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New Documents: Occupy Portland, Ore, and Boston: Politics and spies

The latest trove of documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service adds new detail to the spying work of federal law enforcement agencies coordinating with local law enforcement and city governments to act against Occupy encampments.
"These documents make clear that the shutdown of Occupy was not based on the supposed 'health and safety' concerns that law enforcement used as a public rationale, but rather that the decisions were profoundly political including a prioritization of business interests' demands over First Amendment rights," stated attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the PCJF.
The documents show the intense political discussion and collaboration between the Justice Department, the DHS, local law enforcement and business interests who wanted Occupy Portland, Ore., to be shut down.
The documents also show the resources devoted by Boston "anti-terrorism" authorities focusing on Occupy Boston events during the fall of 2011.
These new documents have been posted for public review on the website of the PCJF. They show:

The DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS) "Threat Management Division" deployed significant resources to collect and disseminate "Daily Intelligence Briefings" with details on lawful First Amendment Activities, including a Rape Crisis Response Training with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and an event titled Occupemos el Barrio at a local Boston Baptist Church.
More evidence of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) spying on peaceful free speech activities of Occupy, including monitoring a planned protest by Occupy Harvard against Tea Party favorite Newt Gingrich.
In Portland, Ore., law enforcement and the Mayor's office met to discuss how to close down the Occupy encampment. DHS reported: "Business community and PD want this to end." The eviction came days after that meeting.
Communication dated November 14, 2011, between DHS FPS Regional Directors discussing that across the nation "law enforcement organizations have undertaken steps to discontinue Occupy encampments within their jurisdictions."
GSA officials appear to be in disagreement with the DHS, local Portland Police Department, the U.S. Marshals' office and the U.S. Attorneys' Office regarding efforts to shut down Occupy Portland and evict from Terry Schrunk Plaza (GSA property). The GSA officials appear initially to be requiring "soundly based" public safety or health concerns before agreeing to take action. According to documents, the Department of Justice appears frustrated with GSA officials' initial hesitancy to evict. One DHS document states that the U.S. Attorneys' Office "wanted to know who DOJ could call to change the current stance of allowing protesters to set up camp in Terry Shrunk."
The documents prove the political character of the "law enforcement" actions regarding Occupy. At one point a DHS official reporting about Occupy Portland states that there is communication from a "political appointee" and that the DHS official has "told our folks to hold off on any more evictions until the politicos have that chance to weigh-in on this issue."
Portland local officials made a decision in advance of effecting the evictions that it would fence off city parks and wanted the GSA to do the same to keep Occupy demonstrators from regrouping. When GSA declined to do so, the City erected a fence around the federal property without permission.
The documents show that after significant lobbying and pressure the GSA finally relented and issued a statement supporting the Mayor, the DHS's Federal Protective Service and the Portland Police, and asserted that conditions in Terry Schrunk Plaza now require eviction.
The documents show intense reporting within the DHS on Portland activities, with a senior official insisting on updates every 12 hours as "there are a lot of eyes on this." In the days leading up to the eviction, the "Boss," as the official is routinely referred to, requested frequent briefings, including at 6:00 a.m., according to one email. It is unclear whether this is because the "Boss" is based in Washington, D.C., which would be three hours ahead.
The documents include photos that DHS took, including one that appears to be of a general assembly meeting and its participants.
The DHS categorized a demonstration for inclusion in its Denver MegaCenter intelligence hub under the label "Crime/Incident: Demonstration-Violent/Unplanned" where the text of the reporting describes that "officers on scene advised the demonstration is peaceful."

You can read the new DHS - OWS documents here where we have uploaded them in searchable format for public viewing:

 http://www2.justiceonline.org/site/R?i=nHSoP_OV3YzOcRSIhdL56A

this comes from brenda norrel's blog, censored news;

 http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Does this surprise anyone 22.May.2013 15:35

kl;

The police are here to enforce the protection of property for those who have it, to protect the power for those who have it, to protect the sense of entitlement for those who feel they are better because they have money.

Any challenge to these is met with violence and all the force they can bring to bare. Which is where paid stooges like fidelity come in.

documentation? 22.May.2013 16:06

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"Which is where paid stooges like fidelity come in. "

it's easy to throw around accusations. i'd assume if you did have proof fidelity was "paid" to spy of whatever, you'd publish it.

i'm not a fan of fido. he's too friendly with right wing extremist for my taste. but assuming he's a paid stooge doesn't help either.

has anyone met him, then been set up by the cops? or found their info in the hands of fascist groups? that would be proof of something.

Fidelity 23.May.2013 08:32

kl;

Why do you persist?

" he's too friendly with right wing extremist for my taste. " 24.May.2013 16:23

lol

classic AntiFa Dramatica Blog troll disinformationalist.

Comes on here pretending to be "leftist", making all kinds of blanket statements about what "leftists" ought to know / be doing (e.g. he pinpoints precisely when specifically 'they' i.e. "antiwar leftists" ought have become aware of Larouchies in Portland, see -> the recent 'America: Freedom To Fascism' discussion thread), claiming to be 'AntiFa' etc.


Knows so-oo-OO-ooOOO MUCH about what a 'real' "antiwar leftist" is, and does 100% of time. Absolute defined expert.


even claiming to be [QUOTE]: "not a fan of fido" -- yet at same time: "don't assume he's a paid stooge".

[QUOTE]: " he's too friendly with right wing extremist for my taste. "

TRANSLATION ---> "Yeah there might be somethin' wrong with him, but he's ultimately not so bad after all."


perfect.

Tag team disinformationalist 'Friendly'-'Helpful' trolls, fellating / fist-bumping each other.

lol = fidelity 25.May.2013 22:26

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it's so obvious.

he's got two personas: reasonable fidelity and weird spam troll who thinks antifacists are stalking him.

and probably a couple of "antifas" are fido or his friends seeding the flame war.

notice how no one else gets involved?