nov. 5, 2011, which collects at the federal level and then distributes the names and contact information of a group of Occupy protesters who were arrested during a demonstration in Dallas, TX against Bank of America, one of the nation's biggest predatory lenders. [Please see our article, "Understanding What You Will Be Facing during the Tribulation."]

Although none of the seven arrested were charged with any serious crime (six were charged with "using the sidewalk!"), their names and contact information were widely disseminated by the DHS.

Fusion Centers, a post-9-11 creation, are a federally-funded joint project of the DHS and the US Justice Department which are designed to share intelligence information among such federal agencies as the DHS, the FBI, the CIA and the US Military, as well as state and local police agencies. By their nature they are designed to circumvent legal constraints on various agencies, for example the ban on CIA domestic spying, or the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars active military activity within the borders of the US.

There are currently 72 Fusion Centers around the US. [Please see our article, "The Watchers Are Watching You."]

Another group of documents shows that on November 9, two days after a demonstration by 1000 Occupy activists in Chicago protesting social service cuts in that city, the NOC Fusion Desk relayed a request from Chicago Police asking other local police agencies what kind of tactics they were using against Occupy activists. They specifically requested that information be sought from police departments in New York, Oakland, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. Denver, Boston, Portland OR, and Seattle — all the scene of major Occupation actions and of violent police repression. [Please see our article "Frightening Precedents for the Coming 'Crackdown' on Those Who Dare to Challenge the Greed and Avarice of the Elites."]

Realizing that it would look bad if it assisted in such coordination overtly, higher officials in the DHS ordered the recall of the request but then simply rerouted it through "law enforcement channels," where presumably it would be harder for anyone to spot a federal role in the coordination of local police responses. In response to that order, the documents show that the duty director of the NOC wrote that he would "reach out" to "LEO LNOs (liaison officer) on the floor" to assist. Verheyden-Hilliard explains that LEO is FBI's nationally integrated law enforcement, intelligence and military network.

Realizing that it would look bad if it assisted in such coordination overtly, higher officials in the DHS ordered the recall of the request but then simply rerouted it through "law enforcement channels," where presumably it would be harder for anyone to spot a federal role in the coordination of local police responses.

On December 12, when Occupy planned anti-war protests at various US ports, Verheyden-Hilliard says the new documents show that the NOC "went into high gear" seeking information from local field offices of the Department of Homeland Security about what actions police in Houston, Portland, Oakland, Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles planned to deal with Occupy movement actions.

Another document shows that earlier, in advance of a planned Occupy action at the Oakland, CA port facility on Nov. 2, DHS "went so far as to keep the Pentagon's Northcom (Northern Command) in the intelligence loop."

Given the subterfuge revealed in these documents that went into trying to create the illusion that the DHS was and is not coordinating a national campaign of spying, disruption and repression against Occupy activists, it is almost comical to find documents that show the DHS was in "direct communication with the White House" to obtain advance approval of public statements by DHS officials denying any DHS involvement in anti-Occupy actions.

These documents show that both DHS and one of that department's police arms, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) were in direct contact with Portland, Oregon's police chief and mayor, discussing how to deal with protesters who were in part on federal property. The coordination between the feds and the local police and political authorities were intense. Yet the approved statement sent to DHS from the White House read:

"Any decisions on how to handle specifics (sic) situations are dealt with by local authorities in that location. If a protest area is located on Federal property and has been deemed unsanitary or unsafe by the General Services Administration (GSA) or city officials, and they make a decision to evacuate participants — the Federal Protective Service (FPS) will work with those officials to develop a plan to ensure the security and safety of everyone involved.

There was, comically, also a White House-approved DHS "background" statement, too! (Typically background statements by federal officials are supposed to be used when they want to tell a journalist the true situation but don't want to have that statement attributed to them or their department. Having it pre-approved by the White House defeats that purpose and is simply a manipulation of the media.)

The faux "background" information included the following–a flat-out lie:

"DHS is not actively coordinating with local law enforcement agencies and/or city governments concerning the evictions of Occupy encampments writ large.

PERF: cracking down on the Occupy social movement.

From the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

A little-known but influential private membership based organization has placed itself at the center of advising and coordinating the crackdown on the encampments. The Police Executive Research Forum, an international non-governmental organization with ties to law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been coordinating conference calls with major metropolitan mayors and police chiefs to advise them on policing matters and discuss response to the Occupy movement. The group has distributed a recently published guide on policing political events. Speaking to Democracy Now! On November 17, PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler acknowledged PERF's coordination of a series of conference-call strategy sessions with big-city police chiefs. These calls were distinct from the widely reported national conference calls of major metropolitan mayors. The coordination of political crackdowns on the Occupy movement has been conducted behind closed doors, with city officials and PERF refusing to say how many cities participated in the conference calls and the exact nature of the discussions. Reports of at least a dozen cities and some indication of as many as 40 accepting PERF advice and/or strategic documents include San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Portland, Oakland, Atlanta, and Washington DC.

Tellingly, the documents also include a Dec. 5 copy of the "Weekly Informant, " an intelligence report published by the DHS's Office for State and Local Law Enforcement. The issue includes an update from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) concerning the activities of the Occupy Movement. PERF, Verheyden-Hilliard notes, is the group that the federal government claims organized a series of multi-city law enforcement calls to coordinate the police response to Occupy, which led immediately to the wave of violent crackdowns. It was at those meetings that police were advised among other things to act at night, to use aggressive tactics and weapons like tasers and pepper spray, and to take steps to remove journalists and cameras from the scene of crackdowns. [Please see our article, "What Happened at UC Davis Was No Aberration."]

The overall sense from these latest documents is that Washington and the DHS, along with the FBI, was the nexus of the crackdown, orchestrating it, encouraging it, and attempting to cover its tracks. [Please see our article, "Who Will Protect Us from the Police."]

The documents among other things expose the massive hypocrisy of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, which this election year have tried to co-opt and claim as their own the anti-fat-cat theme of the "We are the 99%"-chanting Occupiers, while actually acting in the interest of Bank of America and its fellow financial sector mega-firms in trying to crush the movement itself.

To see all the new FOIA documents, go to the PJIF website.

  • Dave Lindorff is a founder of This Can't Be Happening and a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, published by AK Press. Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He lives in Philadelphia.

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