Via Digby, I learned today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is definitely involved in the coordinated effort to suppress the 99 Percent Movement. I have nothing against the good men and women of DHS, whose mission is to “ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.” However, that mission statement says nothing about attacking peaceful demonstrations that are supported by the majority of Americans.
An anonymous Justice Department official told the Minneapolis Examiner’s Rick Ellis that the recent evictions of Occupy movement across the country including Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Oakland, and New York City were “coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.” Apparently, DHS is now providing “threat assessments” to local law enforcement and they even arrested protesters in Portland. Un-answered questions include whether federal aid has been given to cities to provide overtime pay for police conducting middle-of-the-night raids on demonstrators, and why these coordinated crackdowns took place while President Obama was out of the country.
Update: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials
Homeland Security detain Occupy Portland Photographer
Justice Dept: Homeland Security Advised Raids On Occupy Wall Street Camps
DOCUMENT: Department of Homeland Security: “Occupy Pittsburgh Threat Assessment”