FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) via the organization's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests. Would you be shocked to learn that the documents obtained via the FOIA request reveal that the FBI knew that some organization-- possibly another law enforcement agency, or a private security outfit or an individual or group had contingency plans to assassinate the leadership of Occupy and did nothing to intervene? http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/06/27/fb...ill-occupy-leaders-if-deemed-necessary/print/ Would you be surprised to learn that this intelligence comes not from a shadowy whistle-blower but from the FBI itself – specifically, from a document obtained, via a FOIA request, from Houston FBI office last December? The question, then, is: What did the FBI do about it? WhoWhatWhy contacted FBI headquarters in Washington, and asked about this document—which, despite its stunning revelation and despite PCFJ press releases, was (notwithstanding a few online mentions) generally ignored by mainstream and “alternative” press alike. The agency confirmed that it is genuine and that it originated in the Houston FBI office. (The plot is also referenced in a second document obtained in PCJF’s FOIA response, in this case from the FBI’s Gainesville, Fla., office, which cites the Houston FBI as the source.) That second document actually suggests that the assassination plot, which never was activated, might still be operative should Occupy decisively re-emerge in the area. It states: On 13 October 20111, writer sent via email an excerpt from the daily [DELETED] regarding FBI Houston’s [DELETED] to all IAs, SSRAs and SSA [DELETED] This [DELETED] identified the exploitation of the Occupy Movement by [LENGTHY DELETION] interested in developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire. Asked why solid information about an assassination plot against American citizens exercising their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly never led to exposure of the plotters’ identity or an arrest—as happened with so many other terrorist schemes the agency has publicized—Paul Bresson, head of the FBI media office, offered a typically elliptical response: The FOIA documents that you reference are redacted in several places pursuant to FOIA and privacy laws that govern the release of such information so therefore I am unable to help fill in the blanks that you are seeking. Exemptions are cited in each place where a redaction is made. As far as the question about the murder plot, I am unable to comment further, but rest assured if the FBI was aware of credible and specific information involving a murder plot, law enforcement would have responded with appropriate action. Note that the privacy being “protected” in this instance (by a government that we now know has so little respect for our privacy) was of someone or some organization that was actively contemplating violating other people’s Constitutional rights— by murdering them. That should leave us less than confident about Bresson’s assertion that law enforcement would have responded appropriately to a “credible” threat. FULL ARTICLE: http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/06/27/fb...ill-occupy-leaders-if-deemed-necessary/print/ LINK TO ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS OBTAINED VIA THE FOIA REQUEST: http://www.justiceonline.org/commentary/fbi-files-ows.html#documents On a personal note, while I believe that the Occupy movement had some major flaws which led to their overall ineffectiveness at being a catalyst for change; the information from the FBI itself is quite telling and raises a ton of questions. In this current environment that the US Government loves nothing more than to pat themselves on the back for stopping very questionable terror plots (cultivating potential terrorists through carefully orchestrated sting operations aka entrapment) or stopping terror plots which they actually did not stop (Times Square bomber, Underwear bomber, Shoe bomber; all stopped by alert citizens; you have to ask yourself why the public has heard nothing about this plot being stopped... Understand that each time a government agency "stops" a "terrorist plot" those agencies budget requests rise and blindly approved by Congress. This is most interesting in light of the current privacy encroachments... It is alarming that this has not been reported.