Occupy movement ‘domestic terrorism’?
The Occupy movement is back in the headlines, but not because of a new protest by the largely “ecclectic” protest movement. No, these headlines come courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who apparently classified the group as domestic terrorists.
From the Huffington Post:
According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a “criminal activity” or even “domestic terrorism.”
The internal papers were obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice fund via a Freedom of Information Act Request. The fund, a legal nonprofit that focuses on civil rights, says it believes the 112 pages of documents, available for public viewing on its website, are only “the tip of the iceberg.”
“This production … is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” wrote Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the fund’s executive director, in a press release Saturday.
And folks have called me paranoid for being concerned about laws like the NDAA and the Patriot Act and how they could be used against regular Americans. After all, they’ve argued, it’s only for use against terrorists. I have countered that, saying that it wouldn’t be all that hard for law enforcement to argue that movements like the Tea Party or Occupy were “domestic terrorists”.
They laughed. Probably not so much now.
To be sure, there are those in the Occupy movement that probably are best classified as domestic terrorists. For example, you have five “anarchists” who plotted to blow up a bridge in Cleveland…who just happened to be part of the Occupy movement. However, the nature of the Occupy movement was that it was extremely difficult to classify the group. You had Che Gueverra fans standing next to Ron Paul supporters who are standing next to old school hippy types. The nebulous nature meant it was extremely difficult to classify much of the Occupy movement, which also means that the vast majority of its supporters had no intentions of blowing up bridges.
Yet, here we have the FBI referring to this movement - which was doing things the right way whether you agree with what they wanted or not - as domestic terrorists.
And these are the people you want to trust with guns while disarming the rest of us? Really?