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]
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:
of the poor
"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."
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."]
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
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
"... 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 -
you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
you that are full! for ye shall hunger. WOE
unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep."
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."]
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.
every great fortune is a great crime."
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
[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
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."]
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
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
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
The faux "background" information included the following–a
"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
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
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
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