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DHS Emails Question Federal Law Enforcement's Role in Violence at Occupy Wall Street and Oakland Rallies

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More than a year after tens of thousands of people aligned themselves with Occupy Wall Street to protest economic and social inequality and corporate influence on government, the public still does not have a complete picture of what role, if any, the federal government played in dismantling the nationwide encampments.

DHS Emails Question Federal Law Enforcement's Role in Violence at Occupy Wall Street and Oakland Rallies

By Jason Leopold, Truthout
Thursday, 28 March 2013

More than a year after tens of thousands of people aligned themselves with Occupy Wall Street to protest economic and social inequality and corporate influence on government, the public still does not have a complete picture of what role, if any, the federal government played in dismantling the nationwide encampments.

Unfortunately, about 250 pages of redacted documents released last week by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), in response to Truthout's 17-month-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, does not contain any smoking guns that would put to rest that lingering question.

The newly released documents serve as a reminder that the federal government became concerned - even fearful at times - as the Occupy protests grew in numbers. One document describes the 15,000 protesters in New York City and more than 700 protesters arrested for blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The documents are largely made up of emails sent by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service (FPS) agents from regional offices throughout the country about Occupy's plans and pending protests. Included in the batch of records are also threat assessments about certain Occupy groups. The threat assessments were based on news reports, the mining of social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, and chat rooms FPS agents monitored in which Occupy organizers discussed their goals.

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