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Examiner: Obama Homeland Security Prompted and Coordinated #Occupy Expulsions

Did it seem odd to you how there just happened to be mass police expulsions of protesters in the Occupy movement from occupations across the country, from Oakland to DC and many places in between?

Looks like it may not have been a coincidence after all.

Rick Ellis of the Examiner shares his conversation with an FBI official, Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security and the FBI coordinated the expulsion of occupiers with city officials across the country, advising them on police tactics and on coming up with legal rationales to end the dissent. A conference call between 18 cities was held and, further indicating federal involvement, DHS federal protection agents were seen at the crackdown in Portland, Maine. In Nashville, Occupy participants have staged a protest outside a local Homeland Security office in protest of national DHS involvement in quashing American protest.

And now Department of Homeland Security Spokesman Matthew Chandler has issued a non-denial, that of course the final decisions rest with “local authorities”:

“Any decisions on how to handle specifics situations are dealt with by local authorities in that location. If a protest area is located on Federal property and has been deemed unsanitary or unsafe by the General Services Administration (GSA) or city officials, and they make a decision to evacuate participants, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) will work with those officials to develop a plan to ensure the security and safety of everyone involved.”

9 comments to Examiner: Obama Homeland Security Prompted and Coordinated #Occupy Expulsions

  • Protests are now unsanitary? Unsanitary?!?

    Well, gosh. Why don’t they regulate protests through the FDA, then?

    • Dana Greer

      Unbelievable. With this “Unsanitary” nonesense being the announced reason to crack down on people using their first ammendment right to peacefully assemble now they can shut down any protest anywhere there isn’t a port-a-potty

  • Hooligan

    Rather than resort to innuendo and “conspiracy theories”, let’s first recognize this established fact: that Mayor Bloomberg, as pointed out repeatedly by the New York Times, has been torn for weeks between a true, earnest, heartfelt passion for the freedom of expression of his people, and his sworn duty to keep that lawless filthy riffraff off the front lawn of Sheldon Silver’s condo. In like measure, we need to give Holebama the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps those of us entranced by his awe-inspiring, courageous leadership skills, his amazing speeches, which hvae so inspired us, have so transcended the mere ordinary Tel-a-Prom-Ter speeches, were seduced falsely into burdening him with meeting a higher standard than it was practical to expect. Is Obama in fact, guilty of anything, one might ask? The answer may be surprising. A quick check of the facts indicates that these actions by federal authorities were not premeditated. In fact, upon closer examination, it’s clear that the FBI’s participation in the conferences was purely accidental. Official sources have indicated that, at most, the Department of Homeland Security attended the meetings reluctantly and, in any event, in a purely advisory role. At the end of the day, it is local governments which, without conspiracy, made the decisions, independently, to enforce banal minutiae of the law, like health and safety codes. There is no overarching, monolithic “government” response. Federal governments don’t evict protesters. Municipal police do.

    Instead, the fault here lies with the protesters, for being incoherent, and permitting a vocal, yet small, disgruntled minority of extremists to steer the movement. Where the Arab Spring succeeded in reaching out and inspiring, OWS has abjectly failed. Worse still, it has sabotaged what was a real opportunity to invent a truly new, lasting dialogue with the people, by simply shutting up, going home and doing as we are told, not speaking unless spoken to, yes, back in that corner before we club and gas you, yes, that corner there. And as a card-carrying member of the “left”, I can say from experience that we need to stop being losers, stop blaming the White House, and finally shoulder the blame for once at this tremendous missed opportunity, one for which we only have ourselves to blame.

    (What do you think, folks, think I can get a job at the Times now? Or the Nation magazine or NPR or something?)

    • What marvelous sarcasm. We have a cell for people like you.

    • Hooligan

      Shoot. I thought I’d hit all the standard bullet points required of a mainstream media op-ed:
      1) defend the powerful
      2) blame the protesters
      3) if necessary, make it look like you’re doing the opposite, so dumb people will be fooled

      OK, OK. I’ll go to a padded cell, on one condition. All the pundits and talking heads from the mainstream media need to go, too. We need to start a new movement, “Occupy the White Room”. I’ll play a pipe, and then all the rats can follow me there, sort of like the Pied Piper.

      • Ralph

        So the NYPD can conduct raids and seizures of all possessions if a place isn’t sanitary?

        Wonder what would happen if someone threw a bag of shit into Goldman Sachs.

  • Tom

    Not only that, Ralph, but what about the Gulf oil “spill” and BP gettin’ away with environmental “murder”? Where’s the cops on that? Oh, that’s right – though corporations are somehow “people,” they aren’t responsible or accountable.

    Here’s a good read on the OWS and especially on our banana republic:
    http://www.truth-out.org/what-america-looks/1321471600

    • Hooligan

      William Rivers Pitt really needs to refer back to official talking points papers before he writes. Why, he’s even refusing to accept bullet point number one– the sound-bite about the Occupy movement lacking a message, which is patently obvious once you discount the part about the 1% controlling 40% of the wealth thing, the unemployment, the bank bailouts, and all that stuff. Take those things away, and– Magic!– no message at all.

      He’s a terrible embarrassment to the journalistic profession I tell you…

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