WikiLeaks Uncovers Homeland Security Report on Occupy Movement
The transparency organization WikiLeaks has published an assessment report from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) on the Occupy movement that was put together in October of last year. The assessment was attached to a Stratfor email, one of five million or so emails the organization obtained and has been releasing since February 27.
The release of the report is timely, as it is being released just as Occupy supporters are mobilizing for demonstrations against the suppression of the Occupy movement by law enforcement and political leaders in the United States.
Put together by the Office of Infrastructure Protection under DHS, the report seems to have put together with the following presumption in mind, which appears in bold at the top of the report:
“Mass gatherings associated with public protest movements can have disruptive effects on transportation, commercial, and government services, especially when staged in major metropolitan areas. Large scale demonstrations also carry the potential for violence, presenting a significant challenge for law enforcement.”
The report proceeds to break down the risks and threats the Occupy movement poses to “critical infrastructure” by looking at their “impacts” on financial services, commercial facilities, transportation, emergency services and government facilities. The breakdown relied on news reports from sources like the New York Daily News, CBS, Associated Press, CNN, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, New York Times, Boston Globe, etc.
In the report’s summary, DHS concluded:
“The growing support for the OWS movement has expanded the protests’ impact and increased the potential for violence. While the peaceful nature of the protests has served so far to mitigate their impact, larger numbers and support from groups such as Anonymous substantially increase the risk for potential incidents and enhance the potential security risk to critical infrastructure (CI). The continued expansion of these protests also places an increasingly heavy burden on law enforcement and movement organizers to control protesters. As the primary target of the demonstrations, financial services stands the sector most impacted by the OWS protests. Due to the location of the protests in major metropolitan areas, heightened and continuous situational awareness for security personnel across all CI sectors is encouraged.”
Much like the threat government officials might allege WikiLeaks releases pose to national security, the threat is, for the most part, hype. Though the protests had been “peaceful,” Homeland Security determined that the fact that more and more citizens were turning out to support the cause of Occupy posed a possible threat to critical infrastructure and public order. The presence of supporters of Anonymous, which the FBI has been investigating, led Homeland Security to believe “potential incidents” or “potential security risks” could transpire. But, while Anonymous has claimed responsibility for cyber attacks, it has absolutely no history of violence in the world of non-virtual reality.
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Noam Chomsky on Wikileaks & Julian Assange
“Julian Assange should be congratulated for carrying out the responsibilities of a citizen in democratic societies, where the population should be aware of what their selected representatives are doing and planning.
The Wikileaks revelations have surely advanced such awareness and understanding, and are a valuable contribution for that reason.”
“A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having” - V.
America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
America two dollars and sixty-seven cents December 1st, 2011
I can’t stand it any longer.
America when will we end these pointless wars?
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind.
America when will you come to your senses?
When will you call me? I’ve been waiting by the phone.
America when will you be worthy of your Constitution?
America why are your streets full of teargas?
These aren’t tears of joy; I have pepper spray in my eyes.
I’m sick of your insanity.
America I’ve deposited all my money in your banks -
Your red tape is too much for me.
America when will you lower tuition and forgive student loans?
America when was the last time you read the Port Huron statement?
There must be some way to settle these arguments.
America when will you admit that Julian Assange is being persecuted
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and not for using his Scandinavian sex-appeal
Is this some form of practical joke?
America you said McCarthyism was dead
and feeding it Reese’s Pieces.
America stop telling me I know don’t know what I’m doing.
America there is frost on the ground at Zuccotti Park.
This is the winter of our discontent.
Everyday someone else is beaten senseless by the police,
the Republicans carry on about the homosexual menace,
and the Christians keep rescheduling The Rapture.
but I’m afraid the Marlboro Man will win.
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This is a North facing revolution;
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Are you going to let your life be run by Fox News?
America is this correct?
America people are dying in the streets everyday in Egypt.
America how can I write this poem with my hands
Scott Olsen served two tours in Iraq and when he got back
fracturing his skull and damaging his brain
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America John Pike must pay for what he did to those kids in Davis.
America free Bradley Manning!
It occurs to me that I am America
and I’m talking to myself again.
Today there has been a recall on civil liberties;
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America I thought this was the land of opportunity?
but maybe I misunderstood; my English is not very good.
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Nathan Hale said he was sorry he could only die once for his country
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The Boston tea party was forcibly disbanded
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America, am I getting any of this right?
America I tried to call you the other day for help
but I was redirected to a call center in New Delhi
and someone named Rajeesh asked me for my serial number
and suggested that I try re-booting.
~ Written By Sarah Hope Williams
December 1st, 2011 in San Francisco
This Is Just Beginning.