The cop group coordinating the Occupy crackdowns

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A national group with ties to Homeland Security helped paln the Occupy Oakland busts

As cities across America evict encampments of the Occupy Wall Street movement, similarities of timing, talking points and tactics among major metropolitan mayors and police chiefs have led critics to wonder: Is some sort of national coordination going on?

The White House says there’s no federal oversight. Speaking November 15 aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “The president’s position is that obviously every municipality has to make its own decisions about how to handle these issues.”

But a little-known but influential private membership based organization has placed itself at the center of advising and coordinating the crackdown on the encampments. The Police Executive Research Forum, an international non-governmental organization with ties to law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been coordinating conference calls with major metropolitan mayors and police chiefs to advise them on policing matters and discuss response to the Occupy movement. The group has distributed a recently published guide on policing political events.

Speaking to Democracy Now! On November 17, PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler acknowledged PERF's coordination of a series of conference-call strategy sessions with big-city police chiefs. These calls were distinct from the widely reported national conference calls of major metropolitan mayors.

The coordination of political crackdowns on the Occupy movement has been conducted behind closed doors, with city officials and PERF refusing to say how many cities participated in the conference calls and the exact nature of the discussions. Reports of at least a dozen cities and some indication of as many as 40 accepting PERF advice and/or strategic documents include San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Portland, Oakland, Atlanta, and Washington DC.

The San Francisco Police Department and Mayor Ed Lee's office did not returned the Guardian's request for comment about the PERF calls by press time. However, Oakland interim Police Chief Howard Jordan was quoted by the Associated Press confirming Oakland and San Francisco police involvement in the strategy sessions.

PERF coordinated a November 10 conference call with city police chiefs across the country – and many of these cities undertook crackdowns shortly afterward.

"We know that there were influential conference calls of private groups that include police chiefs who played key roles in repressing the anti-globalization movement, in order to stage rolling attacks on occupations across the country,” said Baruca Peller, an organizer for Occupy Oakland. “In less than a week an unprecedented number of protesters have been brutalized and arrested, and in many cities such as Oakland these evictions were pushed for by the local one-percent.”

“Occupy Oakland is calling for a national day of re-occupation on Saturday, to let them know that if they can take a national offensive against us, we can take a national offensive in response and we will re-take these public spaces and what is already ours."

According to PERF's website, general membership in the group is exclusive to “the executive head of a municipal, county or state-funded agency that provides general police services. The agency must have at least 100 full-time employees, or serve a population of 50,000 or more people.”

PERF’s current and former directors read as a who's who of police chiefs involved in crackdowns on anti-globalization and political convention protesters resulting in thousands of arrests, hundreds of injuries, and millions of dollars paid out in police brutality and wrongful arrest lawsuits.

These current and former U.S. police chiefs -- along with top ranking police union officials and representatives from Canadian and British police -- have been marketing to municipal police forces and politicians their joint experiences as specialists on policing mass demonstrations.

Chairing PERF's board of directors is Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former Washington D.C. Metro Police Chief Charles Ramsey, who was responsible for coordinating the police response to protests against international banking institutions including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Those protests, and Ramsey's response to massive anti-war demonstrations in Washington DC in the lead up the the Iraq War, often resulted in preemptive mass arrest of participants that were later deemed to be unconstitutional.

Ramsey's predecessor as organization chair is former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former Miami Police Chief  John Timoney, who is responsible for the so called “Miami Model,” coined after the police crackdown on the 2003 Free Trade Agreement of the Americas protest.
The police response to protesters in Miami lead to hundreds of injuries to protesters. The ACLU won multiple suits against the Miami P.D. over abuse to protesters and free speech concerns.

Prior to the 2003 protest, Timoney was quoted as saying that the FTAA was “the first big event for homeland security … the first real realistic run-through to see how it would work.”

Timoney arrived in Miami with plenty of baggage. At the 2000 Republican National Convention, Timoney coordinated a crackdown that resulted in more than 420 arrests with only 13 convictions, none of which resulted in jail time. As in Miami, there was well documented abuse of some of the people arrested.

