National Coordination Goes Against Protection of Local Accountability

According to Oakland Mayor Jean said that 18 cities coordinated police crack downs on Occupy protests.

Wonkette reports that Homeland Security likely organized the crack downs:

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. (Oh, and tonight, too: Seattle is being busted up by the riot cops right now, so be careful out there.)

Rick Ellis of the Minneapolis edition of Examiner.com has this, based on a “background conversation” he had with a Justice Department official on Monday night:

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.

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According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be present.

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(And for those who are understandably doubtful about Examiner.com as a news source, here’s an AP story from a couple hours ago that verifies everything except the specific mention of DHS coordination.)

Yves Smith notes:

The 18 police action was a national, coordinated effort. This is a more serious development that one might imagine. Reader Richard Kline has pointed out that one of the de facto protections of American freedoms is that policing is local, accountable to elected officials at a level of government where voters matter. National coordination vitiates the notion that policing is responsive to and accountable to the governed.

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8 Responses to “Homeland Security Coordinated 18-City Police Crackdown on Occupy Protest”

  1. theexpertisin says:

    Law enforcement agencies almost always coordinate and share information. They had to be coordinated from D.C. as this was a nationwide crackdown.

    Is it likely that the Obama election machine decided the protests were no longer serving their 2012 interests and decided to pull the plug? Thus, the nationwide squashing of the tent cities?

    If this is the case, why no outrage and riots in front of the White House?

  2. Greg0658 says:

    “the Obama election machine decided” .. a false flag op only works if no one points it out as such .. now its time to throw all the incumbant bums out to show whos boss and be left with apprentices up against the lobbies :-|

  3. dawase says:

    What a sad, sad day for this once-great nation.

  4. DrSandman says:

    If true — and I have my doubts since I’ve worked peripherally with DHS and find them to be mostly incompetent bums — then this would be the first thing that DHS has done that I support. Time to take out the anti-semite, anti-woman, anti-rule-of-law, anarchist, Che-loving, socialist-utopian trash.

    This results from this exercise (even if what this post is saying is true…) will be even better in the long run because, having served its purpose, the agency will be defunded as a result of the 2012 elections and continuing financial crisis. Everybody wins.

  5. gusgus says:

    So the Obama administration coordinated an 18 city eviction of OWS protestors just as winter is about to set in and force the protestors to seek shelter. Why would Obama take action when winter weather was about to do the eviction work for him? Maybe Obama is playing a deeper game than we think?

  6. lapsedlawyer says:

    I’d be wary of listening to anything from the examiner.

    http://mediamatters.org/columns/200911250046

  7. DeDude says:

    This crack-down was probably the best thing that could happen to OWS. It helps get them back in the news and galvanize the supporters just as the cold weather and length of the protest was starting to wear them down.

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