Cross Posted from Source Watch
On May 20, 2013, DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy
released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror:
How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With
Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.”
The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained
from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how
state/regional “fusion center” personnel monitored the Occupy Wall
Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012.
The report also examines how fusion centers and other counter terrorism entities that
have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have
worked to benefit numerous corporations engaged in public-private
intelligence sharing partnerships.
While the report examines many instances of fusion center monitoring
of Occupy activists nationwide, the bulk of the report
details how counter terrorism personnel engaged in the Arizona Counter
Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC, commonly known as the “Arizona fusion center”) monitored and otherwise surveilled citizens active in
Occupy Phoenix, and how this surveillance benefited a number of
corporations and banks that were subjects of Occupy Phoenix protest
While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth with which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising their Constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights.
REPORT Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s ‘Counter Terrorism’ Apparatus, in Partnership with Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street
REPORT APPENDIX open records materials cited in report.
PRESS RELEASE “New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide”
SOURCE MATERIALS almost 10,000 pages of open records materials are archived on DBA Press.
PRWATCH ARTICLE “Dissent or Terror: How Arizona’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, in Partnership with Corporate Interests, Turned on Occupy Phoenix”