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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Now it's starting to make sense

Update: 'Occupy' crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials




When the Oakland PD attacked the occupiers, I didn't get it. Why such an insane overreaction? Why would the police department of Oakland, a city synonymous with violent crime, the world headquarters of the Hell's Angels, need to bring in backup from the Alameda County Sheriff's Dept, the California Highway Patrol, and officers from the police departments of neighboring cities to deal with a group of non-violent protestors who, at worst, were trespassing, or creating a "public nuisance?" Why tear gas and rubber bullets? It's Oakland. They get a lot scarier when the Raiders lose the Super Bowl:

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So why go full-force stormtrooper on a bunch of people sleeping in a park?

Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict "Occupy" protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night's move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.

Now it makes sense. Homeland Security. Remember how this new Homeland Security apparatus was put in place just to protect us from the terrorists? Nothing to worry about, just keepin' the Homeland safe from scary Muslims! It certainly would never be turned on our own citizens, and definitely was not the beginning of a police state or anything!

According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be present.
 
Or, in the case of the Freedom Plaza evacuation, just keep the press away all together.

(During  coverage of the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early this morning, a NPR reporter, a New York Times reporter, and a city councilmember were arrested. Airspace in Lower Manhattan was closed to CBS and NBC news choppers by the NYPD, a New York Post reporter was allegedly put in a “choke hold” by the police, a NBC reporter’s press pass was confiscated and a large group of reporters and protesters were hit with pepper spray.)
 
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1 comment:

kirby said...

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you that Homeland Security is in on squashing the right of Americans to peaceably assemble.