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  •  I really believe that the way it's written (9+ / 0-)

    shows that the person/group they are watching was external and not part of the FBI or other government organization. Yes, if you substitute anything else for OWS you start thinking about who might be targeting that person. It doesn't read like the report recounts an official plan, rather the surveillance of someone they deemed a threat to OWS organizers.

    I do hate what was done to OWS in painting them as some kind of dangerous group engaging in anything other than utterly peaceful protest. I hate the violence used against the protesters by police; the batons, the pepper spray, the horses, tear gas and bean bag rounds. It was brutal and unwarranted. They clearly targeted people trying to report what was happening. I'm sure that groups were infiltrated & monitored and that innocent people probably had all their communications under surveillance. It's abhorrent to me that people exercising their rights to free speech & assembly were targeted in that way.

    Having said that, I do not believe that the FBI or any other official agency was planning a sniper attack against OWS organizers. This document, in my estimation, shows that quite to the contrary, they were tracking someone that deemed to be a threat to OWS. We really don't know what happened to this potential sniper since the rest of the document is redacted. There were protests in Texas. This sniper scenario thankfully never unfolded. I would love to find out who this person/group was. I don't know if that's information we'll ever be able to get.

    "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

    by Siri on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 01:27:30 PM PST

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