The article was written by the lead investigative reporter at Truth-out.org: Jason Leopold.
“DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout
This report has been updated with new information gleaned from the cache of documents.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement, providing agency officials with threat assessments, regular updates about protests taking place throughout the country, responding to internal requests for intelligence on the group and mining Twitter and other social media for information about Occupy’s activities, according to hundreds of pages of internal documents DHS released to Truthout in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Eric Neuschaefer, a DHS FOIA program specialist, said the agency expects to release a second set of OWS-related documents to Truthout, the first news organization to file a FOIA request with DHS for OWS records, sometime in mid-April. He added that DHS will release files on a “rolling” basis once they are processed and cleared by DHS component offices.
While the nearly 400 pages of documents DHS released to Truthout Wednesday do not contain any smoking-guns showing that DHS worked with local law enforcement and local government officials “in any wholesale manner,” as noted by one DHS official, on the coordinated crackdown of Occupy encampments throughout the country last October, the materials provide deep insight into the agency’s interest in OWS and fears by some officials that DHS’s actions in certain cases may have risen to the level of unconstitutional surveillance….”