Also among PERF's directors is Minneapolis police chief Tim Dolan, who was responsible for the crackdown on protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention. That event also resulted in lawsuits, protester injuries and an outcry from the national press about police brutality and the preemptive nature of the police action.

PERF is more than a mere policy group. Wexler has personally represented PERF at major political events, in face-to-face dialog with police tactical commanders and leadership. That was the case at the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Wexler and Minneapolis Police Chief Dolan coordinated what is widely regarded as one of the most aggressive political crackdowns in recent American history.

Wexler spent the afternoon of October 14 observing Occupy Philadelphia with Philadelphia police commissioner Ramsey.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Tribune, Ramsey said: “They wanted to see what the Occupy protesters were doing here in Philadelphia. As we walked through their encampment, almost immediately they were texting other groups around the country – it was happening while we were there and that was very, very interesting. It’s instant communication, and it’s worldwide. We have to become more adept at using the technology. Our police department has its own active Facebook page as a way of reaching out to the community.”

“Had a great one-day conference in Philly about social media – very pertinent these days with the occupy protests ...” Wexler stated from his twitter account.

As the occupation movement grew, PERF began circulating a publication titled Managing Major Events: Best Practices from the Field. The manual – a copy of which we downloaded -- amounts to a how-to guide for policing political events, and gives special attention to policing “Anarchists” and “Eco Terrrorists” at political events.

The guide encourages the use of undercover officers and snatch squads to “grab the bad guys and remove them from the crowd.” It urges local law enforcement to use social media to map the Occupy movement.

An earlier PERF guide Police Management of Mass Demonstrations advocates the use of embedded media to control police messages, the use of undercover cops to infiltrate protest groups, the use and pitfalls of preemptive mass arrest, an examination of the use of less-than-lethal crowd control weapons, and general discussion weighing the use of force in crowd control.

Comments

The left is certainly welcome to come join #Occupy, as is the right. But do not expect #Occupy to join up with either the left or the right.

There will be no co-opting this time. Leaderless leadership assures it!

Posted by Kevin Schmidt on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 6:00 am

Although the triple letter sectarian newspaper symbiotic Marxist/Leninist parties do try to show up and punk the show.

The PSL, Party for Socialism and Liberation, sees the Occupation as a recruiting opportunity to ply its mix of Marxism/Leninism and the same kind of "most vulnerable" identity politics.

We've seen the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) show up with their newspaper (Revolution!, or does the newspaper own the party?) and they were quickly dispatched by an autonomous spontaneous strike force of Occupiers.

The Socialist Workers Party was on hand for the education march replete with their paper, The Militant! It did not appear that any member was younger than 60.

The ISO, of course, was there for the student march, how could they not be, and they were expressing their symbiotic relationship with their paper, the Socialist Worker.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 10:33 am

of the members of the Socialist Worker's Party?

Posted by Michael W. on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

Because I am ageist and hate old people, what else? Political movements that hope to grow should have a range of ages participating. My contention is that the sectarian left has reached a low point where it has a long tail. That is there are so many people in the US that a handful will join these movements to keep them from expiring. In the case of the SWP, I did not see anyone who came of age after the fall of the Berlin Wall. To me, that indicates that the SWP, even with the long tail of up and coming gullible potential cadre, is destined for the dustbin of history.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 9:27 am

@marcos. I didn't realize you hated me !!

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 9:38 am

@Patrick, I hate you only because you are older than I am. And I hate everyone who is younger than I am because I don't get to be that young anymore. Let's just face it, I hate human beings, I am misanthropic. And don't get any bright ideas. That's mister anthropy to you!

If what I'm seeing of my sisters and brothers keeps up, I might be coaxed out of my misanthropy, tho. But not by the SWP.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 10:50 am

at that demonstration does not mean that there are no young people in the party,
and I do not not see why the present membership of the socialist workers party dictates what its future membership will be.

Do you have any argument against the validity of the SWP political program or its political and economic analysis? I ask this because it merely begs the question to assume that only a gullible person, rather than a critical person, might join the party.

