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Lessons For Black Protesters: 7 Things That Will Blow Your Mind About How the Occupy Wall Street Movement Was Crushed


FBI Treated Occupy Movement Like a Terrorist Threat

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), via the Freedom of Information Act, obtained FBI documents revealing that the FBI considered the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began Sept. 17, 2011, a terrorist threat — even as they pointed out that the organizers called for peaceful protests and did “not condone the use of violence.” According to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, “These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security treated protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity.”




Big Brother Watched and Watched

The perception of Occupy Wall Street as “terrorism” engineered extreme measures taken to undermine the group’s peaceful protests, including constant spying. FBI agents had OWS in their crosshairs as early as a month before the protesters took up camp at New York’s Zuccotti Park. “This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring and reporting on peaceful protesters organizing with the Occupy movement,” stated Verheyden-Hilliard. She expressed how the documents also reveal how the federal agencies function as a de facto intelligence arm for Wall Street and Corporate America.

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6 thoughts on “Lessons For Black Protesters: 7 Things That Will Blow Your Mind About How the Occupy Wall Street Movement Was Crushed

  1. The silence is deafening…

  2. Mike Peake says:

    "…there was no division between corporate spying and government spying. It was seamless, including the same people going back and forth. It was from that dump that we realized the extent to which the Occupy movement was being spied upon and infiltrated and monitored and followed. And we also found from those email exchanges that there was a concerted attempt on the part of security officials, both inside the government and within the private security contracting agency, to link, falsely, nonviolent dissident groups with terrorist groups so that they could apply terrorism laws against these groups."

    Stay sharp, Black Lives Matter. 100 FBI agents went to Ferguson before the grand jury was read.

  3. At OWS my sign read "10 Reasons Why Banks and Corporations LOVE High Unemployment" and then I listed them. The cops quit menacing and actually read the sign. At the OWS anniversary my sign read "Boycott Corporations since they Boycotted the American Worker,".
    The cops and a Chinese tourist looked at the sign for a very long time. At the most recent protest regarding the earth where a lot of Whites suddenly got the b*lls to sit in the middle of the slave built Broadway in front of the slave built Trinity Church at the top of the slave built Wall street and get themselves arrested, I did ask some cops if they realized that the nation was founded on a Revolution and spoke not only of Crispus Atticks but also of the ones who ran away from George Washington to fight for the British. I told them of George Washington who sold not only Africans but also English, Irish and Germans too right nearby. I left them to wonder out loud how long it would take for the Banks and Corporations to turn on the ones who so willingly do their bidding on the street where captives once tore the place up in 1741.
    Don't think some of the ones spying on this now don't know that the Banks and Corporations are only as good as the army that hasn't turned on them just yet.
    Those in power who live in a bubble have gone too far and there's no turning back.

  4. Mike Peake says:

    Details Of Assassination Plot On Occupy Movement Leaders Withheld From Public At FBI’s Behest.

  5. While this is all true, it has nothing to do with the real reasons behind the demise of occupy. A good analogy for this article might be a group of explorers who set out to climb a mountain and were unsuccessful, who then blamed big rocks for their failure, which is tantamount to saying that we couldn't climb a mountain because there was a mountain standing in our way. Likewise, this article might as well say, we couldn't change the system because there was a system standing in our way. Every single thing listed in the article is garden variety. The system pulls the same shenanigans with every left wing protest movement that gains any sort of traction. So no, the failure of OWS had nothing to do with the system (the system does what the system does). If you want to consider occupy a failure (a contention I disagree with), then you should do two things. First, explain why you think occupy was a failure (what did you expect a bunch of people camping in an urban park to accomplish beyond changing the national conversation, did you expect the world to suddenly become socialist), and then, place the blame where it belongs (which requires real analysis of what happened internally, not just an intellectually lazy and safe smearing of the system, which did precisely what it always does in these situations).

  6. I should also say, I don't mean to demean the authors of this article. I've seen the same reasons given for what happened with Occupy by countless articles. But if a journalist would actually like to do service to the black lives movement, then I think it would be more productive to look at the real reasons why occupy fell short of igniting a more sustained mass movement. The reaction of the system was predictable. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the history of movements should have known that they would face this sort of reaction by the system. They should have expected infiltration, they should have expected police violence, they should have expected the mainstream media to besmirch the movement at every opportunity, etc. And because I know many of the people who were involved, I know that they do know these things, it's just that no one expected occupy to become so high profile, and very few organizers expected the action to go on for months, so they were simply unprepared for what happened. So good advice might be, don't leave yourselves venerable to infiltration, but at the same time, don't allow fear of infiltration to create a paranoid internal environment. Create an organization structure and network that's immune to these sort of attacks.

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