Targeting Journalists Covering OWS Protests - by Stephen Lendman
Suppressing OWS truth.
On September, 17, 2011, US Day of Rage.org organized protests in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, and Austin, TX.
They hoped many more would follow, grow, and spread nationwide. Indeed they have to over 1,000 large and small cities, towns, and communities.
"We have had enough," they said. "Help us reclaim democracy." Currently, many social justice issues drive them. In response, police violence confronts them.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admitted coordinating crackdown efforts with counterparts in other cities.
Examiner.com reporter Rick Ellis said an anonymous federal official told him that "in several (late 2011) 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."
They were also "advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear."
Last October, Obama duplicitously said, "(W)e are on their side."
He's a serial liar. He solely supports wealth, power, and imperial dominance. He deplores rule of law principles, democratic values, and social justice. He's ravaging the world one country at a time and waging war at home against dissent. His new indefinite military detention law targets OWS, other like-minded activists, and anyone threatening US hegemony.
Washington began aiding cities confront OWS protesters violently before it passed. FBI officials are involved on tactics and perhaps directly. They advised that evictions be conducted late night or pre-dawn when local press coverage is absent or minimal.
Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service arrested an Occupy Portland photographer. Moreover, federal and undercover police provocateurs often disrupt public protests violently.
Department of Defense training manuals call protests "low-level terrorism." An FBI memo says peace protesters are "terrorists." Throughout his tenure, Obama's been more active destroying human rights and civil liberties than Bush II.
Journalists are singled out and targeted. On January 7, Press TV said nearly 40 journalists have been arrested since September protests began. In early January, technicians working for Global Revolution were arrested for streaming live OWS protest video.
Journalists have been harassed, arrested, handcuffed, and beaten for doing their job. Free Press.net's Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director Josh Stearns reported last November that 10 New York-based journalists were violently arrested in an early morning raid.