Posted by Michael W. on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 11:58 am

Are you kidding? The reality that exists outward from Marcos's eyes is the DEFAULT reality. Everything else is just a part of the matrix.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

is that their leaders still cling to the outdated fiction that the best way to run even a socialist society is through hierarchy with strong centralized authority at the top; through seizing and replacing a capitalist state, with a strong centralized 'socialist' state. (I put 'socialist' in quotes, because the truth is, that state-ism is actually diametrically opposed to true socialism.)

The 21st century must turn, and is turning, thanks to younger people leading the movement, toward a socialism run via horizontal direct democracy.

Top-down hierarchy is what got this planet and our civilization into the abhorrent mess in which it is mired right now, and the last thing we need is for a bunch of anachronistic yay-hoos advocating overthrowing the state only to replace it with dictatorial state communism or socialism.

It totally blows me away when I have conversations with any one of these traditional so called 'socialists' that they actually still believe that replacing capitalist state hierarchy with 'socialist' state hierarchy is the way to go.

Most of them, to this day, even have the ignorant audacity to continue to defend the Soviet Union...

Ludicrous.

Networking local horizontal direct democracies is the path forward; growing and integrating diverse power organically from below, not seizing it and imposing it from above.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

Excellent article. This quote actually says more than it intends - 'White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “The president’s position is that obviously every municipality has to make its own decisions about how to handle these issues."' - The Federlal gov, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, has an obligation not to leave it the municipalities, if the municipalities and their police are depriving citizens of their rights. See http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-ows-has-shown-us-about-blo...

Posted by Guest on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 10:20 am

With the expansion of the Patriot Act and his willingness to assassinate US citizens without the benefit of prosecution, conviction, and sentencing, Obama has already made it clear that he is no proponent of civil liberties. And with his support for banking bailouts and lack of prosecution of any criminal acts by the banks, it is obvious that he is 100% behind Wall Street. What kind of assistance has he offered homeowners who face foreclosure? At best, a reduction in interest, which in return, the lenders receive new paperwork that is legally enforceable and a loan that is recourse (i.e. the borrower is on the hook for the difference between what sale of the home brings and what remains on the loan). Did he support the protesters in Wisconsin or Ohio? He has passed three more free trade agreements, further undercutting domestic labor and providing another tax haven/money laundering facility for the 1% (Panama banks promised State Dept they would be as discrete and corrupt as desired). Obama was also the one who wanted to make the "big deal" that cut Social Security and Medicare.

Obama is no friend to the 99%....... or the First Amendment, or anything else honorable. He may end up making history, alright, as the most corrupt president of modern times.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

What we all need to understand here is that the police are the enforcement arm of the existing economic, corporate, and political power. The primary obligation of the police is to ensure the ongoing maiintenance of the status quo. As military structure, the individual officers follow oders from the central command. Within the ranks there may be various individual variances, but the command structure is fairly rigid and it is very unlikely to be broken. So, the cops that are "cracking down" on the Occupy protesters are simply muscle for those in power.
Given that a well accepted quality of nature is that change is inevitable, the police and their corporate employers are acting against that which is natural and inevitable. Consequently, corporate executives, financial power brokers, and politicians need to disabuse themselves of the notion that the current order is unlikely to change. And they need to remember that those who hold fast to power beyond their time do not have happy endings.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

Back in the 1960's, before most of us were born, young people rioted in the streets all over America because they were fighting for their very lives. They were being drafted and shipped off to fight in Viet Nam, a war that made no sense economically, culturally, or for national security. They were extremely pissed off, and had every right to be. Not to mention the Civil Rights riots, and the real police brutality that those people suffered just to be considered Equal Under The Law. And what is OWS fighting for? They want "the rich" to pay off their student loans. They want income redistribution so that working taxpayers can pay for them to sit on their asses in a park for weeks on end, stinking up the place and being a nuisance. And when people get tired of the financial liabilities that they cause and sic the cops on them, they have the nerve to whine about "police brutality". What a bunch of losers.

