So, Homeland Security coordinated with cities that had Occupy Protesters?

Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict “Occupy” protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night’s move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.

It’s an ominous development any way you spin it.

Update As Wonkette notes:

Remember when people were freaking out over the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and all this other conveniently ready-to-go post-9/11 police state stuff, because it would obviously be just a matter of time before the whole apparatus was turned against non-Muslim Americans when they started getting complain-y about the social injustice and economic injustice and income inequality and endless recession and permanent unemployment? That day is now, and has been for some time. But it’s also now confirmed that it’s now, as some Justice Department official screwed up and admitted that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated the riot-cop raids on a dozen major #Occupy Wall Street demonstration camps nationwide yesterday and today.

Hoocoodanode such a thing would happen?

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  • Michael Moore said last night that a conference call of sixteen mayors and an official (offal?) of DHS coordinated the efforts. It may not have been top down.

  • Protesting = terrorism, these days. If you cannot catch the bad guys, just pretend you are doing something by getting involved in this kind of stuff. Shows results.

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    Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort.
    It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
    – Voltaire

  • The NRA, because your constitution might need to be defended.
    As despicable a solution that it may sound.You should remember the lessons of history and pre WWII Germany, a disarmed popupation is the ideal prey.
    Not that I like the NRA, I personnaly hate guns and violence, but unless a very strong message is driven through next year elections I think that the US will become a dictatorship of the 1%ers.
    Voltaire said it and he knew what he was talking about.

  • …they need their heads read.

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • This whole story blew up based on one post by one blogger, who gets paid directly by the number of eyeballs he attracts, who cites one anonymous Justice Department source. Everyone who is talking about this (including Moore) traces their info back to that post.

    Is the DHS capable of doing this? Sure. Did they actually do it? Let’s have some proof.


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