FBI, Banks Treat Occupy Movement as Terrorist Threat

11 01 2013

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves. . . .

[snip] . . . Remember that only 10% of the money donated to WikiLeaks can be processed – because of financial sector and DHS-sponsored targeting of PayPal data. With this merger, that crushing of one’s personal or business financial freedom can happen to any of us. How messy, criminalizing and prosecuting dissent. How simple, by contrast, just to label an entity a “terrorist organization” and choke off, disrupt or indict its sources of financing.

Why the huge push for counterterrorism “fusion centers”, the DHS militarizing of police departments, and so on? It was never really about “the terrorists”. It was not even about civil unrest. It was always about this moment, when vast crimes might be uncovered by citizens – it was always, that is to say, meant to be about you.

–  Naomi Wolf for The Guardian   


Questioning Media’s Expectations: Occupy

1 10 2012

Questioning Media’s Expectations: Occupy.

This is my little rant on media’s questions on Occupy on its first anniversary: Has Occupy achieved any meaningful change so far? Why has it failed? Is it dead?

See, for those who have been engaged in Occupy in all its many forms, this process has been an ongoing one where we are not only learning to work together (imagine politicians having to learn this, how long would it take them???), but we also learning to inform ourselves and others. . . .

All About the Occupy Wall Street Bat Signal!

20 09 2012

It’s called the Illuminator

You can buy prints of the signals on skyscrapers!

Lots of pictures!

Wall Street Occupied – Financial District in Chaos Says Daily News

17 09 2012

Financial District in chaos on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ anniversary; NYPD arrests more than 125 people on disorderly conduct charges

NYPD makes arrests in Manhattan’s Financial District as OWS celebrates ‘S17’ by trying to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street workers forced to show ID as chanting protesters swarm the area.


New York: Occupy Wall St. – LIVE webcast

17 09 2012

See it LIVE


Live news via Twitter and more at http://occupywallst.org/

And a live cam we like is here – http://tinyurl.com/8lfzb4o

Wall Street ReOccupy to Start Monday

16 09 2012

Info and news from the OWS Press.

Saturday: NYPD Arrest 25 in Re-Occupy Protests



Twitter complies with prosecutors to surrender Occupy activist’s tweets

14 09 2012

From The Guardian [UK] –

Twitter has relented in its fight with New York prosecutors to hand over three months worth of messages from an Occupy Wall Street protester ahead of the activist’s criminal trial.

Twitter had argued that the posts belong to Malcolm Harris and as such it would be violating fourth amendment privacy rights if it were to disclose the communications.

But having lost a legal appeal against a subpoena, Twitter faced the prospect of steep fines if it did not comply with the judges order to turn over the tweets to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. . . . (more)