If you thought that the age of covert operations against legal domestic organizations ended with COINTELPRO in the 1970’s you would be wrong. This article cites information from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that prove that the Department of Homeland Security was focused on suppressing media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests to stifle dissent.
To quote Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the Executive Director of The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”
This should be no surprise to anyone who is aware of the domestic spying against Americans done at the “fusion centers” that are now all across the US. The 72 fusion centers were created in the wake of 9-11 as a supposed center for law enforcement agencies to share information about “terrorist threats.” Instead, they have been spending their time violating Americans’ first amendment rights and monitoring people who have the temerity to do things like put political stickers in public bathrooms or participate in movements against the death penalty. According to a bipartisan Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report finished in 2012 and this article, “somewhere between $289 million and $1.4 billion was spent to produce “crap” while violating the civil right [sic] of citizens with no accountability.”