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.”