Recently disclosed FBI documents received by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) indicate that the bureau had known of a plan by a mysterious group in October 2011 -- the name of which was blacked out in the released document -- to identify the leaders of the movement in Houston and then assassinate them.
PCJF executive director Maya Verheyden-Hilliard said the report proves that federal agencies are “functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of the Wall Street and corporate America…against people who are engaged in First Amendment-protected free speech activities.”
The official said well before Zuccotti Park was occupied and before the first protest began on Wall Street, there was an “FBI meeting with leaders of the New York Stock Exchange and with the security organizations of the Wall Street banks to develop a coordinated strategy for dealing with the Occupy protests.”
The report further revealed that the FBI considered the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledged that organizers explicitly called for peaceful demonstrations and “did not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.
Verheyden-Hilliard went on to criticize the FBI’s double-standard policy regarding terrorism, adding that “Here you had a real terrorist threat, which, if the FBI were serious about combating and preventing terrorism it would have acted upon, and it did nothing!”
FBI records were reportedly obtained by the PCJF through a Freedom of Information Act request to the agency, with many parts of the documents censored by the bureau.
The FBI worked in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, US military, private corporations and law enforcement agencies in a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation movement against social injustice began in September 2011.