On December 24, Russia Today headlined "Terrorists and criminals: Documents prove FBI monitored OWS."
Federal surveillance was initiated weeks before demonstrations began.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is a public service legal organization. It's "dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination."
PCJF issues involve constitutional law, civil rights, women's rights, economic justice matters, and Freedom of Information Act cases.
Its work includes "landmark constitutional rights litigation, often concentrated in the areas of free speech, assembly or other protected political organizing activity."
On September 20, PCJF sued local authorities. They challenged New York police arrests "based on".association with or proximity to dissent and protest."
In March , PCJF obtained heavily redacted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested documents. They showed federal agencies began "coordinated (anti-OWS) intelligence gathering and operations." They began in August 2011.
On December 22, PCJF headlined "FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring," saying: