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:
FOIA documents "reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat."
It did so "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."- Advertisement -
FBI surveillance is standard practice. PCJF called information received "just the tip of the iceberg." It reflects longstanding policy.
It treats peaceful protests against massive financial fraud and related malfeasance as "potential criminal and terrorist activity."
Documents show FBI, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies function "as de facto intelligence arm(s) of Wall Street and corporate America."
Heavily redacted material shows federal authorities concealed more than they revealed. PCJF is appealing for full disclosure.
What's known divulges police state harshness. In October 2011, Obama lied. Doing so comes easy to him.
He alleged OWS support. He told ABC News :
"The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you're supposed to do, is rewarded."
"And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don't feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren't rewarded."
His key words were "we are on their side."