Posted by jespasinthru on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

How much are they paying you to say these rediculous lies? Let me speak to you in the only language you understand. If you tell me who is paying you, how much they are paying you, the channels through which the money flows, and provide me proof, I'll give you $500, you delusional, sell-out relic.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 25, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

How much are they paying you to say these rediculous lies? Let me speak to you in the only language you understand. If you tell me who is paying you, how much they are paying you, the channels through which the money flows, and provide me proof, I'll give you $500, you delusional, sell-out relic.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 25, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

Back in the 1960's, before most of us were born, young people rioted all over America because they were fighting for their very lives. They were being drafted and shipped off to fight and die in Viet Nam, a war that made no sense economically, culturally, or for national security. They were extremely pissed off, and they had every right to be. And then there were the Civil Rights riots, and the real police brutality that those people endured just to be considered Equal Under The Law. And what is OWS rioting for? They want "the rich" to pay off their student loans. And they want income redistribution so working taxpayers can pay for them to sit on their asses in parks for weeks on end, stinking up the place and being a nuisance. And when people got tired of them being an economic liability and sicced the cops on them, they had the nerve to whine about "police brutality". That's not how you do political activism. What a bunch of losers.

Posted by jespasinthru on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

Education, including higher education, used to be free. Now higher education is run through a massive loan system putting students in near lifetime debt, effectively making the young permanent slaves to banks, and the elites who own those banks, just to get a basic education.

The average corporate executive, during those 60s you reference, made about 40 times what the average worker made. Today, the average executive makes around 400 times what an average worker makes; and absolutely outrageous tenfold increase in disparity.

Productivity has skyrocketed since the 60s, and yet family earnings have stayed the same or even declined; and this with more than one family now together working far longer hours, instead of only one decently paid bread winner working a 40 hour week.

So what the Occupiers (including a great many who are not students) are fighting against, is a life of de facto slavery in which most of what they earn goes to less than 1% of the population who gain more and more wealth every year, while everyone else slips deeper into poverty and works harder and harder. Often these working poor have little or no health care security meaning that they fall irredeemably sick and die earlier in their lives than they would if the rich were not robbing them blind as unbenefited minimum wage slaves; forcing them to work their minds and bodies to the bone, and eat cheap unnourishing food, all making their health even more precipitous.

Other protesters have been made homeless by this unacceptable state of affairs, placing them at the very doorstep of illness and death as well. Such dangerous homelessness used to be so rare as to be almost unheard of, until those rich 1% started hoarding almost -everything- from everyone else.

So the protesters are, indeed, fighting for their very lives.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 4:52 pm
Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

Ignorant statements like yours typify what is 'wrong' and why tens of millions of people are protesting all over the world. I was not only 'involved' during the '60's, but also during the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, and other Worker actions back in the '50's. Some of the issues may appear to have 'changed', that was inevitable as basic conditions have deteriorated dramatically; but the basic demands remain the same, anyone with even superficial knowledge and minimal intellect would recognise that. I'm not going to waste my time trying to 'educate' you, I'm sure it has been tried before and proved a dismal failure.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

To @jespasinthru
I served in the military in the early Sixties in Japan and I watched the escalation of US forces in Vietnam with great interest. I went to University of Colorado in the late Sixties and I participated in marches and campus protests against the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. We, the public, are rapidly losing control of our government to corporations and financial interests. I can't think of anything more important to protest.

Posted by John on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

Do ya think it would be possible to provide some documentation for all this, Mr. Gaynor, thankyouverymuch!!!! The sloppiness of OWS supporters is getting on my nerves. If they hack and jam our Live Feeds, the old skool news sources step into the gap, but they can be hacked even more easily - as they always have been. Link to the video where these people are telling us these things. Link that to their credentials. Link to the Amy Goodman interview for Chrissake! Is it that hard?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 20, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

This group needs to be designated as a domestic terrorist organization for their nationwide conspiracy of life endangering assaults against U.S. citizens for no other reason than exercising their First Amendment rights.

The kind of violence being committed by the police under orders of their city and college administrators is Domestic Terrorism as defined by the U.S. Patriot Act.

Under the USA PATRIOT ACT, Section 802 of HR 3162 defines domestic terrorism as activities that:

1.) "involve acts dangerous to human life".

2.) "that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States".

