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Forum Post: “(We) have to be careful not to allow this movement to get any legitimacy

Posted 3 years ago on Dec. 1, 2011, 5:13 a.m. EST by alouis (1511) from New York, NY
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Department of Homeland Security Adviser Helped Coordinate Police Crackdowns on Protests in 18 Cities Posted on November 29, 2011 by WashingtonsBlog Further Evidence of Coordination of Police Crackdowns on Occupy Protests Rich H. writes: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/department-of-homeland-security-adviser-helped-coordinate-police-crackdowns-on-protests-in-18-cities.html I know this is supposed to be a dead subject, but look what I found in ten minutes of research today.

The man acknowledged to be the facilitator of the mayor’s conference calls is one Chuck Wexler. Chuck is the Executive Director of PERF, of which we were informed. What wasn’t included is Mr. Wexler is also a member of the DHS Advisory Council. You’ll find his name second to the bottom.

http://www.dhs.gov/files/committees/editorial_0858.shtm

If it’s not good enough that Mr. Wexler was speaking with the mayors, don’t take my word for it, there’s probably dozens of links. Here’s one that may be considered valid. CBS.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57325562/mayors-talk-strategy-on-occupy-protests/

In Mr. Wexler’s interview with The Boston Phoenix he has the following to say. It’s as interesting for what’s said and what isn’t.

“No purpose aside to simply exchange information.” “This was just information sharing.”

“There hasn’t been an issue we haven’t been involved in.” – When speaking of other policing issues he’s dealt with.

“We are pulled in to help when things happen, and we’ll keep doing that when it’s the right thing.” – Apprently the OWS movement doesn’t count as “when things happen.”

Oh, and let’s not forget about the arrests in Portland or what Wexler’s boss had to say about this.

“(We) have to be careful not to allow this movement to get any legitimacy. I’m taking this seriously in that I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960′s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”

Congressman Peter King, Head of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Rich H’s characterization is a little over the top, since the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council is an outside advisory group, and isn’t directly part of DHS:

The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security. The Council comprises leaders from state and local government, first responder communities, the private sector, and academia.

So Wexler’s role in coordinating police crackdowns does not provide direct proof of Rick Ellis’ claim that “each of [the police] actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security”.

But since actions and decisions are often made through informal liaisons, by people wearing several hats, DHS could have played a role in coordinating the crackdowns even if no DHS official was directly involved.

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 3 years ago

Oh, it's legitimate all right. And all the trolls in the world that come here cannot destroy it. :D DHS cannot stamp that out. This anger will not go away.

[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 3 years ago

Agreed.

[-] 1 points by coach1640280 (9) 3 years ago

How to confront #c12,000+9 #occupy demonstrators

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1 Provide ample toilet facilities.

2 Provide ample dumpster trash facilities.

3 Provide ample police patrol for protection and service.

4 Provide adequate on-site emergency personnel.

5 Provide adequate fresh drinking water and distribution to demonstrators.

6 Muster scientific on-ground statistically valid polling resources.

7 Poll #occupy for issues of assembly for media and local government.

8 Keep riot trooper and paranoia gear off stage, out of sight and mind.

9 People first, before government or any rule of law.

10 What do #c12000+9 #occupy demonstrators do? Whatever they want!

11 Thank heaven for concerned citizen assembly. God Bless America.

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