“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens, and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” –Harry S Truman
So here’s a surprise! Or not — just confirmation of things we knew. We’ve seen so much of this shit, at least those who’ve been around long enough. Deja vu ain’t what it used to be.
Talk is cheap and plentiful, of course. And we’ll no doubt hear yet another belly-full of patriotic rhetoric this Memorial Day weekend, touting our boundless love of freedom, democracy and fair play, with interminable, predictable praise for the courage and noble sacrifices made by our military in support of exceptional American ideals.
But the overwhelming, ruthless response to peaceful protest — this reveals the true nature of our power structure. Let enough of us question the status quo, and see what happens, see how quickly the claws come out. Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover would be so proud. And pleased.
“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” –Voltaire
Revealed: Government Used Fusion Centers to Spy on Occupy
Published on Friday, May 23, 2014 by Common Dreams
New report exposes US government’s treatment of social movements as ‘criminal or terrorist enterprises’
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
U.S. government Fusion Centers, which operate as ill-defined “counter-terrorism” intelligence gathering and sharing centers, conducted spy operations against Occupy protesters involving police, the Pentagon, the FBI, military employees, and business people.
So finds a report released Friday by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund based on 4,000 public documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The release was accompanied by an in-depth article by the New York Times.
“The U.S. Fusion Centers are using their vast counter-terrorism resources to target the domestic social justice movement as a criminal or terrorist enterprise,” PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard stated. “This is an abuse of power and corruption of democracy.”
“Although the Fusion Centers’ existence is justified by the DHS as a necessary component in stopping terrorism and violent crime, the documents show that the Fusion Centers in the Fall of 2011 and Winter of 2012 were devoted to unconstrained targeting of a grassroots movement for social change that was acknowledged to be peaceful in character,” the report states.
Police chiefs of major metropolitan areas used the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center to produce regular reports on the occupy movement.
Furthermore, “The Boston regional intelligence center monitored and cataloged Occupy-associated activities from student organizing to political lectures,” according to the report. That center also produced twice-daily updates on Occupy activities.
The New York Times notes:
The Boston Regional Intelligence Center, one of the most active centers, issued scores of bulletins listing hundreds of events including a protest of “irresponsible lending practices,” a food drive and multiple “yoga, faith & spirituality” classes.
Nationwide surveillance has included extensive monitoring of social media, in addition to a variety of spying methods used across Fusion Centers.
“The Fusion Centers are a threat to civil liberties, democratic dissent and the social and political fabric of this country,” said Carl Messineo, PCJF Legal Director. “The time has long passed for the centers to be defunded.”
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