3.) "appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;" or "to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion".

People should start pressing charges against these domestic terrorists. Take their photos, get videos and find witnesses willing to testify. Then go to the DA's office and demand arrests! Next, go to the FBI, the CIA or even to the U.S.Military and demand the criminals be designated as domestic terrorists. The law is for everyone to use, so use it!

Posted by Kevin Schmidt on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 5:52 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2mLSZ3Tuz4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVPUNww8Ewk
and...SURPRISE - You're on Kandid Kamera
http://www.policemag.com/Channel/Patrol/News/2011/11/17/Albuquerque-Cop-....
Unconfirmed rumors that local law enforcement may be editing these, and the many other such on-line examples, for inclusion in revised and updated training videos.
That should make the anonymous trolls here breathe easier and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 9:03 am

First, get one fact solidly in hand: there are no real Black Block anarchists. There's nobody wereing black masks, or armed with nunchukas to break store windows or with incendiaries to burn buildings.

That is a costume worn by far right provos when they adopt 'ratfucker" tactics to disrupt and discredit anti-corporatist protests. Genoa 2001, Rome 2011, Oakland 2011 -- same thing.

Second, PERF is the best of the best for professional analysis of police management -- policy, procedures, protocols.

Occupy want to be treated as Chapter 3 sports crowds. (D'oh!)

The how-to guide gives special attention to policing “Anarchists” at political events. Of course you want cops in among the crowd, so they can remove agent provocateurs ASAP.

Yes, we have common causes....

A shining example is the work in Chapter 9 of Managing Major Events: Best Practices from the Field. Avoiding litigation is best done by good communication and adhering to sensible controls on your politically-motivated far-rightie cops. (BIG D'OH !)

The provos are the enemies. Check out Mike Stack and Patrick Howley on 8-OCT-2011 at US Air & Space Museum. That's a mini-model for all these provocateur schemes. Dozens of people got sprayed. 100% a pre-planned rightie criminal scheme. Bragging about it on the web....

Posted by TuffsNotEnuff on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 9:52 am

Give me a fucking break! Most of the time the agent provocateurs -are- cops.

Your contention that cops are there to protect us from secret bad guys is HILARIOUS.

Spare us your cointelpro bull shit, pig.

We're smarter than that.

Run along home now little piggy...

Posted by anonymous on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 10:11 am

Agents provocateur, please.

The SFPD closed down the BART station entrances yesterday due to the imminent threat of politicians, theologians and octogenarian Daniel Ellsberg speaking to people in the middle of the 100 block of Market Street.

City government is BROKE, remember?

Posted by marcos on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 10:35 am

but it doesn't make any sense.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

PERF very obviously meets the standards for prosecution under the Racketeering, Influence, and Corrupt Organizations act. Attorneys, take note.

Posted by Fawkes on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

Headline on Democracy Now ~

"Washington Lobbying Firm Offers to Undermine Occupy Movement on Behalf of Wall Street A newly leaked memo reveals a high-powered Washington lobbying firm has offered to help key members of the banking community undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement. According to MSNBC, the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford sent the memo to the American Bankers Association and offered to conduct "opposition research" on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct "negative narratives" for a fee of $850,000. The memo advises the ABA to take the movement seriously, writing: "It may be easy to dismiss OWS as a ragtag group of protesters but they have demonstrated that they should be treated more like an organized competitor who is very nimble and capable of working the media, coordinating third party support and engaging office holders to do their bidding. To counter that, we have to do the same." The memo goes on to warn the ABA that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and suggests the financial industry focus its energy on specific races that would lead to Republican elections. The ABA has confirmed that it received the memo, but says it chose not to act on the advice in any way. Two of the memo’s authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for Republican House Speaker John Boehner."

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/21/headlines

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

I find it surprising that cops are amazed that as occupiers around the country, we talk to each other. We do. Constantly. Through a variety of means...police showing up at an Occupy encampment? Every other Occupy Group will know in about 30 seconds flat, or less. We are organized, we are strategic, and we stand up for our brothers and sisters. Dear Police and other Authorities:When you hurt my Occupy brothers and sisters, you hurt all of us. When you mess with them, you mess with ALL OF US!

