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OWS Activists Called Domestic Terrorists

Written by Subject: Police State
OWS Activists Called Domestic Terrorists

by Stephen Lendman

US history is littered with repressive laws. Constitutional protections and civil liberties have been targeted. The 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts restricted First Amendment freedoms.

So did the 1917 Espionage Act, 1919 anti-communist Palmer raids, 1934 Special Committee on Un-American Activities, its House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) successor, FBI COINTELPRO crackdowns, 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, 2001 USA Patriot Act, and other post-9/11 measures.

Police state harshness today reflects US policy. Compromised civil liberties expanded government surveillance, eroded habeas rights, formalized military tribunals, permitted torture-extracted confessions, and sanctified violence in the name of national security.

Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's gulag. It's the world's largest by far. It's one of the harshest.

Many there deserve praise, not imprisonment. OWS activists may join them. More on that below.

For the first time, Patriot Act provisions created the crime of domestic terrorism. Section 802 applies to persons alleged to engage in acts "dangerous to human life."

Evidence isn't needed. Accusations suffice. US citizens and permanent residents are vulnerable. They're frequent targets. They're unjustly accused of violating federal, state, or local laws if they:

• intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

• influence government policy by intimidation or coercion; and/or

• affect government conduct by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.

Patriot Act legislation enacted sweeping federal powers. They're used to investigate and prosecute alleged terrorism. Civil libertarians, environmental and animal rights activists are targeted.

Peaceful demonstrations are criminalized. At times, long-term incarceration follows.

In 2001, prominent Americans demonstrated on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Civil disobedience actions were included. Activists entered a US airbase. They harmed no one.

They protested against Pentagon exercises. They included bombings. This type activism is called domestic terrorism if done to influence government policy.

Patriot legislation's Section 806 lets authorities confiscate or freeze foreign and domestic assets. No hearing or notice is required.

Individuals, organizations, and other entities are vulnerable. Prosecutors can say they engaged in planning, supporting, concealing, or perpetrating any anti-American act of domestic or international terrorism.

Evidence isn't required. Guilt by accusation follows. Victims are some of America's best. They're targeted for their political beliefs. Putting their bodies on the line for justice harms them.

Wide-sweeping, vague legislative language perversely permits calling constitutionally protected acts terrorism.

Imagine being criminalized for doing the right thing. Occupy Wall Street activists were targeted straightaway. Dissent is called subversive.

Patriot Act provisions compromise due process, freedom of association, and protections from unreasonable searches and seizures.

They authorize unchecked surveillance powers. They're used to access personal records, monitor financial transactions, as well as student, medical and other documents.

Virtually anything goes replaced constitutional protections. No one's safe anywhere for doing the right thing.

America's on a slippery slope toward full-blown tyranny. Freedom hangs by a thread. Anyone challenging state power is vulnerable. Constitutional protections don't apply.

On December 24, Russia Today headlined "Terrorists and criminals: Documents prove FBI monitored OWS."

Federal surveillance was initiated weeks before demonstrations began.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is a public service legal organization. It's "dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination."

PCJF issues involve constitutional law, civil rights, women's rights, economic justice matters, and Freedom of Information Act cases.

Its work includes "landmark constitutional rights litigation, often concentrated in the areas of free speech, assembly or other protected political organizing activity."

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."

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."

At the same time, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secret Service agents were working cooperatively with state and local authorities.

They still do. They actively engage in infiltrating, disrupting, subverting, and destroying OWS in cities and communities nationwide.

Peaceful protests, marches, public speeches, picketing, sit-ins, camp-outs, leafleting, banner and placard displays, as well as other constitutionally protected activities are targeted.

Various Supreme Court cases affirmed that First Amendment protections are wide-ranging. They're not limited to speech and assembly. They include conduct intended to convey vital messages.

OWS activists put their bodies on the line for justice. They want Wall Street crooks held accountable. They're criminalized for doing the right thing.

It bears repeating. Tyranny in America approaches full-blown. Freedom hangs by a thread. Activism is called terrorism. Constitutional protections are null and void.

Some of America's best are called enemies of the state. Indefinite detentions threaten them. So does military tribunal justice. Perhaps targeted assassinations come next.

