Sunday, December 30, 2012

OWS / Snipers and Necessary Trouble

Every time we choose to do take a stand – make an action – we are putting ourselves at risk

As posted today on Daily Kos – there is a flurry of diaries about the FOIA of FBI/#OWS documents that were released to  Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF)
The documents can be found 

A recap of the documents is in the diary at Daily Kos
With this recap being the most disturbing.
The sixteenth report is the "sniper report".  My reading of it is that the FBI was investigating some individual threatening to shoot leaders of the OWS.  NOT the FBI or local law enforcement.  It also discusses the pepper spraying of the protesters.
Be sure to read the comments

Another diarist at Daily Kos released a screenshot from the sixteenth report in this diary
        They planned to kill us "if deemed necessary."
And it appears that “someone” was planning something "if deemed necessary"
Be sure to read the comments

From Naomi Wolf writing on Common Dreams regarding the document drop

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations' knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

A must Read -
Read it

Every time we choose to do take a stand – make an action – we are putting ourselves at risk
Every time we must weigh the risk in regards to the stand / action.

From the transcript Lewis' closing statement from an interview on Democracy Now (my emphasis):

REP. JOHN LEWIS: I believe there is something in human history—I call it the spirit of history. It’s like a spring, a stream, that continue to move. And individuals and forces come along that become symbols of what is good, what is right and what is fair. And that’s why I wrote this little book, to say to people that you, too, can allow yourself to be used by the spirit of history. Just find a way to get in the way. When I was growing up, my mother and father, my grandparents and great-grandparents were always telling me, "Don’t get in trouble. Don’t get in the way." But I was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks and others to get in the way, to get in trouble—good trouble, necessary trouble. And we all must find a way to have the courage to get in trouble, to do our part. Every generation must find a way to leave the planet, leave this little spaceship, earth, this little piece of real estate, a little better than we found it—a little cleaner, a little greener and a little more peaceful. I think that’s our calling. We have a mission, a mandate and a moral obligation to do just that.

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