We are here, our time has come, and no matter what, our voices will be heard, and this world will change. Their is no need for violence. Join us! And we will find solutions through peace.

Police are the 99%!

Posted by maddie on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 12:40 am

that demonstration does not mean that there are no young people in the party,
and I do not not see why the present membership of the socialist workers party dictates what its future membership will be.

Do you have any argument against the validity of the SWP political program or its political and economic analysis? I ask this because it merely begs the question to assume that only a gullible person, rather than a critical person, might join the party.

Posted by Michael W. on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 11:49 am

@marcos/eric......
Just kinda playing geriactric devil's advocate here. Criticism of many 'old-guard' lefties and antiquated disproven ideologies is justified and essential. In fact I think that may be one of the primary reasons that 'progressives' are unable to effect any significant change and 'come together; turf wars, ego, and personal/party agendas. The 'Labor/Union' lack of leadership and cojones over the past few decades is another.
Whilst the particular issues as voiced by the 'Occupy' movement may, superficially at least, appear to have a 'different' focus than those expressed by prior generations of activists, the underlying message and principles are constant. Most of them are enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. No taxation without representation; Live free or die; An injury to one is an insult to all; Smash the State; Off the Pigs: Shut the Mother Down; One Wo/man one Vote (a later addition); Give Peace a Chance: and my favorite 'I don't wanna eat your godamned cake, shove it up your fucking arse'.
The 'movement' was dying for lack of fresh new blood, I'm hopeful we may have received a life saving and affirming transfusion, about time. However I intend to keep on squeezing out what little I can spare for the cause.
So please m'dears, don't entirely dismiss me in my dotage; us 'elders' may still have something worthwhile to contribute, providing we keep taking our meds!!.
I may be a gamey old rooster but neither of you are spring chickens!!
'Happy' Thanksgiving.
Remember Alcatraz 1969-71.
Fighting Terrorism since 1492.
Occupy Our World

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

Finally. Ge them out of town. It's all a waste of time. There is no change that will become of this disorganized mess of laziness.

Posted by Good on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 9:39 am

There is nothing written in the First Amendment about permits, curfews, place, manner, safety and health issues, megaphones, drugs, tents, sleeping bags, generators, books, teach ins, being naked or saying mean things about the gilded fascist elite. It doesn't mention the number of people required to be an assembly or even if they must be U.S. citizens.

The only requirement for a constitutionally lawful assembly is being peaceful.

The kind of violence being committed by the police under orders of their city and college administrators, and coordinated by the criminal PERF is Domestic Terrorism as defined by the U.S. Patriot Act.

Under the USA PATRIOT ACT, Section 802 of HR 3162 defines domestic terrorism as activities that:

1.) "involve acts dangerous to human life".

2.) "that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States".

3.) "appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;" or "to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion".

People should start pressing charges against these domestic terrorists. Take their photos, get videos and find witnesses willing to testify. Then go to the DA's office and demand arrests! Next, go to the FBI, the CIA or even to the U.S.Military and demand the criminals be designated as domestic terrorists. The law is for everyone to use, so use it!

Posted by Kevin Schmidt on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

Cops don't realize what a tremendous favor they're doing for the protesters. People sitting there get little or no publicity. People getting pepper sprayed -- wow, that's news! Very sorry for the demonstrators paying the price of injury, pain, & disruption of their lives. I totally agree with OWS. Onward & upward OWS!!!

Posted by Guestzzz2z on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

These scumbags coordinate attacks on PEACEFUL UNARMED protestors, but when real terrorists were out in the streets not one cop was to be seen. I'm talking about the TeaBAGGERS and their armed demonstrations. Maybe if the Occupiers were armed the cops would think twice, but that would be playing right into their hands. Gandhi and MLK Jr. had it right, non-violence is the way. But I believe that if the cops start killing people all bets are off.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 24, 2011 @ 1:40 am

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And here I am saying HELLO EVERYBODY!! :D

Posted by HeitleMili on Nov. 19, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

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Posted by HeitleMili on Nov. 19, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

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