Dec 27, 2012
Documents just obtained from the FBI by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund reveal, asthe New York Times put it, that “the [FBI] used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning” and in general show “how deeply involved federal law-enforcement authorities were in monitoring the activities of the movement.” The heavily redacted documents, which can be read here, reveal numerous instances of the FBI collaborating with local police forces and private corporations to monitor and anticipate the acts of the protest movement.
As obviously disturbing as it is, none of this should be surprising. Virtually every seized power justified over the last decade in the name of “terrorism” has been applied to a wide range of domestic dissent. The most significant civil liberties trend of the last decade, in my view, is the importation of War on Terror tactics onto US soil, applied to US citizens – from the sprawling Surveillance State and powers of indefinite detention to the para-militarization of domestic police forces and the rapidly emerging fleet of drones now being deployed in countless ways. As I’ve argued previously, the true purpose of this endless expansion of state power in the name of “terrorism” is control over anticipated domestic protest and unrest.
It should be anything but surprising that the FBI – drowning in counter-terrorism money, power and other resources – will apply the term “terrorism” to any group it dislikes and wants to control and suppress (thus ushering in all of the powers institutionalized against “terrorists”). Those who supported (or acquiesced to) this expansion of unaccountable government power because they assumed it would only be used against Those Muslims not only embraced a morally warped premise (I care about injustices only if they directly affect me), but also a factually false one, sinceabuses of power always – always – expand beyond their original application.
Mr. Greenwald is correct.
The Federal government is throwing walls of money at internal “terrorism-related” funding, even though the threat of terrorism is absurdly over-hyped (although government support for Al Qaeda and Iranian terrorists – and see this isn’t helping. )
On the other hand, the government is using laws to crush dissent, and it’s gotten so bad that even U.S. Supreme Court justices are saying that we are descending into tyranny.
For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:
Criticizing the government’s targeting of innocent civilians with drones (although killing innocent civilians with drones is one of the main things which increases terrorism. And see this)
Stocking up on more than 7 days of food (even though all Mormons are taught to stockpile food, and most Hawaiians store up on extra food)
(Not having a Facebook account may soon be added)
And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:
Liking the Founding Fathers
Being a Christian
As people learned in Nazi Germany, staying silent when “other” types of people are deprived of their rights only ensures that others will not lift a finger for us when repressive authorities take away ourrights.
All Stories Are Checked For News Accuracy
- Obama’s gift to al-Qaida, support for tyranny, and FBI monitoring of dissent | Glenn Greenwald (guardian.co.uk)
- It’s Official: The FBI Classifies Peaceful American Protestors as “Terrorists” (libertyblitzkrieg.com)
- Documents show FBI considered Occupy movement potential threat (wtvr.com)
- Records Confirm FBI Targeted Occupy Protests, Categorized As Terrorist Activity (news.firedoglake.com)
- OWS Activists Called Domestic Terrorists (indybay.org)
- Documents Reveal FBI Teamed With Corporations To Spy On Occupy Wall Street, Classified As A “Terrorist Threat” (disinfo.com)
- Report: FBI Counter-Terror Agents Investigated Occupy Wall Street (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- FBI Secret Documents Reveal Nationwide Occupy Monitoring (readersupportednews.org)
- Just Because You Are Paranoid Doesn’t Mean the FBI Wasn’t Monitoring You: Occupy Wall Street Edition (observer.com)
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