Police state harshness reflects official policy. No one anywhere is safe. Rogue governance takes precedence.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Comment by Larry Stuler
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     The slow erosion of freedom has been going on since the ink dried on the Declaration of Independence – do you really believe that the monarchy of Great Britain simply allowed their serfs to rebel and stop paying their tribute?  The Declaration’s main tenet that “all men are created equal” means that there could be no federal government regulatory agency, since if “all men are created equal”, no person or group of people, including government, could ever legally initiate force against any other person or group of people and, therefore, no way to steal the tribute that the monarchy demands.  The Constitution acknowledges this tenet by only granting the federal government jurisdiction over foreign commerce, interstate commerce, and trade with the Indians.  The Constitution could not grant the government any intrastate jurisdiction since “all men are created equal”.

          We have been slaves to the government for a long time – it was planned from the beginning.  The Founding Fathers were infiltrated by Great Britain’s bankers – Alexander Hamilton is the most notorious.


     Although Great Britain may have lost the American Revolution on the battlefield, it immediately sent in its bankers to slowly bankrupt America (the center of the world's banking is in London and note that while Europe is using the “Euro”, Great Britain continues to use the Pound) and then move forward under the foreign commerce clause where the government is sovereign.  This bankruptcy was accomplished in 1933 and the laws evidence this:  title 11 United States Code (USC), "Bankruptcy", is implemented by title 11 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), "Federal Elections" - America just elected a bankruptcy "administration". 


     However, since “all men are created equal”, simply bankrupting the government was not enough to exact the tribute that the monarchy of Great Britain demands.  In order to allow Great Britain to continue to enforce its “Stamp Act” (note that all internal duties were originally paid by stamp) it was necessary to slowly indoctrinate Americans that they must do two main things – have a birth certificate and apply for a Social Security #.


     The birth certificate is registering as a subject to the federal government.  The birth certificate is issued by the Department of Commerce.  Title 15 United States Code (USC), “Commerce”, is implemented by title 15 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “Commerce and Foreign Trade”.  As noted above the only jurisdiction that the government has is foreign commerce, interstate commerce, and trade with the Indians.  The legal term that the birth certificate signifies is the “ U.S. citizen”.  This term is defined at 26 USC section 2501(b) and exemplified at 26 CFR 25.2501-1(c) as a citizen born in one of the States who then establishes a residence in a U.S. possession ( Puerto Rico is used in the example) and, further, acquires U.S. possession citizenship.  Now who would ever relinquish sovereignty by acquiring U.S. possession citizenship?  No one would of course, but that is what the birth certificate signifies.  This is the 14th Amendment citizen – a person born in one of the States who is subject to its jurisdiction.  An American born in one of the States is sovereign and not subject to the very limited jurisdiction of the government, but by being considered a U.S. possession citizen one becomes subject to the government (Constitution grants the government control of its possessions – Article IV, Section 3).  The U.S. possessions are treated as foreign countries in the Internal Revenue Code, therefore, a “ U.S. citizen” living in the States is considered a foreigner.


     Now as a foreigner one may apply for a Social Security # - FICA is a U.S. possession tax (26 USC section 7655) – again, the government has no jurisdiction in the States since “all men are created equal” and whoever in whatever federal agency is simply another American with no jurisdiction over any other American.  The "Form SS-5" that you used to apply for a Social Security number is actually a federal employment form.  You joined the Merchant Marine and the S.S.# is your partnership number – you became a “taxpayer”.


     The definition of "taxpayer" is at 26 CFR 2.1-1(a)(5):  "Taxpayer means a citizen who has established or seeks to establish a construction reserve fund under the provisions of section 511 of the Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1936) and the regulations under this part, and may include a partnership.".  Further in this regulation at 26 CFR 2.1-1(b):  "Insofar as the computation and collection of taxes are concerned, other terms used in the regulations in this part, except as otherwise provided, have the same meaning as in the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations thereunder."


     The Declaration of Independence is the organic law of the land (see the beginning of volume 1, not title 1, of the USC) and this country was founded on the principle that "all men are created equal".  There was no such thing as a "taxpayer".  During the bankruptcy implementation of the 1930’s the bankers created Social Security, the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, and the integrated Internal Revenue Code of 1939.  That’s also when the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) was created in order to show the underlying jurisdiction now being used in the bankruptcy of America – it all comes down to foreign commerce.


     What about the income tax and the 16th Amendment?  The Supreme Court decisions all stated that the government always had this power and no new jurisdiction was created by the 16th Amendment.  Once again, it is foreign commerce – no new jurisdiction and a power that the government always had.


     During the War of 1812 Great Britain was impressing our Merchant Marine into service.  Now, through the great Social Security Scam, we Americans are being impressed into service for Great Britain's banks.  Go to to read "The Bankers' Blueprint to Destroy American Sovereignty" where all the actual statutes and regulations are in evidence directly from the government printing office.