F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show

F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show

The records provide one of the first glimpses into how deeply involved federal law-enforcement authorities were in monitoring the activities of the movement, which is sometimes described in extreme terms.

For example, according to a memo written by the F.B.I.’s New York field office in August 2011, bureau personnel met with officials from the New York Stock Exchange to discuss “the planned Anarchist protest titled ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ scheduled for September 17, 2011.”

“The protest appears on Anarchist Web sites and social network pages on the Internet,” the memo said.”

Seriously?  They heard something on the Internet, so it must be true?  They didn’t confine their surveillance to those directly involved in such speech, which I fail to see at any stretch as representing the incitement of imminent danger to anyone.  Note: I am not advocating for violence against police or anyone.  It’s just that imminent threat is a key litmus test for free speech.  If someone isn’t standing on a soap-box yelling, “shoot cops,” I believe it would be nearly impossible to make the case for imminent threat.

Sorry, but I can’t help but to think that, once again, our government is playing us for fools.  And we keep putting people into office that won’t hold folks like the people at the FBI who justify and give the orders accountable.

Maybe we are fools.


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