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Who's the Terrorist?

Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 23, 2013, 9:55 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: street.net, ndaa, nypd

On Monday, December 31st, Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post reported that weapons and high explosive powder were found in the home of a Greenwich Village couple. New York Post reporter Jamie Schram claimed that the accused is an "Occupy Wall Street activist", sans a single source (not even an anonymous one) for the OWS connection.

And so as the OWS PR working group was forced to call the press to account: "We urge members of the media to refrain from spreading rumors and misinformation," emphasizing in the immediate aftermath of the story that "There is nothing… to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested."

Soon after, this was confirmed by the NYPD in the New York Times, which acknowledged there was no evidence the accused was active in any political movements whatsoever. Within another day, Schram himself was forced to write an update which struck any mention of Occupy from the record. The Village Voice documented the lies in New York Post Helps NYPD Slander Occupy Wall Street (Again), followed by FAIR's account of the phony link between Occupy and the arrests, and another Voice headline: More Misresporting on the West Village Explosive Arrests.

This is far from the first time that the Post has distorted the facts of a story in order to associate the movement with violence. As Your Inbox: Occupied, has noted, the results of media misinformation have contributed to "the marginalization of constituencies and views that deserve respectful treatment by reporters, documented police violence, and unconstitutional domestic spying activities."

As Nick Pinto of the Village Voice notes, "a full two days after the Occupy link had already been debunked, CBS This Morning ran a segment doubling down on the false claim," going so far as to bring on Mitchell Silber of K2 Intelligence, a corporate investigation firm. "It's unclear why CBS doesn't bother to identify him as such," writes Pinto, "but well into 2012, Silber was the Director of the Analytic and Cyber Units in the NYPD's controversial Intelligence Division, where he was associated with the division's program of widespread surveillance of Muslim Americans."

Multiple times this year it has become clear that the effort to cast aspersions of criminality over this movement for equity and democracy portends an escalation in repression. When we first called attention to the National Defense Authorization Act, we were seeing frightening signs that violent elements acting outside of Occupy Wall Street and against our principles, will be marshaled to justify a future crackdown heralding from the inner sanctum of the Executive. And the scope of this problem has recently become even more pronounced through disclosures that the "FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America." This pathetic, yet extremely damaging example of collusion between Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street tabloid and elements within the FBI, proves the point.

If you need ideas to start moving from behind your screens and into the streets, we recommend that you start at the nonviolent database of direct action from Swarthmore College.

Reprinted with edits from OccupyWallStreet.net



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[-] 4 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

thanks for your hard work and getting the truth out there.

[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3340) 11 years ago

Compare OWS with HSBC or with the violent larceny of any of the other Grotesque Banker Criminals - http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/12/occupy_heavily.php ! Never Give Up OWS! Solidarity!

[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

HSBC directly funded terrorism. Other banks stealing homes.

The corruption is terrorism.

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3340) 11 years ago

We are terrorised by Wall Street and yes - 'the corruption is terrorism'! Where are the institutions of our 'democratic state' to defend us, The 99% from these Predatory Bankers? We have to do this ourselves it seems, so in keeping with the last link from Swarthmore, also see - http://www.nationofchange.org/how-start-direct-action-group-make-mlk-proud-1358864529 ! We Must Never Give Up Trying To Expose The Wall Street Occupation Of The USA!

[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

"We have to do this ourselves"

Right on!

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3340) 11 years ago

“Strategizing for a Living Revolution” - http://www.trainingforchange.org/node/181 - Never Give Up OWS!

[-] 1 points by Renneye (3874) 11 years ago

You could not be more correct TM! Others here may not appreciate this info from Max Igan, but I think you may relate with this link on 'global non-compliance'...


[-] 3 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

The New York Post's attempt to link Occupy with terrorism is shameful. It is reminiscent of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp's phone hacking scandal in Britain which caused so many innocent people so much harm. Rather, people like me, who simply want their children, and grandchild to have a chance to grow up in a better, more just world are patriots to the highest degree.


[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3340) 11 years ago

'NY Post Helps NYPD Slander OWS (Again)' - http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2013/01/new_york_post_h.php .

The Bankers, The Corporations, their FBI underlings & Corporate Media are desperate to tar OWS with false accusations and inferences in order to justify repression. All who support or sympathise with OWS should be aware of what is going on here and what is at stake as 'Terrorism' is just a trigger word really.

Thanks for this important post & for the excellent link from Swarthmore College - http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/browse_methods .

Never Give Up! Go Occupy Wall Street! Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23798) 11 years ago

"Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data"


What a waste of taxpayer money and a blight on our supposed "freedom."

[-] 2 points by mdarling (7) 11 years ago

Are you taking these fukas to criminal court?

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

This is the most insidious attempt at silencing this movement through propaganda, and lies. Most NY news sources did not take part and we questioned the Murdock owned NYPost immediately. Good job.

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3340) 11 years ago

Ditto & “Strategizing for a Living Revolution” - http://www.trainingforchange.org/node/181 ! There's Global Insurrection Against Banker Occupation so ... Never Give Up! OWS! Solidarity:)

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 11 years ago

There is no need for OWS to make terrorist threats when events like Aurora and Sandy Hook already happen, and fixing the problems in society that include OWS's concerns would also reduce the frequencies of those attacks.

And mass shootings are only a small fraction of gun fatalities even in the US. By working less in a specific way, we can reduce crime and also suicides (traditionally balanced against violence): http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-message-to-no-one/

[-] 1 points by FawkesNews (1290) 11 years ago


[-] 1 points by owsarmy (271) 11 years ago

The right Wing is the terrorists. Like RW wacko Murdocks nypost




[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago
[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Who's the Terrorist?

How about fossil fuel industries? ( See Sacrifice zones - see also growing health crises )

How about the mega monsters of wallstreet? ( see economic meltdown - see also the growing number of homeless )

How about corpoRAT Food? ( reference growing health crises - see also dangerous food additives - see GMO )

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago


Fight shock doctrine misinformation attacks.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago